Handling Your Case

When children are placed in foster care, parents often feel overwhelmed, afraid, ashamed, angry and confused. Stories by other parents who have reunited with their children can help you navigate the child welfare system. Even if your goal is to fight the allegations in court, it’s usually a good idea to immediately enroll in services that the court is requiring, such as parenting classes or treatment. Stories here show how to work with your lawyer, caseworker and parent advocate; take the lead in planning support services; and stay connected with your children while they are in foster care.

What You Should Know About Child Safety Conferences

In NYC, parents facing removal of their children are asked to attend a Child Safety Conference, where a decision is made whether or not a child will be placed in foster care. Many other jurisdictions hold similar conferences.

As a Parent Advocate, I have supported parents in hundreds of conferences. When parents come prepared, it can increase the chances that children remain at home, and it shows that you are committed to resolving concerns about you.

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Prepared for Parenting — After I gave birth, I had to prove I was a fit mother

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‘They Will Not Win’ — I had to overcome my hopelessness to fight the false allegations against me

By LaQuana Chappelle

When my youngest son was 7 weeks old, I noticed a peppermint-sized lump on the right side of his head. There was no bruising, only swelling. I called my mother, frantic. As an infant, my sister had had a lump on her head that turned out to be a tumor.

I took my son to the doctor, and the doctor told me to go to the hospital. He did not appear to be in … Read More

Your Rights During an Investigation—And How to Use Them

INTERVIEW BY RISE PARENT LEADERS

When you’re investigated by child protective services, you have to make decisions every step of the way. You have to decide what information to share, whether to enroll in services, and, if you wind up with a case, whether or not to go to trial.

You can’t know for sure what will help or hurt your situation. But the more you know about investigations, the better able you are to make educated … 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