Rise contracts with organizations to: run writing groups; use Rise stories to educate and support parents; include Rise stories and parent-led presentations in staff training; and provide meaningful parent input on child welfare practice and policy.

‘An Opportunity to Hear Straight from Parents’ – How Rise stories make an NCTSN training on trauma real for caseworkers

Interview with Erika Tullberg, NYU Child Study Center and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

I work at the NYU Child Study Center as part of a team focused on child trauma, and I’m also a co-chair of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s (NCTSN) child welfare committee.

Two years ago, Rise joined us as a member of a subcommittee focused on parents in the child welfare system who have had experiences of trauma. We are developing … Read More

‘This Is Really Going to Make a Difference’ – Rise’s partnership with ACS to bring parent voice into staff training citywide

Interview with David Nish, Associate Commissioner of Training and Workforce Development at NYC’s Administration for Children’s Services

ACS has a training academy for new staff, Satterwhite Academy, and a new Workforce Institute in partnership with CUNY’s School of Professional Studies, that will train child welfare staff citywide. The focus of our work is to help staff really understand the complex nature of the work that they do, with a focus on building empathy and helping families … Read More

‘Wait, There’s a Whole Story Here’ – How Rise’s writing group is helping an agency listen to parents

Interview with Jess Dannhauser, President and CEO

Graham Windham is a child welfare and youth development agency in New York City. A few years ago we sat down and talked about what we could do to further our support for parents. When we started to talk with parents about what they value, they said they valued their relationships with peers.

We thought that a Rise writing group for parents with children in foster care could add to … Read More

Rise and Graham Windham Celebrate Parent Writing Workshop Graduates

Five parents graduated from a Rise writing group at Graham Windham on June 14, 2016, celebrating 16 weeks of hard work to complete stories for publication. Pictured from left are Melissa Landrau, Mariya Kolesnichenko, Nelson Lopez, Rise Director Nora McCarthy, Rebecca Cedeño and Monique Diaz. Participant D’Juan Collins also completed a story.

This is the second year that Graham has hosted a Rise writing workshop for parents as part of its Family Success Program. Parents in the group … Read More

Rise Parent Leaders Present Reform Recommendations at CUNY Law Symposium on Family Court

Four parent leaders from Rise presented parents’ perspectives on facing New York City Family Courts at the CUNY Law School symposium “Reimagining Family Defense” on April 8. Drawing on interviews with dozens of parents with current child welfare cases and stories published in Rise’s parent-written magazine over the past 10 years, Piazadora Footman, Robbyne Wiley, Bevanjae Kelley and Nancy Fortunato described common themes in parents’ experiences facing the court and gave recommendations for reform.

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