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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

Ask Yourself: ‘Am I More Focused on Compliance Than Safety?’ – Parents encourage attorneys who represent the child welfare system to focus on justice and humanity in the courtroom

This spring, Rise parent leaders presented to all 250 Administration for Children’s Services attorneys who represent the child welfare system in family court. (The division is called Family Court Legal Services, or FCLS.) Rise parent leaders routinely present to newly-hired FCLS attorneys. Here is their presentation: 

Rise trains parents to write and speak about their experiences with the child welfare system. The insights you’ll hear today are based on the personal essays Rise has developed with … Read More

‘I Felt Terrified—and Shocked’ – How to approach parents in child protective investigations

In 2018, Rise parent leaders were asked to provide input to the Administration for Children’s Services on training for child protective investigators. Our team worked with 20 life experienced parents to develop feedback, including parent advocates working at foster care and legal agencies and parents with recent foster care cases. Jeanette Vega, Nancy Fortunato and Robbyne Wiley developed the presentation. Here is their presentation: 

Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for the opportunity to present parents’ perspectives … Read More