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The Power of Peer Support – Rise Parent Presentation at our 2018 Benefit

Lindsay Reilly (Read by Nancy Fortunato)

LINDSAY/NANCY

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

Calling All Parents – Speech by Dinah Adames-Ortiz at Rise’s 2018 Benefit

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

Rise Benefit: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 – 6:30pm at the New York Public Library

Rise Annual Benefit 2018
October 25, 6:30-8:30pm
New York Public Library, McGraw Rotunda
476 5th Ave, New York, NY – Enter on 42nd St.

Speakers

Dinah Ortiz-Adames, Bronx Defenders Parent Advocate Supervisor
Jeanette Vega, Rise Training Director
Nancy Fortunato, Keyna Franklin, Melissa Landrau, Lindsay Reilly, Sara Werner, Robbyne Wiley, Rise Parent Leaders

Sponsors 

Innovation Driver: Lauren and Steve Pilgrim

Information Provider: Rebecca Boucher, Casey Family Programs

Peer Supporter: Catholic Guardian, Children’s Village, Good Shepherd Services, Graham Windham, Jeff Gramm, JCCA, Marcia Reilly, SCO Family of Services, Sheltering Arms

Story Teller: The Bronx … Read More

TIPS for Parents with Supervised Visits

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

Power to the Parent — A NYC program puts service planning in the hands of parents and provides peer support

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