Posts By: Rise

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

Step-by-Step Financial Independence

Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) in Boston pairs low-income parents with professionals to support them in gaining the resources and skills needed to attain financial self-sufficiency. Nicki Ruiz de Luzuriaga, Associate Vice President of Capacity Building for EMPath, explains how families can move up financially.

Q: How can mentoring help parents improve their economic stability?

A: Participants are paired with “Mobility Mentors”. Some participants are homeless and not working. Others work full-time but are still struggling. … Read More

What is Neglect?

The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) defines child neglect and abuse as: “Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.”

FAILURE TO PROVIDE:

•Physical—Not providing basic needs, including appropriate nutrition, shelter, hygiene, and clothing.

•Medical and dental—Delaying or denying recommended … Read More

New Jezebel/Rise Series: ‘In One Day I Had Lost Everything That Mattered to Me’

Last fall, after the tragic death of Zymere Perkins, a child whose family was repeatedly investigated by the NYC child welfare system, many news outlets advanced a familiar narrative of monstrous parents and failing caseworkers — and suggested that investigators had become too hesitant about removing children from their homes.

But recent reporting has captured the opposite reality–that child welfare investigations and removals are a constant, terrifying presence in the lives of poor parents.

Now Jezebel is publishing a five-part series drawn from Rise to … Read More

Annual Benefit Oct. 19: It’s Time to Rise

Please join Rise in celebrating parent voice in child welfare on Oct. 19 from 6:30-8:30pm at the New York Public Library.

Rise is thrilled to welcome National Book Award winner Andrew Solomon as our guest speaker. Andrew has called himself “a student of adversity” who studies how we forge meaning and build identity. In The Noonday Demon, he examined depression. In Far From the Tree, he explored how parents cope with serious challenges, particularly by seeking out peers … Read More