We Shouldn’t Rely on Child Protective Services To Address Family Adversity

Researcher Kelley Fong, Georgia Tech University
For many parents, it’s their worst fear: a knock on the door from a state social worker with the power to take their children. With 1 in 3 children nationwide experiencing a Child Protective Services (CPS) investigation during childhood following a report of child maltreatment, this experience is all too common for U.S.

Vivek Sankaran.


The Looming Housing Crisis and Child Protection Agencies

Vivek Sankaran, director of the Child Advocacy Law Clinic and the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic at the University Michigan Law School. 
A few weeks ago, my client, a mother in a child protective case trying to regain custody of her children, informed my students she had lost her housing and was now homeless.

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New York Governor Cuomo Vetoes Bill to Limit State’s Abuse and Neglect Registry

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) vetoed legislation late last week that would have expanded due process safeguards for parents accused of abusing or neglecting their children. The bill would have significantly reduced the time parents’ names must remain on a state database of child abuse and neglect claims.


The Harmful Effects of New York City’s Over-Surveillance

In recent years, New York City’s child welfare leadership has proudly told the story of how the system has dramatically reduced the number of children in foster care while maintaining child safety.

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New York’s Savino to Governor Cuomo: Allow Kid Contact For Parents Who Lose Rights

Diane Savino is the rare kind of politician: she’s known for her impassioned, sometimes salty candor, and for her granular knowledge of the foster care system. The Democratic New York State Senator for Staten Island spent five years in the early 1990s working for the city, knocking on the doors of parents accused of abusing or neglecting their children.


Hearings: The Day I Became a Family Defense Lawyer

This week, a forthcoming major study will demonstrate that high-quality, legal representation of parents by institutional providers in New York City got children with their families four months faster than those parents represented by solo practitioners.


A Foster Youth’s Journey to Discover What Love Is

Love is a selfless thing. It’s affection given by someone who doesn’t desire anything in return. Love is said to be given by family but sometimes family are not by blood, but instead whom you chose.


No, Family Separations are Not All the Same

There is an old political adage that you should “never let a crisis go to waste,” meaning that a crisis can awaken public interest and create an opportunity to advance policies that might otherwise be unachievable.


Putting Lipstick on the Predictive Analytics Pig

Chronicle Senior Editor John Kelly argues that not only I, but also The New York Times, Forbes columnist John Carpenter, Republican strategist Mike Murphy and others are wrong to suggest that the presidential election revealed the emperor known as “predictive analytics” to be, at best, scantily clad if not stark naked.