In this episode, we discuss how parents who have been targeted by the family policing system (child protective services) experience all the systems, together, allied to the detriment of their own families. By sharing her powerful-first hand experience, Jeannette Vega inspires a life beyond fear and shame, where the experiences of parents who had their children removed are honored and become the core to support system transformation.
Our guest, Jeanette Vega is a proud mother of four boys and a proud parent advocate in NYC. Jeannette my own personal experience with child welfare in 1999 and it was over in 2002. Jeanette started contributing to Rise in 2008 and began as a Training Director in 2018. She is now the Assistant Director for Training and Policy at Rise. Jeanette specializes in presenting parents’ perspectives to child welfare professionals and training other parents to become advocates. Jeanette leads Rise’s work consulting with the Administration for Children’s Services and other agencies on their internal staff trainings. Jeanette graduated from the Child Welfare Organizing Project’s Parent Leadership Training in 2005 and was one of the first parent advocates to staff Child Safety Conferences in New York City. Jeannette is also the Equity and Parent Advocacy Chair for Home for Good Coalition.
Resources mentioned on the show:
Home for Good Coalition Website
Originally aired on 02/25/2021