The child welfare system was never created to support families; the only option we have is to shift to a system supporting them.
Public Knowledge® management consultant Jey Rajaraman will be speaking on this further at the symposium at Rutgers Law School during What’s Next? Supporting Children, Youth, and Families in a Post-Abolition World.
Creating the New: What Should We Plan for the Future?
The current child welfare system has made it clear it is broken—trying to adjust small parts of it is not the answer. Jey will be speaking on a panel at What’s Next? Supporting Children, Youth, and Families in a Post-Abolition World at Rutgers Law School alongside other advocates and experts in the field.
- Julia Davis, Director of Youth Justice and Welfare, Children’s Defense Fund – New York
- Kaysie Getty, Senior Program Analyst, Center for the Study of Social Policy
- Josh Gupta-Kagan, Clinical Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
- Denice Ocana, Youth Action Organizer, YouthNPower: Transforming Care at the Children’s Defense Fund
- Served as chief counsel for the Legal Services of New Jersey for 15 years, advocating for families.
- A part of our Family Integrity & Justice Works (FIJ Works) team at Public Knowledge®, assisting jurisdictions in transforming existing child welfare systems into approaches that strengthen and support families.
FIJ Works is Changing the Narrative
FIJ Works at Public Knowledge® has two overarching goals:
- Preventing the need for families to ever make formal contact with the child welfare system.
- Radically change the experience for those children and families who must interact with the system.
Through our FIJ Works Demonstration sites, we partner with states to make real, impactful, and lasting change. In turn, it creates structures that invest in whole families, end unnecessary separation, and shift the power back to families.