Reforms to NYC child welfare laws would require investigators inform families of rights
Dozens of parents and NYC council members rallied Wednesday for long-sought reform bills that require city workers to verbally inform families of their legal rights at the start of a child welfare investigation.
Under existing law, parents have the right to know the allegations against them of abuse or neglect, speak with an attorney, and refuse to let the Administration for Children’s Services enter their homes absent a court order or emergency.
But those with experience in these investigations say they are rarely told as much and are demanding ACS workers provide a “Miranda warning” about parents’ rights, similar to police in criminal cases.
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