Posts By: Rise Editor

Minnesota parents take to the streets, the courts and the legislature

In Minnesota this year, parents and their allies began protesting what they say are routine violations of families’ rights as well as bias that leads to the overrepresentation of black and Native American families in the child welfare system. In Minnesota, a black child is 3 to 5 times more likely to be in foster care than a white child, and a Native American child is 17 times more likely to be in foster care, according to … Read More

Noticing Trauma in Visits – How caseworkers can respond to signs of possible trauma

Interview by Nancy Fortunato, Jeanette Vega and Robbyne Wiley 

Glenn Saxe, a developer of Trauma Systems Therapy and professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, explains how caseworkers can respond to signs of possible trauma.

Q: How can you tell if a parent’s actions are related to past trauma?

A: As a caseworker supervising visits, you may see surprising responses, like a parent getting very withdrawn in certain moments. Over time, you may see … Read More

The 5 Protective Factors

Below are qualities in parents that have been shown to help keep children safe:

Resilience: Most simply, this means that when you hit tough times, you are able to bounce back and keep moving forward.

Social Connections: Research shows that it’s easier to handle parenting challenges when you have positive relationships with family, friends and others.

Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development: There’s no such thing as a perfect parent, but when you have a basic understanding of … Read More

Rise Presents at ABA Parent Attorney Conference 2015

In July 2015, Rise Editorial Director Rachel Blustain presented “Communicating with Clients, Building an Effective Attorney-Client Alliance and Working with Clients who Look Different from You” with Lee Elkins of the Washoe County, Nevada, Office of the Public Defender.