Cash Matters: A new series exploring how NYC and state economic policies can better protect against child welfare involvement

Parents and youth impacted by the child welfare system have called for unconditional cash and direct investment in families and communities, which research shows can reduce child welfare involvement.

Throughout this series, FPP is exploring:

Launched in May 2024, the Cash Matters series will include informational explainers, teach-ins and interviews with experts on cash access, parents and youth impacted by ACS, and groups organizing in NYC. The goal is to help advocates, policymakers, journalists and elected officials envision how city and state economic policies might better protect against child welfare involvement.

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Read Interviews with Experts on Cash Support

‘The pandemic reinforced a need for assistance that’s flexible and that provides folks with choice, dignity and the trust to make decisions about what they and their families need. But there’s still a lot of work to be done to change attitudes about receiving assistance.’

– Changing the Narrative Around Cash Assistance: Julia Casey, FPWA

“This is a big moment. Families absolutely should be getting more support than they’re getting right now, and policymakers are talking about doing things that might actually make that possible.”

– Making Cash Policies Work for Families: Aditi Shrivastava, CBPP

Learn About the Reality of Cash Support in NYC–and How It Can Shift

Take Our Survey: What do you want from the Cash Matters series?

We are working with the NY State Cash Alliance and other allies to build knowledge and momentum for legislative change. What questions do you want us to answer? How can our work support your advocacy?

>> Click here to take the survey

We’d especially like to hear from parents, youth and others who want to get involved in legislative advocacy to expand cash support for families!

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