Broken: Transforming Child Protective Services—Notes of a Former Caseworker--Jessica Pryce in conversation with Karimah Dillard

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Broken: Transforming Child Protective Services—Notes of a Former Caseworker--Jessica Pryce in conversation with Karimah Dillard

By Charis Books and More/Charis Circle

Charis welcomes Jessica Pryce in conversation with Karimah Dillard for a discussion of Broken: Transforming Child Protective Services—Notes of a Former Caseworker. Joining the ranks of Evicted and The New Jim Crow, a former caseworker’s searing, clear-eyed investigation of the child welfare system—from foster care to incarceration—that exposes the deep-rooted biases shaping the system, witnessed through the lives of several Black families. This event is co-sponsored by GCADV, WRCDV, and SisterSong. The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) is the leading voice to end domestic violence in Georgia, representing over 50 domestic violence organizations and programs across the state. Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence's mission is to create a society in which domestic violence no longer exists. We strive to meet the immediate and long-term needs of the diverse community of domestic violence survivors and their children with programs that promote safety, compassion, connection, advocacy, and prevention. Sister Song's mission is to strengthen and amplify the collective voices of indigenous women and women of color to achieve reproductive justice by eradicating reproductive oppression and securing human rights.

Dr. Jessica Pryce knows the child welfare system firsthand and, in this long overdue book, breaks it down from the inside out, sharing her professional journey and offering the crucial perspectives of caseworkers and Black women impacted by the system. It is a groundbreaking and eye-opening confrontation of the inherent and systemic racism deeply entrenched within the child welfare system.

Pryce started her social work career with an internship where she was committed to helping keep children safe. In the book, she walks alongside her close friends and even her family as they navigate the system, while sharing her own reckoning with the requirements of her job and her role in the systemic harm. Through poignant narratives and introspection, readers witness the harrowing effects of a well-intentioned workforce that has lost its way, demonstrating how separations are often not in a child’s best interests.

With a renewed commitment to strengthening families in her role as activist, Pryce invites the child welfare workforce to embark on a journey of self-reflection and radical growth. At once a framework for transforming child protective services and an intimate, stunning first-hand account of the system as it currently operates, Broken takes everyday scenarios as its focus rather than extreme child welfare cases, challenging readers to critically examine their own mindsets and biases in order to reimagine how we help families in need.

Jessica Pryce is on Faculty at Florida State University’s College of Social Work. For the past fifteen years, she has worked in child welfare from multiple angles, including direct casework, research, teaching, training, and policy development. She has trained over 150 child welfare organizations where she empowers professionals to reimagine their role and their work. She currently lives in Florida where she partners with child welfare leaders who are working on system-wide culture shifts and organizational change.

Karimah Dillard, LMSW, RDT/BCT is The Director of Policy and Co-Director of the Justice for Incarcerated Survivors project with the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV). Karimah has been a part of the domestic violence movement since 2017 first as an Advocate and then as Manager of Community Partnerships for a local domestic violence agency. In her current role with GCADV, Karimah’s primary focus is to collaborate with coalition members, lawmakers and key stakeholders in advocating for local and federal policies that uphold and protect the interests and rights of survivors across the state of Georgia. Karimah provides leadership and oversight in GCADV’s Justice for Incarcerated Survivors (JFIS) project where she advocates on behalf of incarcerated survivors with a history of domestic violence.

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices.

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