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Black Birth Mothers Encouraged to Participate in Survey

We recently received this invitation from FREDLA (The Family-Run Executive Directors Leadership Association) encouraging us to share a Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) research project. The project leaders are seeking Black birth mothers for a thirty-minute interview about their experiences with the child welfare system.Below is a verbatim announcement from CWLA. Note that if you’re interested, you can write Dr. Darcey Merritt at to give them your contact info and get more information on participating.

Birth Parents Invited to Share Input

New York University, Silver School of Social Work and New York Foundling invite Black birth mothers to be involved in a research project about their experiences with the child welfare/protective system (related to child neglect) and subsequent participation in prevention programs. Completing the survey will take approximately 30 minutes and participants will receive a $50 Amazon gift card for their time.

This research study is aimed at understanding how Black birth mothers are impacted by child protective services. For instance, sometimes families are hurt because child neglect is misunderstood from the perspectives of moms. Overall, we want to do a better job of understanding parenting decisions. The purpose is to help the system pay closer attention to the realities and perspectives of Black moms and their decisions.

All information collected will be confidential. If you know someone who is interested in participating, please have them reach out to Dr. Darcey Merritt at and leave their full name and contact information.

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