Public Engagement

General Public

Lack of Services for Families with Disabilities

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

This panel, organized by Joyce McMillan from the Child Welfare Organizing Project, will discuss the New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) current lawsuit in federal court for failing to provide adequate services to parents with intellectual disabilities. Nationwide, parents with disabilities are more likely to have their children removed by child welfare agencies than parents without disabilities. Rather than being referred to resources that could support them in their parenting, parents with disabilities are too often separated from their children based on assumptions about what they can and cannot do. This panel will discuss these trends and the kinds of supports and services ACS could provide to strengthen families and keep them together.

Moderator: Emma Baber-Kessler, LCSW, Sinergia


  • Donald Lash, Executive Director Sinergia, Author "When the Welfare People Come"

  • Lauren Shapiro, Director of Brooklyn Defender Services, Family Defense Practice

  • Thalia Julme, Staff Attorney at New York Legal Assistance Group

Presented by the Center for New York City Affairs.  

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By Train:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.

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