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.


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


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


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.