The Hill: Removing children from their parents doesn’t just happen at the border

“In 2017, 10 percent of children were removed for inadequate housing, a number comparable or exceeding removal rates for physical or sexual abuse respectively. In fact, since 2009, removals based on inadequate housing having been steadily increasing.

According to Emma Ketteringham, managing director of the family defense practice at Bronx Defenders in New York, Child Protective Services (CPS) “has not been equipped to address the daily manifestations of economic and racial inequality. Instead, it is designed to treat structural failings as the personal flaws of low-income parents.”

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