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Eric Brettschneider's interests center on child welfare, community building, and social welfare policy. He is a former city and state social service official who created the Child Protective Training Academy, advocated for the avoidance of sibling separation in foster care, and was instrumental in starting minority-controlled child welfare agencies. He served as executive director of Agenda for Children Tomorrow for 18 years, and is currently the interim senior vice president at the United Way of New York City. His publications include contributions to Making a Leadership Change (1988) and the textbook Education and Psychology (WMC Brown Company Publishers, 1977), as well as "Bottom Up Planning in a Top Down World" in Devolution (Fordham University Press, 2001). He is a member of the New York State Governor's Children's Cabinet Advisory Committee; cochair of the Citizen Review Panel for New York City; chair esperanza of the board of New Yorkers for Children; a trustee of the Viola Bernard Foundation; a trustee on the board of The Fostering Connection; and founding president of Jumpstart, New York. Brettschneider serves on the Chief Administrative Judge's Task Force on Interpreters in the Courts. He is the recipient of Harvard Law School's Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship and NYU's Outstanding Teaching Award.
Teaching and Research Interests
community building, advocacy, child welfare, the law and social welfare, parent involvement, and service integration
B.A. Psychology, Colgate University, 1968 M.A. Psychology, New School for Social Research, 1971 J.D., Hofstra University, 1979
Professor Brettschneider is Acting Commissioner for the NYC Administration for Children's Services. In September 2015, he was named first deputy commissioner NYC's Administration for Children’s Services.
In March 2015, Professor Brettschneider was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award by Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane Law School Public Justice Foundation.