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Last year, Rise interviewed Kelis Houston, a family advocate and child welfare policy consultant in Minnesota, about Minnesota parents and allies fighting to address racial bias and violations of parents’ rights by the child welfare system. Rise spoke to Kelis Houston again to get an update on the African American Family Preservation Act.
The Rise series Surveillance Isn’t Safety began with a focus on schools because NYC schools call in 26% of NYC reports to the state child abuse and neglect hotline. Parents have described the harm caused to their families when schools did not support them, but then reported them.
Here, Rise highlights steps that the Department of Education (DOE) and individual schools, as well as our city and state child welfare agencies, ACS and OFCS, and others can take to better support families and reduce unnecessary reports.
Introduction: Surveillance Isn’t SafetyHow Over-Reporting and CPS Monitoring Stress Families and Weaken CommunitiesSeries edited by Rachel Blustain, Rise Contributing Editor
When Schools Over-ReportSeries edited by Rachel Blustain, Rise Contributing Editor
No Escape: The system failed me as a child but now it won’t leave me alone.by Sarah Harris
The System Allowed My Ex to Use Investigations as a Weapon Against Meby Lou H
A Punishment Worse than the Crime: I was charged with abuse but my kids were … Read More
If CPS has been called on you or if you are worried a report may be made, you can call these organizations for legal representation during an investigation. All of the parent defense organizations have early defense teams that can assist parents, try to prevent an ACS case, and provide information so parents know their rights and understand the process.
Bronx: The Bronx DefendersIf ACS was called on you, if ACS contacts you, if or you … Read More