Tags Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA)
Tag: Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA)
Unpacked with her own lived experiences, Michelle D. Chan, founding director of California Families Rise, makes the call for repeal of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA), causing harm and trauma to families instead of providing safe haven, compassion and love essential to every child’s, and parent's, wellbeing.
The little girl in the photograph is happy. The little girl sitting on Daddy’s lap knows she is loved, knows she is wanted. The same little girl is on the telephone four years later – desperate, terrified, traumatized, begging for help. The little girl is Sophia Grace Hope Merrill, Barry White’s daughter. When Sophia fell into San Mateo County’s child welfare system, Barry thought that maybe everything would be OK because she was placed under the care and supervision of his sister, Ka’misha Crittendon. Barry White was wrong.