Posts By: Rise

Paying It Forward – As a peer mentor, I help fathers and change the system

Interview with Dustin McClard 

When child protective services entered Dustin McClard’s life in 2014, he was using and selling drugs, and facing the possibility of prison. His twins were removed shortly after birth and remained in foster care for three months while he went to treatment.

Now McClard works as a peer mentor at a family service agency in Portland, Oregon. He spoke to Rise about how his mentor, Tim, helped him get sober and … Read More

Rise Is Hiring – Apply to join our team!

Rise is hiring two full-time positions! Please share this announcement in your networks:

Parent Leadership Program Coordinator: Rise is looking for a committed, detail-oriented Program Coordinator to lead our 4-month Rise & Shine Leadership Training to build the skills of parents to become leaders in child welfare reform. We are seeking applicants with life experience facing the child welfare system as a parent; professional experience working as a parent advocate at a legal or child welfare agency; and project management … Read More

The Power of Peer Support – Rise Parent Presentation at our 2018 Benefit

Lindsay Reilly (Read by Nancy Fortunato)

LINDSAY/NANCY

Can I call your attention in the courtroom

To the mother with mental illness

With multiple kids and multiple fathers

Who was raised by a system

That never loved her

By people who never loved her

Who gave birth to 4 beautiful children

Stemmed from a poisonous father each time

Those who promised to love her hurt her

The mother who tried to be loved

So hard she lost herself

Guns, drugs, unlawful imprisonment

But she’s still here

She looks at her … Read More

Calling All Parents – Speech by Dinah Adames-Ortiz at Rise’s 2018 Benefit

Good evening everyone! And congratulations Rise! Thank you for having me.

I want to take a moment to acknowledge my fellow parents in the audience. Tonight it is about you! Your strength. Your courage. And your importance.

If you are an affected parent in this audience tonight, it means that you have overcome or are overcoming the most traumatic time of your life. And I see you. I feel your presence and I applaud you for arriving.

Today … Read More

Rise Benefit: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 – 6:30pm at the New York Public Library

Rise Annual Benefit 2018
October 25, 6:30-8:30pm
New York Public Library, McGraw Rotunda
476 5th Ave, New York, NY – Enter on 42nd St.

Speakers

Dinah Ortiz-Adames, Bronx Defenders Parent Advocate Supervisor
Jeanette Vega, Rise Training Director
Nancy Fortunato, Keyna Franklin, Melissa Landrau, Lindsay Reilly, Sara Werner, Robbyne Wiley, Rise Parent Leaders

Sponsors 

Innovation Driver: Lauren and Steve Pilgrim

Information Provider: Rebecca Boucher, Casey Family Programs

Peer Supporter: Catholic Guardian, Children’s Village, Good Shepherd Services, Graham Windham, Jeff Gramm, JCCA, Marcia Reilly, SCO Family of Services, Sheltering Arms

Story Teller: The Bronx … Read More