Matthew Stewart, a former DCS employee of 10 years, began his work as a community advocate by launching the African-American Disparity Committee during his time with the Department of Child Safety. Stewart saw the disproportionality at which Black children were being removed by DCS and began his fight for family justice.
Stewart organized with community leaders and other organizations before creating Our Sister Our Brother, a nonprofit dedicated to helping families reunite with their children and prevent unnecessary removals. He is focused on action, advocacy and preserving families with an emphasis on correcting the extreme overrepresentation of Black children in Arizona foster care.
Through Our Sister Our Brother, Stewart is on a mission to not only change the culture of how we respond to community needs and support families but also is committed to walking alongside families currently facing traumatic child removals. Educating the community, encouraging those within the system to treat families with respect, targeting leaders to inspire a return to treating our sisters and our brothers with love.
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