“Stop-and-Frisk” for Caregivers: How Expanded Mandated Reporting Laws Hurt Families

A new article out in Truth-Out quotes Executive Director Charity Tolliver about the realities of mandated reporting. Some key quotes:

  • “These expansions of mandated reporting are often seen by the public as unquestionably beneficial, but they are rife with consequences.”
  • “Expanding mandated reporting is like stop-and-frisk,” Dorothy Roberts, author of Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare and a law professor at University of Pennsylvania, told Truthout. “Because of individual and institutionalized racial bias in child maltreatment reporting, like the bias in police surveillance, these seemingly neutral practices that are supposed to increase safety end up unjustly punishing people of color.”
  • “Tolliver does the math. “In Illinois, it costs $40,000 – $42,000 a year to keep a child in foster care, yet most families where that child lives are living below the poverty line.” She says it would make an “extraordinary difference” for that family to have access to even a portion of these resources. “
  • “‘We aren’t solving anything by removing kids,” Tolliver said. “Most will not go back to homes that are healthier or stronger. Rather, the state has done damage, pulling parents from their jobs, placing them in a panic mode and under surveillance, and not investing in families.'”

See more: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41096-stop-and-frisk-for-caregivers-how-expanded-mandated-reporting-laws-hurt-families

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Refusing To Be Complicit in our Prison nation: Teachers Rethinking Mandated Reporting

“Refusing To Be Complicit in our Prison nation: Teachers Rethinking Mandated Reporting” – By Erica Meiners & Charity Tolliver

BBS Executive Director Charity Tolliver and School to Prison Pipeline scholar and activist Erica Meiners recently published a paper on the role of teachers as Mandated Reporters in the journal Radical Teacher.

“Teachers are mandated reporters who are required by law to report suspected negligence and abuse. While on paper this charge looks neutral, this essay illustrates why teachers should rethink their roles and organize against mandated reporting laws. To teach to ensure that all Black Lives Matter requires refusing to be complicit in the mechanisms that contribute to the destruction of too many families and communities.”

Read the full article: http://radicalteacher.library.pitt.edu/…/r…/article/view/286