How can the child welfare system be reformed? Join Senior Research Associate Amanda N. Barczyk, Ph.D., M.S.W., as she talks with experts who share their perspectives.

Guests will discuss significant problems facing the child welfare system; recommendations for improving, restructuring, or completely reimagining it; and thoughts on the role research and evaluation could play in advancing reform. Episodes will be released through spring 2024. Listen on SoundCloud or wherever you get your podcasts. An accessible version with captions is available on YouTube.

  1. Abolishing the Child Welfare System, Part 1. This first episode is part 1 of Dr. Barczyk’s talk with Dorothy Roberts, J.D., Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania and an acclaimed scholar of race, gender, and the law. They discuss major problems facing the child welfare system; what child welfare abolition means; how to build a more just approach to better meet the needs of children and families; and how reform could positively impact children who are overrepresented in the system, including BIPOC children and those identifying as LGBTQ+.
  2. Abolishing the Child Welfare System, Part 2. The second episode is part 2 of Dr. Barczyk’s interview with Dorothy Roberts. They discuss the role research and data could play in advancing child welfare reform, including gaps in existing research, ways to measure the impact of reform strategies, and ways to improve the quality and relevance of research.