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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.
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.