NYC Family Defenders Welcome NY Advisory Committee Report; Urge NYS to Implement Its Recommendations

On Tuesday May 28, the New York Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report “Examining the New York Child Welfare System and its Impact on Black Children and Families.” Following the report’s release, The Bronx Defenders, Brooklyn Defender Services, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, and Center for Family Representation issued a statement.

“We welcome the Commission’s investigation and report focusing on the particular harms of the state’s family policing system - also known as the child welfare system - on Black children and families. We agree that it is vital to address the long-standing harm and trauma this system inflicts on the families it targets and the need to replace it with direct resources and support for families and children. We applaud the Commission’s approach and recommendations that push to the forefront the experiences and recommendations of Black families impacted by the family policing system."


"We wholly endorse the Commission’s recommendations for the New York Legislature to pass, and for the Governor to sign into law, four bills —The Informed Consent Act, The Family Miranda Rights Act, The Anti-Harassment in Reporting Act, and The Preserving Families Bond Act— that will help to keep families out of the family policing system and reduce the harm caused by separation for those already ensnared. We urge the State Legislature to ratify these bills before the session ends this week.”

Read the full press release here.

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