CCC Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare
Meryleen Mena, Ph.D, CCC’s Policy & Advocacy Analyst, testified October 31, 2019 in front of the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare’s oversight hearing regarding the Administration for Children’s Services.
Her testimony focused largely on the proposed City Council bill Int. 1728, which would require ACS to provide access to legal services for parents during an investigation.
“Allegations of abuse and neglect are serious and child safety is the agency’s first responsibility. At the same time, parents’ rights are critical and must be protected as an additional measure for child and family stability and well-being. Child protective services investigations can have long-term consequences for a parent or caregiver and their child or children. For these reasons CCC supports parents’ rights to legal representation,” said Meryleen.