Conversations with CASA – The upEND Movement

This episode of Conversations with CASA features Kristen Weber, Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Justice at the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and Alan J. Dettlaff, Dean of the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston, who co-lead the newly launched upEND movement. The upEND movement is a grassroots advocacy network designed to tap into work already being done and spark new work that will ultimately create a society in which the forcible separation of children from their families is no longer an acceptable solution for families in need. Created by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, upEND is working to recreate the child welfare system into a system that is anti-racist and truly prioritizes support for, not dissolution of, families.

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is a national, non-profit policy organization that connects community action, public system reform, and policy change to create a fair and just society in which all children and families thrive. The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) prepares diverse leaders in practice and research to address complex challenges and achieve sustainable social, racial, economic, and political justice, locally and globally, through exceptional education, innovative research, and meaningful community engagement.

Conversations with CASA is an online series from Texas CASA that explores current issues and trends affecting child welfare, children and families in foster care and the CASA network. Catch up on other episodes of Conversations with CASA.