For the first part, please read through the multiple reports by the Court Monitors and answer the following questions:

1. Take time to review the following 3 reports and speak to 5 issues/topics or pieces of information discussed in the reports. These reports are lengthy and I do not expect you to read through all of them, but I do expect you to take time to go through and see what topic/issue catches your attention and speak about them. First list and then in 25 words or more, for each issue/topic, describe why you think this issue/topic or piece of information is important for social workers to be aware of.  

https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/tx-foster-monitors-report.pdf

https://www.childrensrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Texas-child-welfare-monitors-report-June-2020.pdf

https://www.kxan.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2021/05/Dkt-1079-2021-05-04-Second-Report-of-Monitors.pdf

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For the second part, please watch/listen to the short videos and answer the following questions:

2. From all of the videos you viewed, what are the top 10 things you walked away learning about the Texas foster care crisis. There is no word count for this part, but I do expect you to provide well-developed and thoughtful answers. 

Two Texas Family and Protective Services leaders exiting beleaguered agency – BY WILLIAM MELHADO OCT. 21, 2022

https://www.texastribune.org/2022/10/21/texas-cps-dfps-shakeup/

Texas foster care crisis worsens, with fast-growing numbers of children sleeping in offices, hotels, churches – BY REESE OXNER AND NEELAM BOHRA JULY 19, 2021

https://www.texastribune.org/2021/07/19/texas-foster-care-crisis/The ‘Children Without Placement’ – Oct 16, 2022

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceslyEREd5M

Texas’ Foster Care Capacity Crisis Puts Hundreds Of Children At ‘Unreasonable Risk Of Serious Harm’ – Nov 22, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBP7Rj0q2ag

KSAT Explains: Family Tapestry, CPS and the broken foster care system in Texas – Aug 24, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnaMqV7ugJQ

State of Texas: Attacks on CPS workers spike in Texas – Jun 26, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToJ82O9jSyA

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For the third part, please watch/listen to the panelists and their conversation about the role of social workers organizing for justice in the so-called child welfare system and answer the following questions:

Social Work and Abolishing the Family Regulation System

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2_LKmSz0Iw

3. One of the panelists, Joyce, in her description of the so-called Child Welfare System, asks: “Why is it only Black people who this system has captured in their debunked system that creates failure? In 50 words or more, do you agree or disagree with this question? 

4. One of the panelists, MJ, talks about professionalism and how she views it similarly to white supremacy and hierarchy. She also mentions the need to change the way we view and call those we are working to help, from client to relative. In 50 words or more, do you agree or disagree with her perspective?

5. One of the panelists, Halimah, states: “A drug test is not a parenting test.” She further explains this statement, around at the 27 minute mark. In 50 words or more, do you agree or disagree with her perspective?

6. One of the panelists, MJ, states that people of color have been used as a tool against those who they are working to help, in particular people of color. She further states, “If you are not dismantling, you are upholding.” In 50 words or more, do you agree or disagree with her statements?

Testimonials

For the first part, please read through the multiple reports by the Court Monitors and answer the following questions: 1. Take time to review the following 3 reports and speak to 5 issues/topics or pi