Posts By: Rise

Hearing from Families – Parents testify in Congress about preventive supports

On Aug. 4, the executive director of the Child Welfare Organizing Project, Sandra Killett, a parent activist in New York City and mother whose son was placed in foster care, and Rosalina Burton, an intern with FosterClub and a former foster youth from California, testified before the Senate Finance Committee about a bill, The Family Stability and Kinship Care Act, that would increase federal funding for preventive services. (Click here to watch their … Read More

Center for Family Representation Hosts Rise Writing Workshop for Young Parents who Grew Up in Care

The Center for Family Representation, which represents parents in child welfare proceedings, hosted a Rise writing workshop for young parents who themselves grew up in foster care. Completed by four young parents, the workshop met weekly for 16 weeks, culminating in a presentation of their stories by two participants. This workshop was supported by the Pinkerton Foundation. Stories from this workshop include:

Family After Foster Care: I want my daughter to have the love and security … Read More

Rise Trains Frontline Staff in “Nurturing Safety with Parents Affected by Trauma” at COFCCA

Caseworkers and supervisors at foster care and preventive agencies attended a day-long training on parent trauma July 30 at COFCCA. Led by Rise Director Nora McCarthy, the training focused on how trauma affects parents with children in foster care — and how secondary traumatic stress affects child welfare staff. Attended by 25 child welfare professionals, discussion focused on noticing parent trauma, “holding” painful feelings, and responding with trauma in mind at critical moments in visits and … Read More

Rise Featured in Federal Children’s Bureau Express

The Children’s Bureau, part of the federal Administration for Children and Families, featured Rise’s Winter 2015 issue on young mothers who grew up in foster care in its newsletter, Children’s Bureau Express. CBX wrote:

In the winter 2015 issue of Rise magazine, mothers who were raised in foster care describe their experiences in care and their desire to build stable families. The young mothers share their fears regarding having their own children removed and placed in … Read More

Rise Parent Leaders Present Parents’ Perspectives to NYC Child Welfare Commissioner

Dominique Arrington, Jeanette Vega, Lakisha Johnson, Teresa Bachiller, Robbyne Wiley and Commissioner Gladys Carrión (clockwise from upper left)

Rise’s Parent Leadership Team met with ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrión June 22 to present results of conversations with 40 parents about their experiences and priorities for change.

Read their recommendations here. 

Discussion focused on parents’ need for information about the foster care process, access to parent advocates and peer support, transparency around the process of addressing concerns about children’s … Read More