Movement for Family Power’s mission is to fight the child welfare system’s criminalization and punishment of families.


We hope to challenge the prevailing narrative of the child protection system as one that either
protects children and helps families or one that doesn’t have enough funding to put enough
children in foster care to protect them. We hope to begin to shed light on how the child
protection system operates similarly to the criminal legal system to criminalize and punish poor
and marginalized communities and strip them of economic, social and political power. We hope
that as we build up this evidence and research base, the media narrative will change, and more
organizations within the movement will begin working on this issue. We hope to simultaneously
undertake policy and legal advocacy to fight the criminalizing and punishing tendencies of the
child protection system.