A collection of columns on the future of family support in New York City written by Nora McCarthy, co-founder of the Family Policy Project.
Upstream City: To Move Forward, Apologize and Atone
In the final installment of Upstream City, Nora McCarthy calls on New York City to apologize and atone for past wrongs in child welfare.
A Citywide Framework To Hold Upstream Efforts Accountable
Nora McCarthy on the need to measure progress as New York City increases efforts to move upstream and prevent child welfare involvement
Upstream City: Child Welfare Systems Should Be Allies, Not Leaders, in Transformative Change
An “upstream” approach should not be an argument for expanding the size or scope of child welfare systems, writes Nora McCarthy.
Upstream City: Towards a Pro-Community Process for Government Funding
Upstream City: To Change Conditions for Families, Shift Power Out of Systems
Community-led decision-making is key to real transformation of neighborhood conditions and support for families.
Upstream City: Developing Restorative Pathways to Safety
Nora McCarthy on the value of developing restorative pathways for families to achieve safety without system involvement
Upstream City: Expand Healing at the Community Level to Protect Families
A healing agenda needs to end policies that perpetuate pain and expand access to a variety of practices that combat the effects of community trauma, writes Nora McCarthy.
Upstream City: Narrowing Mandated Reporting Laws that Fuel Hyper-Surveillance
It’s time for New York city and state to use every tool available to replace mandated reporting with community support, writes Nora McCarthy.
Upstream City: Intentional Investment in the Social Fabric of Neighborhoods Can Lift Families
Safety grows in neighborhoods where residents look out for one another and band together to solve problems, writes Nora McCarthy.
Upstream City: How Neighborhood Conditions Drive Child Welfare Involvement
We need to understand how neighborhood conditions impact families and address the conditions that raise the risk of child welfare involvement, writes Nora McCarthy.
Upstream City: Policies that Scaffold Family Life
Despite promising headwinds in "upstream" investments, New York’s safety net remains difficult and time-consuming to access and full of holes, writes Nora McCarthy.