The Forgotten Ones

In January 2021, a team of three white legal researchers announced a research project on the impact of COVID-19 on family law systems. After speaking directly with this team, it was clear they would not be asking specific questions about the experiences of Black, Indigenous and racialized families in the family law system in Ontario nor address child protection specifically. 

To address this gap, the Collective of Child Welfare Survivors is acting as a community partner to research the experiences of Black families and Black child welfare survivors dealing with child protection during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participation is completely voluntary and anonymous. By “dealing with child protection” we refer to being put under investigation, experiencing supervision orders, apprehension and placement, and adoption, including if you lodged formal complaints within or outside of a Children’s Aid Society.

There are two separate surveys, one for professionals (social workers, lawyers, community workers, etc.) who work directly with Black families and Black child welfare survivors dealing with child protection. For this category you DO NOT need to identify as a part of the Black community.


The second survey is specifically for Black families/caregivers and Black child welfare survivors dealing with child protection issues during the pandemic.

If you would like to share this information below is a flyer which you can distribute

*The Principal Investigator of this study is Josh Lamers (he/him) with Dr. Vasanthi Venkatesh as Faculty Supervisor. This research project is funded by the University of Windsor’s Anti-Black Racism Student Leadership Grant, and is approved by the University’s Research Ethics Board (REB# 21-172). Should you have any questions or concerns, email abrchildwelfare@gmail.com.