Can Cash Payments Improve the Health of Pregnant People and Children?

It was like money falling from the sky: a thousand dollars in a debit card every month. To spend however Sara Calderon and her family wanted. 

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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.


Impact of Direct Cash Benefits to Low-Income Families Can Be Far-Reaching

A growing body of research shows the impact cash benefits can have on the safety of children

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Upstream City: Developing Restorative Pathways to Safety

Nora McCarthy on the value of developing restorative pathways for families to achieve safety without system involvement

New York City Expands Batterer Intervention Programs


New York City Expands Domestic Violence Intervention Program

New York City expands programs for people who have been abusive within their families, and those they've harmed.

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    Upstream City: Intentional Investment in the Social Fabric of Neighborhoods Can Lift Families

    Safety grows in neighborhoods where residents look out for one another and band together to solve problems, writes Nora McCarthy.


    The Fall of Child Poverty, and Home Visiting’s Looming Fiscal Cliff

    On this week’s podcast we discuss a major drop in the use of powerful psych meds on California foster youth, and discuss how child welfare metrics behaved during the prolonged decline in child poverty that was recently analyzed by Child Trends.

    First-of-its-kind Survey Examines Trauma and Healing Among Indigenous Survivors of Family Separation


    First-of-its-kind Survey Examines Trauma and Healing Among Indigenous Survivors of Family Separation

    Researchers in Minnesota are collaborating on a survey of Indigenous survivors of family separation to document the abuse and participants' ways of coping.