Reimagining Child Welfare: Strengthening New York Families and Promoting Pandemic Recovery


January 28, 2022

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated disparities faced by families with children across New York State and front line preventive service providers who have been working to address dramatically heightened economic, housing, behavioral health, and child care needs over the course of the last two years.  As we look ahead in 2022, the time is now to call attention to action that state and local leaders must take to strengthen families and help children thrive.

During this conversation, CCC and COFCCA will showcase statewide findings of child welfare prevention agencies including top needs children/families presented and challenges service providers faced during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be followed by an overview of policy and budget priorities that must be enacted to advance an equitable pandemic recovery.

We’ll be joined by guest speaker Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi who will highlight the opportunity to improve child and family wellbeing by passing The Children and Families Reinvestment Act.

Speakers Include

Sophine Charles, PhD. Associate Executive Director, Downstate at COFCCA

Jack Mullan, Research Associate at Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York

Andrew Hevesi, New York State Assemblymember

Caitlyn Passaretti, Policy and Advocacy Associate at Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York