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Report | Child Welfare

Is Reform Finally Coming to NYC Family Court? 

Delay and dysfunction have long plagued New York City Family Court operations – and a new Child Welfare Watch report by the Center for New York City Affairs details the devastating toll that this takes on families involved in allegations of abuse and neglect. But the report also identifies new reasons for cautious hope. It makes the case that after decades of Family Court dysfunction, in part caused by backlogged cases, improvement may soon stem from recent developments in the Family Child protective “parts,” where cases involving abuse and neglect allegations are heard.



Event | Education

Facing the FAFSA In The Fall:
Will the New Application Process Help or Hurt NYC Students?

Monday, February 8, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM 

Please join us for a discussion of what the new financial aid rules will bring—and what else we can be doing to make the process easier on low-income families and first-generation college students.

Greg Darnieder, senior advisor to the secretary on the College Access Initiative, U.S. Department of Education
Kristen Harris, director of college readiness supports, NYC Department of Education
Susan Mead, director of financial aid, Dutchess Community College, SUNY
Allison Palmer, director, College Access Center, New Settlement Apartments
Kevin Stump, northeast regional director, Young Invincibles

This event will be moderated by Kim Nauer, research director at the Center for New York City Affairs and author of FAFSA: A How-To Guide for High School Students (And the Adults Who Help Them)

Please join the conversation online @centernyc #PPYFAFSA


Urban Matters | Children, Youth, & Families

Misery, and Hope, In a Poor People’s Court: 
ProPublica Talks With Abigail Kramer

“The courthouse is dismal in the particular way of municipal buildings that serve the very poor. The walls and floors are scuffed. The ceiling is a low patchwork of industrial foam squares. There are no windows to the outside. For a place that deals in the problems of families, it’s remarkably difficult to navigate with kids…. At 10 a.m. on a recent Friday morning, about 30 people sat on benches, wearing the vaguely taxidermied look of those who expect to wait for a very long time.”

This bleak portrait of a reception area in the Bronx Family Court opens the Center for New York City Affairs’ vivid new report “Is Reform Finally Coming to New York City Family Court?” Last week, reporter Joaquin Sapien of ProPublica, the Pulitzer Prize-winning independent, non-profit investigative news organization, asked the report’s author, Abigail Kramer, about her work, including her views on the latest push to speed the notoriously glacial pace of child protective cases in Family Court.



Report | Education

Segregated Schools in Integrated Neighborhoods: 
The city’s schools are even more divided than our housing

In multi-ethnic New York City, why are so many elementary schools segregated by race and class? For years, school officials and researchers have assumed that school segregation merely reflects segregated housing patterns—because most children attend their zoned neighborhood schools.

However, new research by The New School’s Center for New York City Affairs demonstrates that school segregation is not always the result of housing patterns. In fact, as these interactive maps show, there are dozens of high-poverty elementary schools that serve mostly black and Latino children that are located in far more racially and economically mixed neighborhoods.



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