unsystem family Stories

In the summer of 2018, we co-produced a story series with the artists at Pollen Midwest These true stories about real-life, high-stakes family challenges will have you redefining "family" and rethinking the way we (mis?)treat parents who struggle.

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Systems are not designed to raise children—families are. Beyond immediate relatives, children are connected to a web of people.

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Sometimes CPS separates family members when a caregiver struggles to make sure a child has food, clothes or running utilities.

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Separation from a loving parent is rarely the answer to a tough situation. When challenges exist, parents need additional support to keep their children safe.