CHSA member organization in Wisconsin, the Institute for Child and Family Well-Being (ICFW) at Children’s Wisconsin, produced the podcast, Overloaded: Understanding Neglect. This nine-part series aspires to build a shared understanding of neglect, its underlying root causes and how they overload families with stress.

Neglect is a complex and wicked problem, but it’s one that is preventable if we work together to reimagine how we support families overloaded by stress. Neglect is a public health crisis, as it’s the most common reason that children are separated from their families by the government. 37% of all U.S. children experience a Child Protective Services investigation, 13% of all children have a substantiated case of maltreatment and children of color are disproportionately represented in foster care. Nearly 70% of children in foster care are separated from their families due to neglect.

Join host Luke Waldo, Director of Program Design and Community Engagement at ICFW, as he explores these issues with research and policy experts Tim Grove (Wellpoint Care Network), Jennifer Jones (Prevent Child Abuse America), Bryan Samuels (Chapin Hall), Dr. Kristi Slack (University of Wisconsin), Lived Experience expert Bregetta Wilson (Wisconsin Department of Children and Families) and five Children’s Wisconsin child welfare and child maltreatment prevention experts.

Through these conversations, the podcast offers a compelling narrative that seeks to build a shared understanding of the realities of overloaded families, so that we might find solutions that reduce family separations for reasons of neglect. The podcast series serves as the narrative backdrop for the 11th Annual Wicked Problems Institute, which will be held in September at The Duke Endowment.