New York City Expands Alternative to Child Welfare Investigations, Yet Parents’ Distrust Runs Deep
Bill Prioritizes Placing Incarcerated Parents Close to Children
The 80,000 children of New York state whose parents are locked up in distant state correctional institutions might have an easier time visiting mom or dad under a bill sitting on Gov.
In Child Welfare Cases, Just Any Old Lawyer Won’t Do
During a virtual town hall last week, parents asked gut-wrenching questions to child welfare leadership. “When can I see my kids again?” “I was having unsupervised visits with them. Why can’t they come live with me?”
Parents’ Foster Care Placement Challenges Need Quick Resolutions, New York Appeals Court Rules
The New York City family court isn’t moving fast enough to hear some parents’ challenges of children’s foster care placements, a state appeals court ruled late last week. And, within days of the ruling, advocates say they’ve begun citing the precedent-setting decision in new filings for such hearings.
Barriers to Child Protection During COVID-19: Considering the Impact on Child Maltreatment
Hubert Humphrey once said “the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
Top Federal Child Welfare Officials: Family is a Compelling Reason
In a world where “social distancing” has become a necessary practice and the primary preventative measure for reducing the spread of coronavirus, we must remember that children in foster care and their families have already been “distanced” from each other.
Family Visits Are an Essential Service for Youth in Foster Care
In these challenging times when social distancing is required for public safety, how can we make it safe for children in foster care to have critical time with their birth families?
A Crisis Reveals the Need to Modernize Juvenile Courts
This week, I received word that many courts – including the juvenile court in which I practice – were closing. That is, for the indefinite future, my court would not be holding any hearings, other than emergency hearings, to address whether a child needs to be removed for their immediate safety.
Co-Parenting Pilot Builds Teamwork Between Parents and Foster Parents
After 16 years as a foster parent on Long Island, Donna Lauracella isn’t surprised when parents react with anger and mistrust after their children are removed by child welfare workers. Whenever possible, she tries to ease the transition by sitting down with the parent so they can both get to know each other a bit better.