FPP’s 2022-23 Priorities

NYC Family Policy Project offers credible, deeply researched and accessible policy briefs, original research and data analysis to support the work of activists, government, philanthropists and media to reduce the scope and harm of our current child welfare system and improve conditions for families. Our priorities in 2022-23 include:

Information 

  • Upstream City” column in The Imprint – Since June 2022, Nora has been writing a monthly column in the Imprint that will explore how NYC can shift away from reactive surveillance and intrusion in stressed families and toward direct investment in family health and networks of community care.
  • Going deeper: On this site, FPP will continue publishing the deep background behind these columns: “Deep Dives” offering detailed budget and policy info, “Spotlights” that analyze policy impacts and “Interviews” that highlight thinkers and doers working on aligned solutions.
  • Context Corner: Tricia will summarize and comment on selected child welfare articles each month, exploring the history of contemporary child welfare policies and practices and the research that shapes the current child welfare terrain.

Research 

  • Framework for Neighborhood and Family Health: FPP will ground its work in an “ecological” accountability framework that situates child welfare impacts within the context of NYC’s family policies and neighborhood health conditions.We will examine local factors as well as those that may cut across neighborhoods: Is ACS primarily involved with extremely low-income families, such as those living at or under 50% of the poverty line? Is it highly impacting families in places that are physically isolated? Is it particularly involving first-time mothers? Narrowing the picture can point to specific policy changes, such as transportation or TANF/SNAP investments, to reduce family and community stressors. This framework and public data set can help local leaders and the family policing advocacy community hold city government as a whole accountable for addressing conditions that drive child welfare involvement and creating conditions for family flourishing. We will be sharing our findings publicly through research updates, research resource lists, policy papers and accessible data sets.
  • Community Advisory Board: A paid Community Advisory Board that centers impacted parents and youth will, once trained, serve as the gatekeeper of knowledge production and implementation, participating in all aspects of research, policy and practice recommendations. Advisory board members will be trained in research methods so that they can merge their lived expertise with strong research fundamentals.

Policy Analysis 

  • Direct support by mandated reporters: FPP will examine organizations that have affirmative policies and practices for providing direct support to families in crisis and managing risk as primary response before utilizing mandated reporting. We seek to understand transferrable organizational factors (culture, attitudes, practices) that lend support to proactive family support instead of reactive mandated reporting. 
  • Family economic supports and child welfare involvement: Along with other organizations examining public benefits, FPP will explore how family child welfare involvement is impacted by economic policy.

Community Policymaking

  • Community-led Participatory Action Research: FPP views the ecological accountability framework as a first step in reframing child welfare involvement and in making targeted adjustments to NYC’s family policy and investments in community planning to support family flourishing. In the coming years, our goal is to coordinate and support local efforts around family-centered neighborhood planning to enact approaches that support and sustain community and family health.

Forums and Roundtables

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Our website is a work in progress! If there is information that you are looking for, email Nora: nora@familypolicynyc.org