Finding Support

All parents need places where they feel safe and supported. Many parents want help but fear opening up about their struggles and don’t know where to safely find support. If children are in foster care, parents may not know what services to ask for to help them heal. Parents write about the supports that have helped them feel safe, bond with their children, grow as people and parents, reunify with their children—and keep their children out of foster care.

La Educación Comienza en La Casa – Mis hijos necesitan apoyo para sobresalir en la escuela.

Cuando yo era pequeña mi mamá en México siempre estuvo al pendiente de mi educación. Trabajaba en una tienda que teníamos en la casa. Recuerdo que si teníamos algún problema en la escuela, mi mamá simplemente cerraba la tienda sin importarle si perdía dinero, e iba a la escuela a hablar con nuestro maestro.

Mi mamá nunca nos dijo, “Tuve que cerrar la tienda y perdí dinero”, o “ Hoy no puedo ir para hablar con … Read More

Luchar Para Una Educación – Encontré una escuela mejor para mi hija

Read the English translation in Rise Issue #9: Immigration – Raising Children in a New Country.

Cuando mi primera hija entró a pre-kinder me di cuenta de lo importante que es que los padres nos involucremos en la escuela.

Cuando Liliana estaba en kindergarten nos habíamos cambiado de apartamento. Por ese motivo cambié a mi hija de escuela. Mi hija se sentía triste porque había dejado sus amigos y también porque la escuela que … Read More

Using Our Experiences to Make a Difference – Organizing for system change in New York City.

One night on my way home I saw a blue flyer with three questions that caught my eye. 1) Are your children in foster care? 2) Do you have a child welfare case? 3) Do you want to help change the system?

At the time, my children had just been taken into foster care. I felt angry, like the system had kidnapped my children for its financial gain. The system offered me no … Read More

Parents as Partners – Workers and families learn from each other in 15 cities nationwide.


For the past 18 months, social worker Randy Jenkins and parent advocate Sandra Jimenez have been training birth parents to become advocates and supports for parents at child welfare agencies in 15 cities nationwide. Here, Jenkins explains how their work begins with conversations to help agency staff and birth parents learn from each other:

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is interested in changing the way the child welfare system engages with parents. When the … Read More

How does child welfare funding work? – Understanding the Family Stability and Kinship Care Act

If you’re a parent reading Rise, chances are you’ve been affected by the child welfare system. But do you know how child welfare gets funded, or how that funding affects you as a parent?

Right now a new bill before Congress could dramatically change the way child welfare is funded, and make a lot more money available for preventive services. As parents affected by the child-welfare system, it’s important to understand how … Read More