As New York legalizes marijuana, parent advocates push child welfare agencies to be less punitive


New York City Settles Lawsuit With Mother Who Says Her Newborn Was Illegally Taken Over Marijuana Use 

A settlement was announced today in the case of a mother who claimed her newborn was taken from her solely because of cannabis use.

As New York legalizes marijuana, parent advocates push child welfare agencies to be less punitive


New York Child Welfare Workers Illegally Separated Newborn From His Mother Over Cannabis Allegations, Lawsuit Alleges

A federal lawsuit alleges a mother was separated from her newborn solely on the basis of a non-consensual marijuana drug test.

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Panic, Frantic Calls as New York Foster Youth Ousted from Dorms

Yesterday, with New York City under “stay at home” pandemic orders, a group of foster youth who attend the city’s public colleges were directed via email to vacate their dorms within 48 hours. 


New York City Tries Financial Mentoring With At-Risk Families — But Leaves Out Cash Incentives

One of the most common criticisms of America’s child welfare system is that it too often ensnares impoverished parents, accusing them of neglect when the true issue is just the circumstances of poverty. 


Manhattan District Attorney Investing $2 Million to Prevent Youth Sex Trafficking

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced that his office will award $2 million over three years to develop an intervention to address youth sex trafficking in New York City. “In case after case, we see traffickers target children and teens, particularly those in our child welfare system or those who have run away from home,” said Vance, in a press release.


Despite National Concern Over Psych Drugs For Foster Youth, New York City Says It Lacks Key Data

In the Bronx, Pedro Maldonado’s story of diagnosis and prescription for Concerta and Seroquel — typically prescribed for ADHD and mood disorders like schizophrenia — started when he was in foster care at age 6.

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    Her Mom Had an Addiction, Then New York City Child Welfare Intervened

    Written by K.G., an anonymous 17-year-old from New York City. Names have been changed.  I met Ms. Taylor, from New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), in the hospital where my mom was detoxing.

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    More Foster Parents, Fewer Foster Youth as New York City Continues to Pursue Reforms

    Years before New York State Attorney General Letitia James sued President Donald Trump over his charity’s alleged misdeeds, she was an ambitious New York City watchdog pressuring the city to do more for foster youth.

    Administration for Children's Services Commissioner David Hansell said they'd seen no indicators of an increase in undetected child abuse during the pandemic.


    New York City Debates Lawyering Up Parents Early in Child Safety Investigations

    The New York City Council is considering a new frontier in establishing rights for parents accused of child abuse and neglect, over objections from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and child protective caseworkers.