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Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi Zeroes in on Preventing Childhood Trauma

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi is shifting his focus towards preventing early trauma that can compound into a multitude of lifelong problems.

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New York Advocates Push Back on Governor’s Proposed Cuts to Preventive Services

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed cutting state funding for services to help struggling families stay together and prevent their children from being removed to foster care.

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New York Smooths Path for Young Adults to Re-enter Foster Care

Governor Cuomo at a press conference in November. Photo via Flickr.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a law Tuesday making it easier for former foster youth who have not yet turned 21 to re-enter the city’s care, which can include housing assistance and monthly stipends to cover their basic needs. 

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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 Set Adoptees’ Birth Certificates Free Last Week, Advocates See Path for Other States

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) ended decades of secrecy around adoptions in New York on Thursday, signing a landmark reform bill to allow adult adoptees unrestricted access to their original birth certificates.

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    New York Expands Eligibility for Kin Who Want to Foster Children

    When caseworkers remove children from their homes and place them into foster care, it can be jarring and traumatic. A new law in New York aims to ease the transition by enabling a wider circle of family members and even non-relatives to become the kids’ foster parents.

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    Exclusive: New York City’s Top Juvenile Justice Official Steps Down, Will Replace Jails Critic on Oversight Board

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s point person overseeing the rollout of the juvenile justice reform known as “Raise the Age” will leave his post this month to join the staff of a major foundation.

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    Cuomo’s State Budget Proposal for New York Takes it Easy on Child Welfare

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) released a $175 billion budget proposal last month  for the upcoming fiscal year, followed by changes released earlier this month to address a revenue shortfall of $2.3 billion.