Our Kids

Our Kids is about what’s broken in the child welfare system, stories of resilience and solutions. Co-host Malcolm Burnley shares the voices of students in the foster system attending at CB Community Schools in Philadelphia. Co-host Steve Volk puts their stories in context of efforts to reform the child welfare system, disrupt fewer families and eliminate racial disparities. Our Kids was produced by Emily Previti and Stephanie Marudas of Kouvenda Media and mixed by Brad Linder.

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Tuesday Sep 06, 2022

Tuesday Sep 06, 2022

The Our Kids podcast tells the story of a little-known independent school in Philadelphia,  that caters specifically to foster youth. We’ll show you the challenges and solutions on display at CB Community Schools as staff and students deal with a child welfare system that routinely fails this country’s most vulnerable children. Our Kids tells you the big-picture story behind CB. It’s about a child welfare system that is under increasing scrutiny for being overly aggressive, and solutions that can help protect children while removing far fewer of them from their families.


Despite efforts to remove fewer kids from their families, there are more than 400,000 children living in foster care in the United States. About 30% of youth who age out of foster care experience homelessness. How can we set up these youth for success? 

CB Community Schools, a high school in Philadelphia designed to serve youth in the child welfare system, says it has a big part of the answer. This podcast follows students at CB and puts their stories in context of efforts to reform the foster care system, including promising solutions to place more youth with family members and root out racial bias. 

Co-hosts Malcolm Burnley and Steve Volk are your guides as we hear from people who have ideas for improving the system that are grounded in their lived experience.


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