Barton Child Law and Policy Center

Trapped in the Web of Family Policing: The Harms of Mandated Reporting and the Need for Parent-Led Approaches to Safe, Thriving Families

mandatory reporters, harms of family separation, poverty, neglect, mandated reporting, economic supports, family surveillance, family separation, cps investigations, policy reform, system reform

Categories: Mandated Reporting
Tags: cps investigations, Economic Supports, Family Separation, family surveillance, harms of family separation, mandated reporting, mandatory reporters, neglect, policy reform, poverty, system reform
Author: FJI Quarterly, Imani Worthy, Jeanette Vega Brown, Tracy Serdjenian

Principals & Components

Review the principals and components of effective early legal advocacy

PLA/PP National Cohort

Learn more about the National Cohort and how we support existing and emerging programs

Program Spotlights

Explore the groundbreaking work of early legal advocacy programs across the country


Browse resources exploring topics relevant to PLA and pre-petition representation

Join the PLA/PP National Cohort

Interested in learning more about the Cohort? Please fill out the form on the right in order to join. While we’re always excited to welcome new programs to the group, you don’t have to be part of an existing PLA/PP program to participate in the Cohort. The Cohort is intended to serve as a resource for any stakeholders interested in learning more about early legal advocacy and its capacity to prevent unnecessary family separation. For questions about the Cohort, please e-mail Emilie Cook at 

Barton Center Newsletter

To receive email updates from the Barton Center, please enter your email address in the form below. The Barton Center uses this list to disseminate targeted news and organizational information. This list is not used as a forum for discussion. When the Georgia General Assembly is in session, subscribers may receive one or two messages per week. During the rest of the year, subscribers will receive one to four messages per month.