Posts By: Rise

Harvard Center on the Developing Child and CSSP Share Rise Video on Babies in Care

Rise’s video, “I Hope My Judge Still Sees the Good in Me,” shares the experiences of five parents whose infants entered foster care. Developed in partnership with the Center for the Study of Social Policy and Harvard Center on the Developing Child to contribute to a joint effort to improve the experiences of infants in foster care, it can be used to sensitize child welfare staff, lawyers, judges and policymakers to the experiences of parents with … Read More

‘Everybody Can See that I Came a Long Way’ – Despite my disability and painful childhood, I’m keeping myself and my daughter safe.

Interview with Ann Alarcon

I’ve come a long way. Everybody in my life can see that.

In my childhood, I was getting abused. It was neglect when I was young, and I was hit by a belt, a switch, anything they get their hands on. I had marks all over. When I was 4 or 5 I was in foster care. After I got home, it was the same. When I was … Read More

Rise Stories Strengthen Visit Coaching: ‘One of the Most Helpful Tools in My Job’

Robyn Hubbard, a Visit Coach for Salvation Army Children’s Services in Allentown, PA, wrote to Rise: “I serve parents whose children have been placed in foster care to help improve their experience of visits and to empower parents to meet the needs of their children. I found your magazine while researching Visit Coaching in other states. I have to say that your publication, representing the voices of parents who have experienced the child welfare system, has been one of … Read More

‘I Wouldn’t Be a Good Steward of This Agency If I Didn’t Have the Input of Parents and Youth’ -An interview with NYC Children’s Services Commissioner Gladys Carrión

Questions for this interview were developed by parents at Rise and at the Child Welfare Organizing Project (CWOP), a New York City parent advocacy organization. The interview was condensed and edited for publication.

Before I interviewed Gladys Carrión, the new commissioner of NYC Children’s Services, I was expecting generic answers to my questions. I expect people in power to not relate to, agree with, or even hear … Read More