Brandyncole Brooks – Session I

Black single mothers and the child welfare system: A workshop on addressing oppression


Brandyncole Brooks, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology,  DC Campus

Historically, the child welfare system has ignored the intersectional existence of Black single mothers. From the segregation of the child welfare system, to stereotypes placed on Black women, to the experience of Black social workers’ internalized oppression, Black children have languished in foster care. This workshop will examine the pressures, hardships, and oppression women of color face when involved with the child welfare system, while highlighting ways Social Workers can empower themselves and others to face and work against oppression. Participants will learn how intersectionality and ideological, institutional, interpersonal, and internalized oppression affects the safety, permanence, and well-being of children. Through research and real life examples, attendees will be immersed in a historical perspective of oppression faced by Black single mothers involved with social service systems, understand the definition of oppression and its four interrelated facets, examine ways oppression plays out in child welfare services, and discover new integrated methods of addressing oppression.