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New York Class-Action Lawsuit Alleges Kin Caregivers are Denied Rights


New York Class-Action Lawsuit Alleges Kin Caregivers are Denied Rights by Foster Care System

Legal advocates for children in New York City have filed a class-action lawsuit class-action lawsuit against the city and state alleging child welfare officials unjustly prevent relatives from becoming foster parents.

Cash Assistance Window Closing for Some of New York's Former Foster Youth


Cash Assistance Window Closing for Some of New York’s Former Foster Youth

This week, thousands of New York's former foster youth 23 and older will lose eligibility for direct financial assistance.


New York To Tap Federal Funds For Parents and Kids Legal Costs in Child Welfare Cases

New York state officials have released a plan to draw on newly available federal funds for attorneys handling abuse and neglect cases.

New York Governor Signs Legislation Barring Arrest of Children Younger than 12


New York Votes to Raise the Minimum Age of Arrest From Seven to 12, Reform Awaits Cuomo’s Signature

The New York Legislature passed a historic justice reform that bars the arrest and prosecution of children under age 12. The reform awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature.

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‘Unconscionable:’ Suspected Cases of COVID-19 Far More Widespread Than Previously Known in New York’s Youth Prisons, While Vaccinations Lag

New York's juvenile justice system publicly reports low numbers of COVID-19 cases. Unreleased records suggest the virus spread further among youth and staff.


New York To Close Youth Detention Facilities, Over Local Opposition

The minimum-security Red Hook Residential Center for boys in Dutchess County, New York, is now slated for closure. Credit: New York Office of Children and Family Services
Amid a long-running national campaign to keep children out of locked detention centers, the New York state government this week finalized plans to shutter two of its juvenile facilities. 

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As Buffalo Home Visitors Face Layoffs, Early Childhood Advocates Urge Statewide Investment

First-time mom Engracia Sampaio-Dunn was thrilled to learn she could receive weekly home visits to help guide her through her pregnancy and motherhood.

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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.

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New York Officials, Advocates Praise Early Progress For Cuomo’s Youth Justice Overhaul

Nearly a year after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Raise the Age legislation moving 16- and 17-year-olds out of the adult justice system,  state government officials and youth advocates say conditions are significantly improving for teens in trouble with the law.