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System-Impacted Youth Must Lead Conversations on Reimagining Child Welfare
By The Imprint, Daniel Bisuano, Ivanna Jackson, Breyon Johnson, Evelyn Karina Rodriguez, Latrice Marie Ventura, March 7, 2022|
Former Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Dominique Mikell Montgomery and the Rooted Collective authored an article for The Imprint about the value of centering voices directly impacted by child welfare in conversations about reimagining the child welfare system.
During the summer of 2020, streets across the country rumbled with outcries of “No justice, no peace,” igniting a national reckoning over how structural anti-Blackness and institutional racism are embedded in our policing systems and in society at large. The movement was sparked by the senseless killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other Black individuals at the hands of police and private citizens.
Before long, this reckoning extended beyond the realm of policing to include other systems and institutions, including child welfare.