#ArrestCPS: Stop Kidnapping Black Children

We are a group of black mothers, supporters and allies that charge the Department of Human Services (DHS), Child Protective Services (CPS), and the Family Court system with the act of genocide for the forced transfer of Black children from the safety of their parents to dangerous situations that have led to physical injury, emotional trauma, and death.

#ArrestCPS is a campaign of the African National Women's Organization which elevates the voices of mothers and children who have been victimized by "family service" agencies.


How We Organize

We employ diverse strategies which provide community education about this issue, organize mothers and families to strike back and build support systems that help overturn serious contradictions. We reclaim the narrative of poor and working class black mothers fighting for their children. Black mothers are not violent, uncaring and dangerous; instead, they are relentless fighters working to keep their families together. We are here to turn the tables on these agencies, exposing them as the dangerous, violent and uncaring structures that traumatize black children - NOT the mothers. They act as modern day slave catchers - targeting mostly poor black single-mother-headed household - kidnapping black children who are used as pawns in personal conflicts or leveraged for profit.
These agencies destroy black communities by removing our most precious resource - our children thereby disrupting the bond between child, family and community - essentially alienating our children increasing their chances of contact with the criminal justice system. These agencies aggressively use divide and conquer tactics by spreading lies, character assassinations, and deepening of interpersonal conflicts. They work against families and spin bureaucratic webs which end up frustrating the process to regain custody and criminalizes mothers. #ArrestCPS says the real criminals are not the mothers, but the so-called child protection agencies who do anything but protect our children. Get daily updates about this campaign by following arrestdhs.tumblr.com Donate to this campaign fund to help African women fight the state to regain custody anwouhuru.org/donate
ANWO, the mothers, and others come together to build local, national and international action committees, whose job it is to organize legal defense, political actions, fundraisers, promotional materials. All in an effort to raise up the issues of state-sponsored kidnapping as an urgent issue.
More than anything else, parents need proper representation in courts. They need fearless attorneys who know the law and will advocate fiercely for the rights of parent and child. We are interested in lawyers who can volunteer their time to give advice, review court documents, protect against state retaliation, and possibly represent mothers who are actively trying to regain custody of their children.
Community Welfare
Our response is a return to a time when the community took care of each other. Through our work with the Uhuru Kijiji Childcare Collective, a collective of parents and supporters who come together to educate and sit with our children, we bring communities together so that we can solve problems, overturn contradictions and limit interaction with the state.
Community Support
Mothers need to know they are not alone. Oftentimes they are isolate from friends and family and criminalized by the state. Mothers can sometimes be silenced by contradictions in their homes and reluctant to ask for help. They need community support. Volunteer to accompany mothers to court pass out flyers, sit with them on house visits, and generally offer counsel. We cannot allow the state to keep these women away from the community. That way they win.