Co-Founder and Co-Director
Movement for Family Power
Erin Miles Cloud is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Movement for Family Power, an organization that works to end the Foster System’s policing and punishment of families and to create a world where the dignity and integrity of all families is valued and supported. For nearly a decade Erin had the privilege of being a family defense attorney at the Bronx Defenders where she worked to defend parents from one of our most violent carceral systems, child protective services.
As a supervising attorney and then team leader at Bronx Defenders, Erin met children who grew up in the foster system, only to be later judged as parents by the institutions that “raised” them. She tried to fight the civil death penalty– termination of parental rights– but for Black and Latinx families this seemed an impossible battle to win. The challenges her client’s families faced were ones that many of our own families face: substance use, intimate partner violence, and mental illness etc., however because of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, the response to these social issues was always punishment. Thus, she Co-Founded Movement for Family Power to Build out a loving, healthy community with and amongst people working to shrink the Foster system.
Erin believes that that movement theory is an integral component to radical shifts in thinking and policy, that may give us the possibility to be better, do better, and end the punishment and policing of families.