Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)

New York City Expands Batterer Intervention Programs


New York City Expands Domestic Violence Intervention Program

New York City expands programs for people who have been abusive within their families, and those they've harmed.

Adjusting to My Adoptive Family


Adjusting to My Adoptive Family

Three years after I moved in, my adoptive parents got divorced. My brain pinpointed me as the problem, writes George Romero.

New York Judge Upholds Christian Adoption Agency’s Right to Send Prospective LGBT Parents Elsewhere


New York Judge Upholds Christian Adoption Agency’s Right to Send Prospective LGBT Parents Elsewhere

This week, a federal judge ruled New York's child welfare agency can't pull an adoption agency's license for referring out potential foster parents who are LGBTQ or unmarried.

Jeanette Vega and Bianca Shaw write New York families should be supported, but not through ACS.


Expand Support for Families, But Not Inside the Child Welfare System

New York City should invest in support for families, but Black and brown parents have opposed programs overseen by the child welfare system.


Despite City’s Urging, Virtual Visits the New Norm for Many New York City Parents with Kids in Foster Care

A New York City mother watched as her toddler waddled away, but she couldn’t reach out to play with her, or scoop her up in her arms.  Her daughter was living in a foster home, and with the coronavirus racing through what has become the U.S.


New York City Tries Financial Mentoring With At-Risk Families — But Leaves Out Cash Incentives

One of the most common criticisms of America’s child welfare system is that it too often ensnares impoverished parents, accusing them of neglect when the true issue is just the circumstances of poverty. 


    Manhattan District Attorney Investing $2 Million to Prevent Youth Sex Trafficking

    Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced that his office will award $2 million over three years to develop an intervention to address youth sex trafficking in New York City. “In case after case, we see traffickers target children and teens, particularly those in our child welfare system or those who have run away from home,” said Vance, in a press release.

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    New York City to Maintain Lower Caseloads for Foster Care Workers After Funding Win in Congress

    New York City child welfare commissioner David Hansell suggested yesterday his agency would continue to maintain lower caseloads for foster youth case planners thanks to a federal bill passed by Congress last month.

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    Her Mom Had an Addiction, Then New York City Child Welfare Intervened

    Written by K.G., an anonymous 17-year-old from New York City. Names have been changed.  I met Ms. Taylor, from New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), in the hospital where my mom was detoxing.