After the Phone Call: Culture, Disability and the Construction of a “Bad” Mother

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Abstract

The narratives of immigrant Latinx mothers are often excluded from discourses on motherhood. This study centers on a shared experience with Child Protective Services (CPS) for two such mothers. One mother had CPS called on her family, the other was the teacher who made the call. This paper analyses their experiences in relation to disability, documentation status, power, and privilege. Connections are also made to the societal constructions of motherhood, abuse, and child welfare. The paper concludes with recommendations on how to make school to CPS contact more equitable and just for immigrant mothers.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Latinos and Education
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • child protective services
  • Latino/a children and families
  • motherhood
  • parent & community
  • school-parent partnerships

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