Kicking the Habit

Four out of five kids in foster care have a parent with a drug problem. There is an alternative: a once-controversial program that keeps mothers and children together during treatment. But how far can New York City expand the work Mayor Giuliani tried to destroy?

Why Minds Matter

Fear, depression, anxiety and rage: September 11 taught us these are a natural–and treatable–response to trauma. So why do the teens who were living in pain before then still have no one to talk to?

Hosed in Housing Court

A major restructuring of Housing Court was supposed to be good for both landlords and tenants. Guess who won and who lost.

Second Chance Encounter

Kids who steal and deal don’t just go to juvey jail–they’re also likely to return to prison soon after they’re released.Now, bucking get-tough wisdom, New York State is trying to pave a permanent path home.

Driven Out

Before September 11, the city’s 11,000 black car drivers drew nearly all of their work from downtown financial companies. With parts of the financial district still closed to traffic a few weeks after the towers fell, however, business has been cut in half.

Making Change: Care Today, Gone Tomorrow

Caseworkers who can withstand the low pay and high strain of foster care jobs are in short supply. Their bosses can’t afford pay increases, so they’re offering something cheaper: counseling for the counselors.


Just as the Board of Education prepares to quadruple the Truancy Reduction Alliance to Contact Kids, or TRACK program, some students and teachers say changes are desperately needed before the expansion kicks in.