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Coronavirus Impact on Parents

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Rise Recommendations to Address Schools’ Over-Reporting to Child Protective Services

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.

Series: Surveillance Isn’t Safety

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

Personal Essays

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

How to Access NYC Early Representation: Legal Support for Parents During an Investigation or Family Crisis

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