Sharon, a natal mother

“Sharon” is a successful artist who was in her mid-forties at the time her daughter was taken into CPS. She felt particularly targeted on a few fronts: as a single mother, as a religious minority member, and as someone who doesn’t conform to middle class norms because...

Geri, a natal grandmother

“Geri” is also a natal grandmother who hoped to get custody of her grandchildren. She self-identified as a married Caucasian, in her late 40s or early 50s, working class, living off a joint income of under $50,000 annually, in a prairie state. Like most of the family...

Darlene, a natal grandmother

“Darlene” self-identified as a white, female in her early 60s, whose experience with foster care was in the Midwest. Her two grandchildren were placed in kinship care and foster families. Her family was living on a working class income. Her partner or spouse was...

Becky, a natal mom

“Becky” self-identified as a white female in her early 30s, with four children living in the Northeast U.S. Her children were placed in a variety of living situations (kinship, guardianship, foster family, and adoption) before her parental rights were terminated a...

Amanda, a natal mom

“Amanda” lost four of her five children to foster care when she was in her late twenties. They experienced kinship, adoption, and institutional placements. Her parental rights were terminated after 20 months. At the time she shared her story, she was a student; but at...