News and Media
By Roxanna Asgarian, Texas Monthly, September 21, 2021
By Sara Tiano, The Imprint, August 4, 2021
By Sylvia Harvey, The Imprint, May 2, 2021
This article describes a wave of terminations of parental rights during COVID, which has proceeded despite the barriers that families have faced in accessing services and time with their families. It details how the Suspend the Timeline Not Parental Rights During a Public Health Crisis Act, an act sponsored by Rep. Gwen Moore and proposed by United Family Advocates, would spare children and parents the trauma of unnecessary termination of parental rights during the global pandemic. Kathleen Creamer of UFA notes that “COVID guidance failed to halt the push for quick terminations in child welfare courtrooms...The plea contained in the [federal guidance] was unenforceable, and indeed undermined by statutory language and daily practice in family courts.”
By Chris Gottlieb, Time Magazine, March 17, 2021
Kathleen Creamer and Chris Gottlieb of United Family Advocates discuss why families are harmed by the Adoption and Safe Families Act and offer concrete suggestions to reorient federal law to support lifelong family connections for children and parents.
By Diane Redleaf, The Imprint, December 21, 2020
Diane Redleaf of United Family Advocates argues that the incoming Biden administration should focus on child welfare's "pathological need to pathologize families, instead of helping them with their obvious needs," and calls for "a system built around an infusion of flexible dollars to be used for families' concrete needs."
By Diane Redleaf and Lenore Seknazy, New York Daily News July 6, 2020
By Diane Redleaf, The Atlantic, January 27, 2019