child welfare

How Will You Talk to Your Kids About Drug Safety?

If you are a parent, or hope to be someday, you’ve likely considered how you will teach your children about…

October 6, 2020

“The Civil Death Penalty”—My Motherhood Is Legally Terminated

It’s afternoon on the Monday after the Fourth of July. My daughters, ages five and six, sit perched on the…

July 13, 2020

Court Reins In Social Workers’ Power in Drug-War Child Removals

Social workers are overlooked actors in the drug war, separating parents who use drugs from their children, often regardless of…

April 2, 2020

Child Reunification May Soon Be Impossible for Pregnant Drug Users in North Carolina

North Carolina state representatives have approved a bill that would make it easier for courts to keep families permanently separated…

February 5, 2020

NYC Officials Propose “Universal Affordable Housing”

Imagine a homeless family of three fortunate enough to receive a rental assistance voucher from the city of New York.…

February 5, 2020

What Harm Reductionists Think About Sesame Street’s Addiction Representation

Sesame Street, the long-running children’s television show, has taken on issues ranging from exercise to incarceration. On October 9, Sesame…

October 17, 2019

Childhood Development Issues and Adult Addiction Fit the Same Pattern

Behavioral-developmental challenges in childhood and addiction problems in adulthood are two sides of the same coin. Both constitute self-defeating patterns…

May 21, 2019

Our Irrational Cruelty to Pregnant or Parenting People Who Use Drugs

Keri, now 35 and studying to become an addiction treatment counselor in Illinois, learned she was pregnant in 2016. In…

April 13, 2019

A Cop at My Bedside: The Nightmare of Disclosing MAT Before Giving Birth

I gave birth to my elder daughter in Palm Beach County, Florida in 2014. She was delivered by paramedics after…

April 5, 2019

We Need More Focus on How the Drug War Attacks Parents of Color

It would be hard to dispute that the War on Drugs, instigated by President Nixon in 1971, has deliberately targeted…

March 28, 2019