New Publication: Rise Visiting TIPS

Rise’s new TIPS handouts offer parents clear information and peer guidance to navigate their cases. Developed in partnership with parents and frontline staff at three NYC foster care agencies, this set of TIPS focuses on visits. Caseworkers and parents advocates can use the TIPS to orient parents when their children enter foster care and to support parents who are struggling.

Making the Most of Visits offers guidance from a parent advocate on creating routines, playing, handling tough … Read More

‘Like Falling Down a Rabbit Hole’ – New film Custody explores the world of family court

This Saturday, the film Custody by director James Lapine will air on Lifetime at 8pm EST. Starring Viola Davis, Hayden Panettiere and Catalina Sandino Moreno, the film explores the professional conflicts and personal dramas of a mother, a lawyer, a caseworker and a judge as a case of suspected abuse makes its way through the family court system.

In the background is the recent death of another child known to the system. The aftershocks of that … Read More

Stories by Frontline Staff

Caseworkers play such an important role in whether parents succeed in getting their children home from foster care. To build parents’ understanding of caseworkers and workers’ understanding of parents, Rise ran two writing groups for frontline staff at the NYC agency Sheltering Arms. These stories show the challenges caseworkers face, as well as ways they’ve overcome those challenges.


Transparency and Trust – As a caseplanner, I know I have power over parents’ lives – … Read More

Rise Annual Report 2016

We encourage you to check out our annual report to learn more about Rise’s publications, presentations and partnerships in 2016.

In the past year, Rise has deeply focused on frontline staff training and on advocacy.

In December, Rise parent leaders presented testimony to NYC’s City Council about how preventive services have helped them overcome childhood experiences in foster care, access practical supports and build strong, safe families.

The New York Times published Rise Director Nora McCarthy’s letter to … Read More

Rise Is Hiring – Editor and Operations Director

Rise is hiring two full-time positions: an Editor and an Operations Director.

Editor: Rise’s writing process is the foundation of our work to bring parents’ knowledge and experiences into the child welfare system.The editor position includes: running writing workshops; conceptualizing and developing our print issues in partnership with our parent leaders, including supporting parent-led reporting; and further developing our social media presence and e-newsletter. Read the full job description. 

Operations Director: Rise is looking for a committed, … Read More