Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families--and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World Spiral-Bound | April 5, 2022

Dorothy Roberts

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An award-winning scholar exposes the foundational racism of the child welfare system and calls for radical change 
Many believe the child welfare system protects children from abuse. But as Torn Apart uncovers, this system is designed to punish Black families. Drawing on decades of research, legal scholar and sociologist Dorothy Roberts reveals that the child welfare system is better understood as a “family policing system” that collaborates with law enforcement and prisons to oppress Black communities. Child protection investigations ensnare a majority of Black children, putting their families under intense state surveillance and regulation. Black children are disproportionately likely to be torn from their families and placed in foster care, driving many to juvenile detention and imprisonment. 
The only way to stop the destruction caused by family policing, Torn Apart argues, is to abolish the child welfare system and liberate Black communities. 
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Original Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384 pages
ISBN-10: 1541675444
Item Weight: 1.3 lbs
Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.6 inches
Customer Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars 101 to 500 ratings
“Mind-blowing…a devastating indictment of the [child welfare] system.”—Ibram X. Kendi, Guardian
Dorothy Roberts is the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she directs the Penn Program on Race, Science, and Society. The author of four books, including Killing the Black Body, she lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.