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Fall 2019

Family Law and Policy Fellow Caitlyn Garcia ’20 Wins Essay Contest

CAITLYN GARCIA ’20, a Marsha Garrison Family Law and Policy Fellow, won second prize in the prestigious Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest for her paper “Replacing Foster Care with Family Care: The Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018.” This highly competitive award is sponsored by the ABA Section of Family Law, and her work can be found on the ABA’s website.

The paper is a critique of the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018, which provides federal funding to families at risk of entering the child welfare system. Garcia argues that the law fails to provide effective services for at-risk families, many of which are housing insecure, and calls for more funding, earlier intervention, more inclusive services, and daycare.

A Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest (BLSPI) Fellow, BLSPI cochair, and notes & comments editor for the Journal of Law and Policy, Garcia serves as a research assistant to Professor Cynthia Godsoe, who, along with Professor Marsha Garrison, advised her throughout her writing process. Garcia was an intern at Brooklyn Defender Services–Family Defense Practice, and will return there in spring 2020 as a Pro Bono Scholar.