Countless children enter foster care due to allegations of domestic violence in the home. Often, these allegations fall under a finding of neglect for failure to protect. Yet removing children from their homes and placing them in foster care for an isolated allegation of domestic violence can result in further trauma for both the DV survivor and the children, and result in other harms, particularly in diverse communities of color.
Our research explores the gaps in policy, practice, training, data collection and cultural competency where domestic violence and foster care merge, and proposes thoughtful solutions appropriate for local and national audiences.
In addition to listening sessions and a speaker series reflecting the lived experiences of survivors and those who work within the field, a report will be released in spring 2021. A virtual summit will showcase this report.