The ethical and professional responsibilities of social workers and other mandatory reporters are aligned with supporting families, however the current punitive system of mandated reporting does not support families or communities. This workshop will delve into the history and practice of mandatory reporting, the profession’s carceral implications, and supporting participants in re-defining their role from mandated reporters to “Mandated Supporters.”
Central to this shift is the incorporation of critically analyzing themes of power, race, oppression, and privilege. The presenters will unpack alternative responses to mandated reporting that are liberatory, harm reductive, and de-colonial. Most importantly, this course will provide ways for mandatory reporters to holistically center families within their professional roles and obligations.
Shalonda Curtis-Hackett is a community outreach coordinator for Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and is also an inaugural graduate of the very first JMACforFamilies H.E.A.L. Program. She is an intentional and brilliant community leader, Founding birthkeeper of T.R.A.P. House Doulas, who has published several op-eds, appeared in the media to fight against family policing. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and has boots on the ground working to support families impacted by the family policing system. She has spoken on several NYS assembly committee panels and local community events. As a birthkeeper she supports abolition practices in all aspects of society. She is an active member in each of these coalitions, Informed Consent Coalition, Repeal CAPTA Coalition, Alliance for Quality Education A.C.T., DSCNY Coalition, P.L.A.N. Coalition and is a living embodiment of community.
Kamaria Excell is a Black Queer Feminist, Doula, and Social Worker with nuanced experience in community engagement, violence prevention, and reproductive justice work. Her diverse work and lived experiences have equipped her with the skills to adequately create an affirming space that allows folks to dig deeper into healing from the impacts of interpersonal trauma and interlocking systems of oppression. She is dedicated to living in a world where all families and communities are safe, free, and thriving.
Krystin Hernandez is an abolitionist educator and attorney, working alongside impacted parents and children, to build a world free from the violence of family policing, surveillance, and separation. Grounded in principles of racial, reproductive, transformative, and disability justice, Krystin is passionate about supporting communities fighting for and dreaming collective liberation into existence.
Speaker intros 0:00
Session overview 4:36
Who is JMACForFamilies? 5:28
US culture of violence 7:24
What is family policing? 9:23
Reproductive justice & social determinants of health 11:05 Who are Mandated Reporters? 15:05
Understanding mandated reporting laws 17:35
Context of mandated reporting 22:26
Discerning “neglect” from need 33:58
Discerning “abuse” from transphobia 38:22
Impacts of mandated reporting 44:12
Self-reflection prior to calling ACS 57:39
Mitigating harm if you must call ACS 1:04:25
What happens after the call? 1:11:24
Q: How do we defend our clients from false accusations of abuse for supporting someone exploring gender identity? 1:39:12
What is the role of sexual assault advocacy agencies in perpetuating family policing? 1:43:49 Why don’t DPS/CPS fill needs instead of removals? 1:48:04
Any advice for working with those who are defensive about CPS? 1:52:34
How to support a transgender minor living with violently conservative parents? 1:57:16
How to respond to a verbally/physically abusive neighbor with young children? 1:59:30