Rise Writers Piazadora Footman and Latoya Fitzgerald presented parents’ perspectives on the foster care and court process to lawyers at the Center for Family Representation on Feb. 12, 2015. In this half-day training, Pia and Toya answered questions about their experiences, Rise Director Nora McCarthy described Rise’s resources, and Rise brainstormed with CFR staff about using parent stories more frequently as a tool for educating and engaging parents.
Rise contracts with organizations to run writing groups; provide meaningful parent input on child welfare practice and policy; bring parents’ stories into parent education and peer support; and bring parents’ perspectives to child welfare forums, panels and staff training.
Current partners include the Center for the Study of Social Policy, Council on Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA), Graham Windham, National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s committee on parent trauma in child welfare, NYC Administration for Children’s Services, Sheltering Arms and Solution-Based Casebook.
One night I was searching the internet for help. My son was about to be released to me from foster care. I never had someone to talk to or to advocate for me while I was dealing with the foster care system. I finally came across Rise magazine at 4 in the morning.
It felt good to know that there were other people going through what I went through. A mother who loses her kids … Read More
Rise’s Piazadora Footman and Lindsay Reilly presented on mental health and young moms at a Center for Family Representation panel discussion for lawyers and social workers. Together Pia and Lindsay read a selection of story excerpts by young mothers who grew up in foster care and were diagnosed with mental illnesses. Pia joined a panel with mental health experts to discuss her experience with parent-child video therapy.