The Chronicle of Social Change: New York City Council Confronts Child Welfare Agency Over Emergency Parent-Child Separations

Between Oct 2016-May 2018, ACS reported a 30% increase in “emergency removals,” removing a child before the case has appeared before a judge. Our Managing Director of the Family Defense Practice Emma Ketteringham testified before the New York City Council on the impact of this alarming trend.

“Parent advocates like Coles and Emma Ketteringham of the legal aid nonprofit Bronx Defenders have expressed alarm about the recent increase in emergency removals in public comments and in private with ACS officials.”

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