New York City

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.


Under Proposed Government Cleanup, Outdated NYC Foster Care Commission Targeted for Elimination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.


Fair Futures Coaching Program Expands to Serve NYC’s Incarcerated Youth

The Fair Futures coaching program for foster youth is expanding to serve young people involved in New York City’s  justice system. 


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.

Upstream City


Upstream City: Towards a Pro-Community Process for Government Funding

Illustration by Christine Ongjoco.
In February, the anti-trafficking organization Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) announced that payment delays in city contracts might put it out of business. Two weeks later, it was the large social service agency Sheltering Arms going belly up, unable to pay its bills because of a similar reimbursement abyss. 


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.


    Temporary Pandemic Relief Programs Slashed Child Poverty in NYC, Report Finds

    A new report has revealed that temporary pandemic relief programs brought child poverty to a historic low of 15% in New York City. 

    New York City Advocates Repeat Calls to Staff New Schools Division for Foster Youth


    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.”