Child Welfare

New York City Tries Financial Mentoring With At-Risk Families — But Leaves Out Cash Incentives

One of the most common criticisms of America’s child welfare system is that it too often ensnares impoverished parents, accusing them of neglect when the true issue is just the circumstances of poverty. When families earn less […]

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More Foster Parents, Fewer Foster Youth as New York City Continues to Pursue Reforms

Years before New York State Attorney General Letitia James sued President Donald Trump over his charity’s alleged misdeeds, she was an ambitious New York City watchdog pressuring the city to do more for foster youth. […]

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Child Welfare

New York City Debates Lawyering Up Parents Early in Child Safety Investigations

The New York City Council is considering a new frontier in establishing rights for parents accused of child abuse and neglect, over objections from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and child protective caseworkers. At a […]

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The Harmful Effects of New York City’s Over-Surveillance

In recent years, New York City’s child welfare leadership has proudly told the story of how the system has dramatically reduced the number of children in foster care while maintaining child safety. To be sure, […]

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Federal Dollars That Are About to Disappear Helped New York City Get Kids Out of Foster Care Much More Quickly

Enter the terms “languish” and “foster care” into Google, and you get more than 40,000 results. It’s one of the most common critiques of the foster care system: Many youth spend too much time within it, […]