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Preserving Family Bonds

Children deserve more love in their lives, not less.

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Preserving Family Bonds

The Preserving Family Bonds Act is a bill written by and for young people, parents, and families who have been separated from each other and whose familial bonds have not been protected by current laws in New York State.

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We are rarely told of the ways the "child welfare" system harms children.

Most children in the foster system were not separated from their parents because of abuse, but because 

Poverty is mistaken for neglect. 

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WHAT IS THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS?

If a child is in the foster system for 15 of the previous 22 months, the system will move to terminate a parent’s rightsTermination of Parental Rights allows for children to be adopted with the consent of their parents and can make it impossible for children to stay in contact with their parents.

Under current law, once parental rights are terminated, a judge cannot order contact between a child and their biological parent - even if this is in the child's best interests. 

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Under existing laws, parents threatened with termination of parental rights have two choices:

Option 1: Go to trial to fight the termination.

With knowledge that if they lose, the state will terminate their parental rights. This would allow their child to be adopted without their consent and make it nearly impossible for them to see their child.

Option 2: Give up their rights.

In doing so, parents allow their child to be adopted in exchange for the opportunity to negotiate court-ordered visits with their child. .

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Many parents with excellent legal arguments against the termination of their rights will voluntarily give up their rights because the only alternative is to risk the permanent loss of a relationship with their child.  

THIS THREAT COERCES PARENTS INTO GIVING UP THEIR RIGHTS.

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Children and parents experience immeasurable pain and trauma upon separation and termination of parental rights.

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QUOTE ABOUT SYSTEM WORKING AGAINST PARENTS

Read the full letter.

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Listen to

D'Juan's Story

"When they terminated my parental rights, it felt like they were taking away my soul." 

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QUOTE ABOUT IMPACT ON CHILDREN

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Listen to

D'Juan's Story

"When they terminated my parental rights, it felt like they were taking away my soul." 

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A CHILD'S BEST INTERESTS SHOULD ALWAYS BE AT THE HEART OF THE DECISION TO KEEP A FAMILY TOGETHER.

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Letters of Support from Children

Letters of Support from Parents

Letters of Support from Organizations