No Way to Treat a Child: How the Foster Care System, Family Courts, and Racial Activists Are Wrecking Young Lives

No Way to Treat a Child: How the Foster Care System, Family Courts, and Racial Activists Are Wrecking Young Lives

by Naomi Schaefer Riley
No Way to Treat a Child: How the Foster Care System, Family Courts, and Racial Activists Are Wrecking Young Lives

No Way to Treat a Child: How the Foster Care System, Family Courts, and Racial Activists Are Wrecking Young Lives

by Naomi Schaefer Riley

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Overview

The American child welfare system is bent toward protecting adults, not children.

Kids in danger are treated instrumentally to promote the rehabilitation of their parents, the welfare of their communities, and the social justice of their race and tribe—all with the inevitable result that their most precious developmental years are lost in bureaucratic and judicial red tape. It is time to stop letting efforts to fix the child welfare system get derailed by activists who are concerned with race-matching, blood ties, and the abstract demands of social justice, and start asking the most important question: Where are the emotionally and financially stable, loving, and permanent homes where these kids can thrive?

“Naomi Riley’s book reveals the extent to which abused and abandoned children are often injured by their government rescuers. It is a must-read for those seeking solutions to this national crisis.” —Robert L. Woodson, Sr., civil rights leader and president of the Woodson Center

“Everyone interested in child welfare should grapple with Naomi Riley’s powerful evidence that the current system ill-serves the safety and well-being of vulnerable kids.” —Walter Olson, senior fellow, Cato Institute, Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642936575
Publisher: Bombardier Books
Publication date: 10/12/2021
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 528,759
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Naomi Schaefer Riley is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute focusing on issues regarding child welfare; a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum; and a writer who examines parenting, higher education, religion, philanthropy, and culture.

She is a former columnist for the New York Post and has worked as a Wall Street Journal editor and writer. She is also the author of six books, including, Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat.

Her book, Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America, was named an editor’s pick by the New York Times Book Review.

Ms. Riley’s writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the LA Times, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She appears regularly on Fox News, Fox Business, and CNBC. She has also appeared on Q&A with Brian Lamb as well as the Today Show.

She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in English and Government. She lives in the suburbs of New York with her husband, Jason, and their three children.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Putting Adults First 13

Chapter 1 Felicia's Story-Counting Our Failures on the Hands of One Child 27

Chapter 2 The Ideology of Family Preservation-Sacrificing Child Safety for Family Unity 38

Chapter 3 Blood May Be Thicker, but It's Not Always Better: The Problem with Kinship Care 61

Chapter 4 Separate and Unequal: How a Racialized Ideology Is Putting Kids in Danger 77

Chapter 5 The Problem Is Not Poverty, It's Drugs 107

Chapter 6 Searching for Justice in Family Court 127

Chapter 7 The Child-Welfare Cartel: Why CPS Investigators Are Underqualified and Undertrained 145

Chapter 8 Moneyball for Child Welfare: How Big Data Can Help Fix the System 167

Chapter 9 It's a Hard-Knock Life in Group Homes-But Possibly Better Than the Alternative 192

Chapter 10 The Power of Faith: How Religious Communities Are Making Foster Care Stronger 215

Chapter 11 The War Against Faith-Based Foster Care 236

Chapter 12 Raising the Bar: Getting Middle-Class Americans to Do Foster Care 250

Chapter 13 What's Holding Us Back? Changing the Laws and the Politics of Child Welfare 273

Conclusion 287

Acknowledgments 297

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