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Community Conversation for Parent Advocates

Community Conversation for NYC Parent Advocates

Who: NYC Parent Advocates who are parents impacted by ACS

What: Parents at Rise are conducting a participatory action research project. We’d like to hear from you about your experience with the child welfare system.

When: Tuesday, January 19th, 4-6 pm

Where: This Community Conversation will take place by Zoom.

RSVP to Halimah Washington, Rise Community Coordinator at

Teresa M. Marrero, Parent Advocate Training Coordinator

As the Parent Advocate Training Coordinator, Teresa M. prepares NYC parents impacted by the child welfare system to work as parent advocates within the child welfare system (preventive and foster care agencies) as well as in impacted communities. 

Prior to joining the Rise team, Teresa M worked as a Parent Advocate / Parent Resource Specialist at Heartshare/St. Vincent Services for 3 years. Teresa is a graduate of the Child Welfare Organizing Project where she started her … Read More

Robbyne Wiley, Senior Parent Leader

Robbyne joined a Rise writing workshop in 2002, before the organization formally began, and has been a member of the Rise Advisory Board since it started in 2007. Robbyne is a graduate of the Child Welfare Organizing Project Parent Leadership Curriculum and has been a parent advocate at Child Safety Conferences. Robbyne is a member of Rise’s Leadership Team and completed Rise’s Advanced Writing Group and Public Speaking Skills Training and Advanced Public Speaking Program.

Keyna Franklin, Assistant Editor

Keyna joined Rise in Fall 2017 as a participant in two workshops to develop Rise TIPS and a presentation on service planning. She was previously a volunteer parent advocate at Episcopal Social Services. She came on staff as a Parent Leader in January 2018. Keyna co-facilitates the Rise & Shine and writing workshop series, as well as the CORE writing workshop series for parent advocates. Keyna writes and reports for Rise and coordinates and co-facilitates … Read More

Halimah Washington, Community Coordinator

Halimah Washington is Rise’s Community Coordinator and Leader of  the Participatory Action Research (PAR) Project. The Community Coordinator is a newly created role to build out Rise’s work of reducing systems involvement. As Community Coordinator, Halimah leads a team of impacted parents in holding community conversations and conducting a participatory action research (PAR) project to identify and develop a vision to address root causes and community led solutions to child welfare involvement.

Halimah Washington is passionate … Read More