Staff Training

Rise believes that effective training of child welfare professionals must include the voices of parents. We work with partners to integrate our stories into training so that frontline caseworkers and supervisors, parent and child attorneys, and foster parents can more deeply understand parents’ perspectives. Rise staff also lead staff training on parents’ perspectives. Our newest initiative is a writing group for frontline foster care staff to share their experiences working with parents in order to improve frontline practice.

Training CASA Volunteers to Understand Parents’ Experiences

Rise collaborated with CASA-NY to bring parents’ perspective into its training for CASA volunteers. Through observation of their training, Rise recommended adjustments to training content and offered quotes and stories to include in training materials and as handouts. Rise also developed a panel for CASA volunteers, presented in June, and had a parent leader speak at every CASA training.

Apply Now: Parent Advocate Leadership Group

New Rise Parent Advocate Leadership Group: To provide input on new trainings for child welfare professionals citywide, Rise will be gathering input from parent advocates and from parents with recent cases.

We are seeking up to 10 life-experienced Parent Advocates working in NYC foster care or legal agencies to join an advisory group on this project. Will meet for 20 hours in Jan/Feb, before or after work on a schedule determined by the group, with a … Read More

Parent Toolkits: Setting Parents Up for Success


VIDEO: Parent-to-Parent TIPS for Supervised Visits

Parents come to foster care agencies experiencing not only the trauma of losing their child but also the confusion of navigating a complex system. Parents must:

• Keep track of appointments at multiple agencies and in court;
• Understand the roles and expectations of professionals in their case;
• Believe they can meet these expectations.

Research shows that stress affects our ability to think and plan. Giving parents information both verbally and in writing makes … Read More

New Tool for Supporting Parents: Rise TIPS Handouts on Visiting

Rise’s new TIPS handouts offer parents clear information and peer guidance to navigate their cases. Developed in partnership with parents and frontline staff at three NYC foster care agencies–Graham Windham, JCCA and Sheltering Arms–this set of TIPS focuses on visits. Caseworkers and parents advocates can use the TIPS to orient parents when their children enter foster care and to support parents who are struggling.

Making the Most of Visits offers guidance from a parent advocate on creating … Read More