The NYC Family Policy Project (FPP)
We are 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.
By Dr. Tricia Stephens I am a researcher, an academic and a believer in using data to support deep thinking about social problems. I could... 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
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
“If you really want families to stay together or to reunify, material needs should not be part of the equation. Otherwise you’re just penalizing people... Read More
‘I think a new hood is possible if people have the space to dream it and the tools to achieve it. So the first step... Read More
Community Policymaking: Cameryn Okeke, Vera Institute for Justice, and Saadiq Bey, Kings County DA’s Office
‘If we are trying to transform public life, we have to transform the process of making policy. Equitable and just policy has to have a... Read More
Data on NYC Child Welfare Impacts
We are sharing new data from the city’s child welfare agency, ACS, to help neighborhood leaders, community groups, families and elected officials address conditions that stress families and build community networks, resources and infrastructure to support families.
See the Data