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What to Do When Children’s Services Comes to the Door

Every year, the Administration for Children’s Services visits families in New York City tens of thousands of times. Typically, those investigations start with a knock on the door as staff members of the child welfare agency try to assess reports of abuse or neglect by a parent or other family member. That first moment is […]

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City, Union Push Back on Informing Parents of Rights in Child-Welfare Probes

A so-called Parental Rights package of legislation is scheduled to be voted on by the City Council on Thursday, seeking to “empower families in the [child welfare] system… to know their rights.” But two key bills will be conspicuously absent from the vote. Both would require city Administration for Children’s Services workers to advise parents […]

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New School Year Brings New Concerns of Pandemic ‘Educational Neglect’ Child Welfare Probes

With all New York kids set to soon return for in-person classes for the first time in 1 ½ years, Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to reassure nervous parents Wednesday that pandemic-related absences won’t immediately lead to child-neglect investigations.  “If in the beginning of the school year, a parent is not ready, we’re going to […]