Albany Must Give Young New Yorkers A Right to Counsel Before Police Interrogations
Last fall, in a cramped interrogation room, a NYPD detective read a 17-year-old his Miranda rights and asked whether he was willing to answer questions. Sitting next to the boy was his mother.


End the Cycle of Crises for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children
Children being medically examined at a border facility. Photo courtesy of Vera Institute of Justice

For the past decade, conditions in northern Central America have propelled the migration of vulnerable and often traumatized children to the U.S.


We Don’t Need The Adoption and Safe Families Act to Shorten Foster Care Stays

Although it took longer than in many other aspects of American life, the racial justice reckoning finally may be having an effect on child welfare. As America is forced to take a new look at other draconian, racially biased laws of the 1990s – the “crime bill” and a law to “end welfare as we know it” – there now are calls to repeal the so-called Adoption and Safe Families Act.


Blaming the Workforce is Easy and Useless. Bettering It Is Hard and Transformative.

Early in my career, a supervisor told me that the dirty little secret in child welfare was that the system tends to reward those who persevere in their jobs by pushing them further away from kids and families.


Write the Truth and Show the Pain of Child Sexual Abuse

As professionals who deal with maltreatment cases in a variety of forums, we write about child sexual abuse. Our audience includes attorneys, social workers, health and education professionals, and sometimes the general public.


The Conviction of George Floyd’s Murderer Should not be so Shocking

When I was 9 years old, Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election. I was at my best friend’s house, and our moms were watching the election. They were drinking substantial amounts of wine in anticipation of him losing, despite their highest hopes for him to win.


Is America Capable of Restorative Justice?
John Wooden once said, “the true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” But, what does America do when the world isn’t watching?


Mandated Reporters Need Training on Context, Critical Thinking

Around the country, child welfare systems large and small have built a front door to child protection that relies heavily on information provided to the state from the public, especially from “mandated reporters” such as school officials, doctors and police officers. 


Michigan Draws A Line on Terminating Parental Rights

My client in a Michigan child welfare case had already suffered from Crohn’s Disease, which hampered his ability to hold a job and resulted in frequent hospital visits, when tragedy struck.