The foster care system in the United States is home to over 400,000 children, but it casts an even larger shadow because for every removal, there is a much larger number of investigations involving social workers, attorneys, judges and countless others. Similar to the system of mass incarceration described by Michelle Alexander, this serves to entangle disproportionately African Americans and poor families in a coercive system of control.
What other parallels can we draw between the US foster care system and our criminal injustice system? How did the foster care system come about in our history and why? What role(s) does it play for capitalism – a system based on inequality? What would a more just approach to helping families and children look like? What reforms would contribute to changing the relationship of child welfare to the families who live under its control?
Join Don Lash and the Uptown branch of the International Socialist Organization (ISO) for a talk and discussion on his article, “Race and class in the US foster care system.” Don Lash is a lawyer practicing child welfare and education law, and a member of the International Socialist Organization. He lives and works in New York City.
Wednesday, Jan 22 @ 6:30pm
2082 Lexington Ave, 4th Floor
New York, NY
And join Don Lash again on January 31 for the ISR Launch Party.
The Uptown branch of the International Socailist Organization (ISO)