News And Events

Rise Statement Opposing Proposed OCFS Host Homes Regulations

On January 29, 2020, OCFS posted proposed Host Homes regulations for public comment. The regulations would allow the organization Safe Families for Children (and other approved agencies) to operate overnight respite care in New York State. 

Expansion of voluntary, temporary respite options for vulnerable parents is something that Rise supports in concept. That said, we were alarmed in reviewing the regulations to see a picture of respite provision that is out of sync with parents’ self-identified needs. We oppose these regulations and ask OFCS not to approve them. Instead, we urge OCFS to develop a process to hear directly from parents, youth and community advocates to learn more about parents’ needs and develop a model that better meets them.

Resources for Parents Impacted by Coronavirus and Child Welfare

Compiled by Keyna Franklin, Rise Parent Leader

04/23/2020 – Virtual Visits in a Time of Uncertainty + Resources for Parents

04/08/2020 – Survival During Triggering Times – Resources for Parents

04/01/2020 – Info for Parents Impacted by COVID-19 + Child Welfare

05/07/2020 – New Rise TIPS for Coping with Video Visits

Coronavirus Impact on Parents

Rise is working to uplift parents’ voices and advocate for parents’ needs. Please share your experience with Rise. NYC parents can also join our weekly online support groups led by Rise parent leaders and NYC parent advocates.

How to Access NYC Early Representation: Legal Support for Parents During an Investigation or Family Crisis

If CPS has been called on you or if you are worried a report may be made, you can call these organizations for legal representation during an investigation. All of the parent defense organizations have early defense teams that can assist parents, try to prevent an ACS case, and provide information so parents know their rights and understand the process.

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