New York Advisory Committee

to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights


Public Meeting Announcement

New York Child Welfare System and its Impact on Black Children and Families

Briefing Series

The New York Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is hosting a series of public briefings to examine the extent to which racial disproportionalities and disparities exist in the New York child welfare system and its impact specifically on Black children and families. After receiving testimony through a series of briefings. The Committee intends to provide the Commission with their findings and recommendations on this topic. 

Business Meeting and Briefing I

Friday, November 18, 2022

1:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Phone Access (Audio Only)

Dial 1-833-568-8864 USA Toll-Free

Meeting ID: 160 234 3571


Joyce McMillan, Founder and Executive Director, JMACforFamilies

Eric Brettschneider, Senior Fellow at CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance; Retired First Deputy Commissioner of NYC ACS; former Chief of Staff New York State Office of Children and Family Services

The Committee is in the process of organizing its briefings and is seeking testimony from community members (impacted individuals) and advocates, researchers and academics, and policy and governance individuals in order to understand the child welfare system from different perspectives and develop impactful policy recommendations. The Committee will discuss Committee Business from 1:00 – 1:30 P.M. Invited panelist remarks and Committee Q&A will occur from 1:30 – 2:30 P.M. Members of the public are encouraged to share their experiences and perspectives regarding the child welfare system in New York and will be invited to speak during an open comment period from 2:30 – 3:00 P.M. All remarks by panelists and members of the public are recorded and transcribed for potential inclusion in the Committee’s report to the Commission.

As the time available for each briefing is limited, any individuals who do not receive the opportunity to share remarks during a briefing are encouraged to submit remarks by email to within 30 days of the briefing for inclusion in the public record. All remarks received will be shared with the Committee. Meeting materials will be publicly available in the New York Advisory Committee Public Folder.

Committee Chair Bryanne Hamill said, “As we undertake this bipartisan fact-finding study, it will be critical to our findings and recommendations to the Commission that we hear from children and families impacted by the New York State child welfare system as well as diverse perspectives that include advocates, academics, government officials, and community leaders, among others, to help us identify critical causes of racial disparities and harm to our Black communities as well as promising strategies for successful reform.”

Individuals requiring accommodations should contact at least 10 business days prior to the briefing. The Committee is advisory in nature only and does not have enforcement authority and cannot address individual complaints. Additional briefings in this series will be announced in the Federal Register and at

For questions, please contact:

Sarah Villanueva, Support Specialist

(206) 800-4892

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