Ties That Bind: Reimagining juvenile justice and child welfare for teens, families and communities

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

A Child Welfare Watch forum presented by the Center for New York City Affairs

The Bloomberg administration is seeking major changes in how the city works with teens in juvenile justice, child protection and foster care. The city would create a complete juvenile justice system in the five boroughs, no longer sending teens to state-run correctional facilities. At the same time, nonprofits would create more intensive, family-centered and community-rooted services for teens in child welfare. Can the city steer more young people away from both foster care and juvenile justice--and work with more parents and teens to help them stay together?

Plus: a discussion of the latest edition of Child Welfare Watch, "One Step Back: The delayed dream of community partnerships," which looks at the partnerships' strengths and limitations, and the challenges of realizing the vision of a system more accountable to communities.

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  • Ron Richter, Commissioner, New York City Administration for Children's Services 
  • Gabrielle Prisco, Director of the Juvenile Justice Project, the Correctional Association of New York 
  • Mike Arsham, Executive Director, Child Welfare Organizing Project 
  • Andrew White, Director, Center for New York City Affairs 
  • and others 

The Child Welfare Watch project and this event are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Child Welfare Fund, the Ira W. DeCamp Foundation, the Viola W. Bernard Foundation, the Sirus Fund and the Milano Foundation.


Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

Free; seating is limited; reservations required by emailing


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