NY Law Would Allow Parents to Stay in Touch with Kids After Losing Legal Rights
The law allows some parents who've lost parental rights to contact their children, even those who have been adopted into other families.
Another Try for Legislation In New York Giving Parents ‘Miranda’ Rights During CPS Investigations
A NY bill would require social workers to tell parents of their due process rights at the start of an investigation for child maltreatment.
New York Attorneys and Human Service Workers Get Pay Increase in $229 Billion Budget
New York's $229 billion budget includes pay increases for attorneys representing low-income residents and human services workers.
Want to Help Foster Youth Heal? Try Guitar Lessons, Rihanna or Meek Mill
Experts who treat trauma in kids removed from homes say bringing out a child’s love of rap, pop or rock can be highly effective therapy.
Under Proposed Government Cleanup, Outdated NYC Foster Care Commission Targeted for Elimination
A government watchdog group has proposed legislation to eliminate a long-defunct New York City foster care commission.
Rare New York City Charter School Has a Unique Mission: Best-Serving Homeless and Foster Children
Mott Haven Academy Charter School is believed to be the first school in the country created specifically for children in foster care.
Top New York City Law Firm’s New Head Vows to Fight for Families
Tehra Coles always knew she would be an attorney. But after interning with the NY State Defenders Association, there was no turning back.
One of New York City’s Oldest Nonprofits Serving Children and Families to Shut its Doors
A longstanding New York City institution that serves more than 17,000 children and families announced it will shut its doors later this month.
New York Child Welfare Advocates Call on Lawmakers to Prevent Foster Care Through Community Investment
New York lawmakers, youth activists and advocates called for direct investments today in communities with high rates of foster care.
New York Governor Announces Budget Plans, Child Advocates Want More
NY Gov. Kathy Hochul's proposed budget includes serving more than 113,000 additional kids through subsidized child care programs.
New Report Highlights Ongoing Challenges for NYC Students in Foster Care
A new report found significant disparities between the roughly 7,500 students in NYC foster care and those living at home.
New York Judicial Commission Calls out Lack of Diversity on the Family Court Bench
A new report calls for greater demographic balance on the Family Court bench, noting that “the judiciary should reflect the diversity of the communities interacting with the courts.”
New York Names New Acting Commissioner of Children and Family Services
Attorney Suzanne Miles-Gustave takes over this year as New York’s acting commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services.
‘Mr. Meditation’ a Former Foster Youth, Shares Meditation with NYC School Children
A former foster youth teaches meditation to children at a Harlem elementary school, where he once attended.
New York City Expands Domestic Violence Intervention Program
New York City expands programs for people who have been abusive within their families, and those they've harmed.
Head of New York State’s Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Agency to Step Down
The head of child welfare and juvenile justice in New York state, Commissioner Sheila Poole, will leave her position in December.
Teenager Dies in New York Juvenile Detention Facility
A 19 year old held at the Capital District Juvenile Secure Detention Facility in Albany, New York, died while in custody last week.
New York High Court Favors Out-of-State Parents Seeking Custody of Foster Children
This week, the New York’s highest court struck down regulatory hurdles that kept foster youth separated from out-of-state parents.
Angela Davis Inspires ‘Family Defense Movement’ Activists
Prison abolitionist Angela Davis contributed her voice to the growing movement of activists calling for an end to the child welfare system.
New York City Aims to Reduce Children’s Stays in Temporary Foster Care Facilities
A member of the New York City Council introduced a bill that would establish oversight on foster children's stays in temporary facilities.
New York City Pledges New Investment in Foster Youth College Expenses
Parents of New York School Children Want More Support for their Kids and Families
A survey of parents with kids in Monroe Country, New York revealed concerns that schools aren't providing adequate social, emotional or academic support.
Human Rights Watch Grades States on Children’s Rights: No ‘As’ or ‘Bs’. Most States Get ‘Ds’ and ‘Fs’
A new state-by-state analysis of how well America meets international standards on protecting its children gave low grades to every state.
To Address Youth Homelessness, New York City Turns to Those with Experience
In New York City, young people with lived experience are driving the overhaul of its network of care for homeless youth.
