Formal and informal social norms about what is a “good parent”. In Fixing Families, Reich addresses the complex ways that the state regulates family life in the child welfare system. As we’ve discussed in class, there are some clear-cut cases where children should be removed from parental custody, but many more that rely upon subjective evaluations.
For this paper, identify how formal and informal social norms about what is a “good parent” shape the processes involved with child dependency and reunification. Use specific examples from the book to support your discussion of how CPS implicitly defines good parenting and the challenges that some parents face in meeting those expectations. You can also include relevant information from the Cohen reading. Finally, address how we might shift our….