The New School Center for NYC Affairs: Child Welfare Surge Continues

“[Emergency removals] are the most traumatic for children,” says Emma Ketteringham, Managing Director of our Family Defense Practice. “They’re often done in the middle of the night, without preparation. You find out five minutes before that your child is going to be removed.”

Administration for Children’s Services data shows a sharp increase in what are called “emergency removals.” These removals are the most extreme choice the child protective agency can make — removing a child from their home before the case ever appears before a Family Court judge.

Families are being separated not only at the border, but right here in the Bronx.

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