New York City Community Teams Aim to Meet Psychiatric Needs of Low-Income Youth
A new team of community workers is providing 24-hour psychiatric support to low-income youth in Brooklyn, with plans to expand citywide.
New York’s Top Judge Resigns
Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, who presides over New York's courts, announced her resignation early this week.
New York City Mayor Announces Investments in Child Care
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has released an ambitious plan to expand subsidized child care and early childhood education programs.
New York City Foster Youth Graduation Rates Found Far Lower Than Previously Known
A recent study found only one in four foster youth in New York City graduate from high school on time.
New York Lawmakers Reject Parents’ Rights Bills
New York lawmakers did not pass three proposed laws that would have expanded the due process rights of parents in the child welfare system.
‘Weaponizing’ Calls to CPS Hotline: New York Legislation Would Deter False Reports
New York lawmakers are deciding whether to pass legislation that would reduce false allegations made to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.
Dorothy Roberts’ New Book Expands Call for Foster Care ‘Abolition,’ Prompting Praise and Debate
In her most recent book, Dorothy Roberts says the child welfare system must be abolished and replaced, not reformed.
New York Campaign Aims to Stop ‘Womb-to-Foster Care Pipeline’
In New York, a new campaign calls for passage of a bill that would require consent before drug testing a new or pregnant mother.
New Civil Rights Organization Dedicated to Families’ Rights Launches in New York City
With the backing of some of the city’s most prominent parents’ rights activists and legal advocates for children and families, the Family Justice Law Center said its work will involve challenges to the “entrenched abuses of government power” that disproportionately sweep up Black and Latino children and families.
A New Podcast Speaks to Black Girls’ Experience in Foster Care
Five Black women share the essence of sisterhood on a new podcast, where they discuss growing up within a fractured child welfare system.
New York City Mayor Proposes Investments in Foster Youth and Summer Jobs for Teens
In his budget plan for 2023, New York City Mayor Eric Adams pledged to invest millions of dollars in support for foster youth transitioning to adulthood and summer job opportunities for young people.
New York City Court Dysfunction Found to Have ‘Caused Harm to Thousands of Families’
A recent report detailed what happened when COVID-19 took hold of the New York City family court: backlogged cases, unmanageable caseloads and "harm to thousands of families."
New York City Mayor’s Plan to Address Gun Violence Would Roll Back Juvenile Justice Reforms, Critics Say
One aspect of New York City Mayor Eric Adams' plan to end gun violence would roll back recent juvenile justice reforms, critics say.
Nonprofits in New York City Struggle to Keep Child Welfare Workers
New York City's child welfare nonprofits facing high job vacancy rates are calling for greater public investment to find and retain staff.
‘Miranda Warning’-style Bill for Parents Fails in New York City Council
A bill that would have required social workers to inform parents of their right to legal counsel at the start of an investigation has failed to get a vote during the last City Council voting day for the year.
New York City’s Mayor-elect Eric Adams Announces Transition Team
Dozens of influential players in the New York City child welfare ecosystem are advising Mayor-elect Eric Adams on his future administration.
New York City Has New Administrative Judge to Tackle Troubles in Family Court
Overseeing family court in New York City’s five boroughs is now the job of Queens-raised Chief Administrative Judge Anne-Marie Jolly.
New York Class-Action Lawsuit Alleges Kin Caregivers are Denied Rights by Foster Care System
Legal advocates for children in New York City have filed a class-action lawsuit class-action lawsuit against the city and state alleging child welfare officials unjustly prevent relatives from becoming foster parents.
Advocates Want More Done For New York City’s Thousands of Homeless Students
A report released Monday by Advocates for Children of New York found that more than 101,000 New York City students were homeless during the 2020-21 academic year.
New York’s Family Court Attorneys File Lawsuit for Better Pay
Ten New York bar associations representing attorneys in family courts have filed a lawsuit against the city and state to increase their pay.
Child Welfare, Youth Justice Program Leaders Among Winners of New York’s David Prize
The creators of a nonprofit helping foster youth age out of the system, and a program to better launch young adults leaving lockups are among five New Yorkers awarded a prestigious local prize for their innovation.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Signed Law Prohibiting Use of Shackles on Youth in Family Court
It is now illegal to place “shackles, handcuffs, irons and straitjackets” on children appearing before the New York family courts.