The NYC Family Policy Project (FPP) is a research and policy analysis organization that works from the perspective that child welfare involvement emerges as a symptom when communities are under stress and duress.
While child welfare frameworks treat individual parents as the problem targeted for improvement, FPP recognizes that targeting community conditions and investing in community health can better serve the majority of families as well as improve the overall health of our city. FPP will bring together researchers, parents and youth with lived expertise, advocates, allies and disruptors working on the ground in impacted communities to develop research-driven transformative policy solutions for NYC families.
Families often end up in contact with the child welfare system because of difficulties navigating NYC’s public systems to address family challenges. Trapped in a... Read More
New research has found that family economic setbacks and lack of access to basic economic needs predict child welfare involvement—and that economic policies that soften financial... Read More
Oct 18, 2022: The State Assembly Committee on Children and Families held a hearing on “the state of primary prevention in NY,” including discussion of whether expanded family supports should... Read More
This series examines how New York City can target community conditions and invest in family health to reduce child welfare involvement. It seeks to offer... Read More
“Somebody’s Children or Nobody’s Children?” cast an entirely new light on the depth and breadth of family regulation
Each month, FPP Co-Founder Dr. Tricia Stephens summarizes and comments on selected child welfare articles, exploring the history of contemporary child welfare policies and practices... Read More
Extreme Family Stress, Extraordinary Family Investment: Lessons from a pandemic that upended the New York City child welfare system
This paper was originally published on the website of the Narrowing the Front Door of NYC’s Child Welfare System Work Group. What would happen if... Read More
Nora McCarthy, Co-Founder
Nora was the founder and director of Rise, a NYC parent advocacy organization, for 16 years. Nora also edited the citywide youth newspaper New Youth Connections (NYC) and a magazine by teens in foster care, Represent. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and has written for publications including Newsday, Slate, The Appeal, and Child Welfare Watch. Nora is a member of the Steering Committee of United Family Advocates and a board member of the International Parent Advocacy Network.
Tricia Stephens, Co-Founder
Tricia is an Assistant Professor at the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work. She holds a PhD from New York University and specializes in the effects of historical and contemporary trauma on mental health functioning for people of the African Diaspora and on child welfare, particularly the intersection of parental trauma exposure and family stability. Tricia has practiced as a social worker in NYC for over 20 years, in child welfare and mental health settings. Tricia serves in an advisory capacity to several grassroots and community-based parent serving organizations in NYC and is a co-chair of the Narrowing the Front Door Work Group to reduce child welfare involvement in NYC.