Upstream City: Child Welfare Systems Should Be Allies, Not Leaders, in Transformative Change

2023-05-24T14:38:41+00:00May 18th, 2023|

The Imprint

"But the risks of a ballooning “well-being system” are likely higher. Child welfare systems can’t be wholly responsible for families in crisis. ACS has much to figure out about how it can do its core job while reducing trauma, limiting surveillance and respecting parents’ rights." - Nora McCarthy, Co-Founder, Family Policy Project

The Constitution Prohibits Unreasonable Searches. Child Welfare Investigators Routinely Conduct Them.

2023-05-16T09:17:58+00:00April 19th, 2023|

The New School

"As a matter of Fourth Amendment law, over 99.8 percent of ACS’s searches of families’ homes are “presumptively unreasonable” and therefore unconstitutional."

New Nonprofit to Use Civic-Improvement Prize Money to Hire Legal Talent

2022-11-16T15:02:30+00:00November 7th, 2022|

NY Law Journal

“The Family Justice Law Center [part of UJC's Social Justice Accelerator], the first organization of its kind in the United States, will go on the legal offensive on behalf of families who say child welfare agencies violated their constitutional rights.”

David Prize announces winners of $1 million in funding

2022-10-31T17:51:34+00:00October 30th, 2022|

Philanthropy News

"The prize selects people with the determination and vision to change New York City’s communities, culture, and future for good...This year’s winners include David Shalleck-Klein, founder and executive director of the Family Justice Law Center [a member of the Urban Justice Center's Social Justice Accelerator]."

He’ll Use His $200,000 Prize to Fight for Children

2022-10-31T17:59:59+00:00October 25th, 2022|

New York Times

"David Shalleck-Klein, 35, is one of five winners splitting this year’s $1 million David Prize, a no-strings-attached award established in 2019...[He] started the Family Justice Law Center six months ago [and is a member of UJC's Social Justice Accelerator]. He said it was the nation’s first civil rights organization dedicated to suing government agencies that separate children from their parents."

Inside Massachusetts’ Family Separation Disaster

2022-10-17T17:05:15+00:00September 26th, 2022|

Mother Jones

"In New York City, for example, the hearings typically begin within three days of a child’s removal, but they are divided into tiny segments, stretching out months, says David Shalleck-Klein, executive director of New York’s Family Justice Law Center [a member of the UJC Social Justice Accelerator]."

Intentional Investment in the Social Fabric of Neighborhoods Can Lift Families

2022-10-17T16:52:07+00:00September 20th, 2022|

The Imprint

“In places where structural disinvestment has depleted networks, parents are on their own. That has consequences. In its Community Health Survey, the New York City Health Department asks whether people in a community get together to discuss political and social issues, trust a neighbor with the key to their home, or would say something to a person who didn’t clean up after their dog. Neighborhoods lower on measures of social trust and control are higher on child welfare involvement.”  - FPP Co-Director, Nora McCarthy

Leader to Leader: Nora McCarthy

2022-10-17T16:23:11+00:00September 5th, 2022|

NYN Media

"McCarthy has now launched a new enterprise: the NYC Family Policy Project [which is part of UJC's Social Justice Accelerator].  Through research and policy analysis, the Family Policy Project will make the case that New York City has historically ‘over invested in child protective services and under invested in community institutions and networks that help families thrive.’”

Student athletes win landmark NYC fairplay lawsuit

2022-05-02T18:33:06+00:00April 26th, 2022|

Sport & Dev

"'More than three years ago, I joined the Fair Play coalition with a sea of joyful Black and Brown youth from the South Bronx to rally on the issue of sports equity,” said Obrian Rosario, organizer of the Fair Play Coalition and Executive Director of Outreach at the Peer Defense Project."

New Law Center to Fight Illegal Family Separation by NYC Child Welfare Agencies

2022-04-11T19:11:01+00:00March 29th, 2022|

The 74

"David Shalleck-Klein believes child welfare agencies routinely violate the Constitution by carrying out unlawful searches and family separations — with disastrous consequences for the low-income Black and Hispanic families they disproportionately investigate... The attorney last week launched what he says is the nation’s first civil rights organization dedicated to fighting back against such violations: the Family Justice Law Center [which is part of the Urban Justice Center's SJA].”