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This series was arranged by The Imprint and the Center for New York City Affairs


Kathryn Garcia

Highlights: Implement a “race-blind” child removal evaluation process; Prioritize those who have experience with foster care for appointments to Family Court and the Administration for Children’s Services; Guarantee foster youth a right to housing through age 25, with rental assistance vouchers


Scott Stringer

Highlights: Dedicate staff at the Department of Education who are focused on foster youth; Reduce child welfare caseloads by hiring more case workers and family court judges; Increase annual spending on childcare to $660 million under his “NYC Under 3” plan

NYC mayoral candidate Shaun Donovan


Shaun Donovan

Highlights: Provide newborns and students with Equity Bonds of $1,000 in principal and annual deposits; Guarantee at least one paid job, apprenticeship or internship opportunity to every high school student; Universal housing vouchers and trained housing navigators, and increase emergency rental and assistance to $500 million

NYC mayoral candidate Maya Wiley


Maya Wiley

Highlights: Invest $5 million in bus service for students in foster care to help increase school stability and make permanent $20 million in baseline funding for the Fair Futures program; Ensure that ACS abides by the terms of a 2012 legal settlement allowing youth older than 21 to stay in foster care if they do not have stable housing; Will explore the possibility of contracting prevention services through Department of Youth and Community Development or Human Resources Administration

NYC mayoral candidate Dianna Morales


Dianne Morales

Highlights: Create a housing-for-all guarantee, including housing stability support through mentorship, guidance and options for healing therapy for youth aging out of the foster care system; Establish universal after-school programs, focused on students with disabilities, in foster care and with limited financial means; Provide universal access to doulas, midwives, physicians and nurses, and free prenatal care

NYC mayoral candidate Ray McGuire


Ray McGuire

Highlights: Implement a “race-blind” child removal evaluation process; Recruit more peer advocates for parents facing child welfare investigations, and hold “reunification day” celebrations for parents whose children come home from foster care; Permanently remove requirement for foster youth to petition a judge to remain care past 21