About Rise

Why Rise Matters to Me: Heidi Ombisa Skallett, CW360º

I’m the editor of CW360º, a publication of the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota that provides a comprehensive view of a prevalent child welfare topic in each issue.

I use Google alerts to keep up to date on what’s going on in child welfare and I came across Rise in 2012. I was pretty impressed—I appreciate being able to read the parents’ perspective.

The honesty is remarkable. Being … Read More

Why Rise Matters to Me: Erika Tullberg, National Child Traumatic Stress Network

I work at the NYU Child Study Center as part of a team focused on child trauma, and I’m also a co-chair of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s child welfare committee. Rise recently joined us as a member of a subcommittee focused on parents in the child welfare system who have had experiences of trauma. In the past few years, there’s been a shift toward a much better understanding of the impact of trauma … Read More

Why Rise Matters to Me: Susan Chinitz, Early Childhood Center

Last year we hosted a Rise writing group for mothers with children in foster care and we’ll host another group this spring. I think it’s one of … Read More

Why Rise Matters to Me: Tammy Kim

I’m a journalist at AL-Jazeera America. I learned about Rise in the course of doing research on child welfare a couple years ago and I’ve been reading it ever since.

As a journalist writing about child welfare in New York City, Rise is a critical resource. The other things you read in this field are written by policy people and so-called experts, but it’s rare to get the perspective of folks who are … Read More

Why Rise Matters to Me: Ron Richter, Judge

I’m a family court judge who decides domestic violence and custody cases in Queens Family Court. I was also the commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in New York City for two-and-a-half years, until last December.

While I was at ACS, I invited Rise writers to read their stories and speak on a panel in front of about 300 managers at an ACS Leadership Forum. Rise writers also spoke at an ACS Convening on … Read More