Lindsay Reilly (Read by Nancy Fortunato)
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
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
Even though we love our children and want to see them, visiting children in foster care can bring up painful feelings for many parents. Sometimes visits are scary, stiff, weird, awkward, or sad. Our kids may act angry at us, or like they don’t care. Walking into the agency can make us feel like a failure. If you were in foster care yourself as a child, visits can also bring up feelings of abandonment. During … Read More
Parents fighting to reunite with their kids often feel like they have no say in their family’s service planning and are given services without being asked what they need. Many also feel alone in the process.
Several child protective agencies across the nation have responded by implementing family conferencing and parent advocate programs.
Michael Arsham, director of The Office of Advocacy for NYC’s Administration for Children’s Services, spoke to Rise about NYC’s Enhanced Family Conferencing Initiative (EFCI), … Read More