Opinion: The Harmful Impact Of Invasive Child Welfare Investigations

2024-03-25T15:59:23-04:00March 18th, 2024|

City Limits

"Earlier this month, the NYC Family Policy Project released a bombshell report demonstrating, in no uncertain terms, that New York investigates far too many children and families for suspected abuse or neglect."

NY State Child Abuse Hotline Shortfalls Lead To Unnecessary Investigations: Report

2024-03-11T12:46:53-04:00March 7th, 2024|

NY Daily News

"Advocates at the New York City Family Policy Project [part of UJC's 2022-2024 Social Justice Accelerator cohort] are pushing agents who field the calls to ask more questions before putting a family through a traumatic investigation."

New York Child Protection Hotline Accepts Maltreatment Allegations At Far Higher Rates Than Other States, New Study Shows

2024-03-11T12:52:33-04:00March 6th, 2024|

The Intercept

“The consequences are serious,” the report by The New York City Family Policy Project [part of UJC's Social Justice Accelerator 2022-2024 cohort] states. “Families under investigation endure two months of inspections of their homes and bodies, demands for medical and school records, and intrusive interviews with their neighbors, doctors and teachers that can damage their reputation, all while holding their breath, not knowing if their children may be taken.” 

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

2023-05-24T14:38:41-04:00May 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

Intentional Investment in the Social Fabric of Neighborhoods Can Lift Families

2022-10-17T16:52:07-04:00September 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

2022-10-17T16:23:11-04:00September 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.’”