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New York City Mayor Announces Major Expansion of Foster Care Early Prevention Program

New York City will expand an experimental approach to preventing child abuse and neglect, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday, describing it as key to the city’s COVID-19 recovery and his broader efforts to address racial equity before the end of his term early next year.

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Homeless Youth Found Infected in New York as Providers Clamor for Help

A young person tested positive for the fast-spreading coronavirus at a New York runaway and homeless youth shelter today, the same day program directors implored city leaders to pay attention to the dire situation for youth living on the streets.

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New York City Council Pushes De Blasio Admin: What’s the Plan for Troubled Youth Detention Centers?

New York City Council confronted Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration today on a steady increase in the use of force in two youth detention facilities. “We all agree there’s a problem, the numbers lay that out,” said Manhattan Councilman Keith Powers (D), chair of the Criminal Justice Committee, to a group of administration officials who appeared to testify.

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More Services Or Better Legal Support For Accused Parents? New York Officials and Advocates Divided on What’s Best

A statehouse hearing on child welfare last week began with Brooklyn Assembly member Latrice Walker (D) comparing the Trump administration’s family separation policies at the nation’s border to New York’s foster care practices.


New York City Confronts Massive Overrepresentation of Black Children in Foster Care

New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio is big on fairness. In an address last year, he laid out ambitious plans to make New York “the fairest big city in America.”

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PHOTO GALLERY: Look at This Amazing Artwork from an Innovative New York City Probation Program that Just Got a Gold Star from Researchers

New York City’s probation department and Carnegie Hall are touting a new report describing their arts initiative for youth as a “highly transformative,” model program. Over 2,300 young people from underserved city neighborhoods, about half of them on probation, have participated in filmmaking, painting, magazine production, and spoken word, music, or dance performance projects through the program, called NeON Arts, which launched in 2013.

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    Bill De Blasio’s Foster Care System Lashed Again By Outside Watchdog

    The New York City child welfare agency failed to hold accountable foster care nonprofits falling short of benchmarks for child safety, claims a new report from a government investigator. The city’s Department of Investigations found that over a two-year period around 1,000 kids experienced neglect and just over 100 were abused while in the care of the 22 nonprofits with contracts to place children with foster families.

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    New York City Official Demands a Plan After Child Known to Child Welfare Agency Dies

    A prominent New York City official fired off a scathing letter last week to the Administration of Children’s Services (ACS) Commissioner David Hansell, alleging that his agency had failed to enact urgent reforms.

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    New York City Detention Staff Shortage Threatens Raise the Age Timeline

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is facing a major challenge to his overhaul of the city’s juvenile justice system. As he prepares to move dozens of teen inmates out of the infamous adult prison on Rikers Island, he’s rushing to recruit hundreds of new juvenile counselors to address understaffing while fighting a lawsuit from the corrections officers asked to temporarily fill in.