Coronavirus Impact on Parents

You are not alone. Rise is working to uplift parents’ voices and advocate for parents’ rights and needs.

Coronavirus and social distancing are putting stress on families and communities, and affecting parents with child welfare system involvement. Rise is dedicated to building the power of parents affected by the child welfare system. As parents, the Rise team is here for you. 

Survey: Please share your experience with Rise.

If you are a parent with a child in foster care or in preventive services or living in the shelter system and coronavirus is impacting your situation, Rise wants to hear from you.

Please complete this brief survey so that we can learn from you and connect with you about getting involved.

The responses you provide will inform Rise’s work to support our community, uplift parents’ voices, and advocate for parents’ rights and needs with child welfare leadership during this difficult time. 

Please note that Rise is not able to work on individual cases. We are gathering information to learn about parents’ issues and needs so that we can advocate for impacted parents broadly. 

Support Group for Parents

Community Support Group
Every Thursday, 6:00-7:00 PM
NYC parents impacted by the child welfare system are invited to the Rise online support group run by parent advocates at Rise and from across NYC, where you can connect with other parents. 

Rise TIPS and Resources for Coping with Video Visits

Rise TIPS for Coping with Video Visits

Parent-to-parent support for handling separation during COVID-19:

See more resources that may be helpful with visiting during the COVID-19 shutdown, as well as additional resources.

Parents’ Stories

Read reflections by parents impacted by the child welfare system and the coronavirus shutdown:

Survival During Triggering Times
By Nicole Goodwin

Making the Most of Virtual Visits in a Time of Separation and Uncertainty
By Bradley Franklin

‘It’s Crazy and It’s Torture’
By Michael Roelle

Newsletter with Resources for Parents

Rise is sending out an email newsletter with resources and information for parents impacted by COVID-19 and child welfare.

Sign up to receive it!

View archived issues.

Lawyers for NYC Parents

During the coronavirus outbreak, family court is operating by telephone and you must call to get a lawyer assigned to you. Call a legal provider in the borough where you live to talk about your rights and how the process works.