New York City Expands Alternative to Child Welfare Investigations, Yet Parents’ Distrust Runs Deep

A security guard watches the entrance to the New York City Administration for Children’s Services Main Office in Lower Manhattan. Photo: Hiram Durán.
Hundreds more New York City parents reported for possible child maltreatment will be offered a way to avoid a formal investigation and will instead be referred to supportive services, as part of a program expansion announced by the Administration for Children’s Services last month. 

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We Need a New Business Model in Child Welfare

Every morning when you wake up as a child welfare director, you are scared for somebody else’s children, and not just because you worry about abuse and neglect. You worry because the government established standards and protocols for working with these kids would be unacceptable for anybody but somebody else’s children.


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Today in California, there are an estimated 210,000 children younger than 6 hiding in plain sight because they weren’t counted in the last U.S. Census. As a result, communities in our state missed out on a decade’s worth of crucial funding for programs to support them — programs that provide basic necessities like food, shelter and health care.


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

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The Family First and Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), which passed into law as part of the 2018 budget resolution, is one of the largest overhauls of our nation’s child welfare system in the last decade.


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    As a Black male entering the social worker field, I am often the only person of color at an agency and in a classroom. My supervisors are white, my professors are white, and my peers are white.


    Your Crisis Can Wait Until Noon

    The teenage boy stared at the judge, with a face struggling to hide its emotion but clearly displaying sadness. For weeks, he had been staying at a residential foster care facility and had been getting in trouble.