Marianne Merritt Talbot is CWOP's Interim Executive Director. Marianne has been an attorney and social justice advocate for over 20 years. Read more.
Teach-Ins: Teach-Ins/workshops for parents in the citywide community who have been affected by the child protection system.
Outreach Education:Parent organizers go onto the streets to inform families of their rights.
CWOP is a tireless defender of the rights of children and families in New York City. Through organized involvement and collective advocacy, we are transforming the services provided to our city's families through the New York City child protection system.
CWOP increases meaningful community involvement in child welfare services and policy planning. Join us for our Parent Self-Help, Healing and Support Group sessions each Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Join us to organize and advocate for children and families.
For more than 20 years, CWOP has devoted its energy and expertise to organize and advocate for NYC children and families who are affected by the child protection system. Founded in 1994 with a grant from the Child Welfare Fund to the Hunter College School of Social Work, CWOP’s research concluded that parents had practically no voice in NYC’s child welfare system. 20 years later, fewer children are in foster care and parents who have personal experience with the system serve as advisors to public officials, lecture at schools of law and social work, write for publications, and work as peer advocates for the public child welfare system. Progress is being made – still, there is much to do until all families in crisis are treated with respect and provided with information and supports that keep them intact.
Please join us in our work and support our mission.
We are grateful to our past and present supporters and generous individual donors. Past and present foundation support has included the Child Welfare Fund, Daphne Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, JP Morgan Ira W. DeCamp Foundation, Edgebrook Foundation, Maidenstone Cross-Mentoring Initiative, Dr. Chakko Kuruvila Memorial Fund via Tides Foundation, Casey Family Programs, Northstar Fund, and the Pinkerton Foundation.
TRAIN TO BECOME A PARENT ADVOCATE
Parents who are affected by the city's child protection system can become powerful advocates for themselves and other parents in need. Training to become a CWOP Parent Advocate is empowering, educational and can bring important change to your family and your community. It can also lead to employment at various city agencies and organizations.
CHILD WELFARE ORGANIZING PROJECT
Our families. Our children. Our city. It's time for change.