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If You Do Nothing Else, Please Take Time to Listen: Black Families and the Child Welfare System

Thursday, September 15, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

It is widely understood that unacceptable and unsustainable racial disparities have resulted in a disproportionate number of Black children being placed in foster care before the age of 18. Decades of research, policy and practice efforts have done little to redress disproportionality, while families are often left with little benefit and significant emotional cost post-system involvement.

Join us as we share insights from providers and parents who have navigated the child welfare system, and examine both the pitfalls of excluding parents from planning for their families and the benefits of inclusive decision-making.

This Building a Transformative 21st Century Research Agenda presentation is part of a six-webinar series and presented in partnership with the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) and the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Register online to receive Zoom information on the morning of the event. You can also join us during the live stream.

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Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Brown School


Humanities & Society, Campus & Community



Social Work
Event Contact


Speaker Information

Tricia Stephens, LCSW-R, PhD
Assistant Professor, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York

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