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New York Office of Children and Family Services

Lawsuit Alleges New York Created ‘Extremely Harmful’ Shadow Foster Care System

11/16/2022

Head of New York State’s Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Agency to Step Down

The head of child welfare and juvenile justice in New York state, Commissioner Sheila Poole, will leave her position in December.

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

9/9/2022

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.

Out of State, Out of Mind

4/6/2022

Lawsuit Alleges New York Created ‘Extremely Harmful’ Shadow Foster Care System

Three leading firms that represent children in New York City and Buffalo have filed a lawsuit seeking to halt "extrajudicial" host home programs from operating.

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

11/11/2021

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

9/27/2021

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.

7/19/2021

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

    6/11/2021

    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.

    COVID testing low in New York's youth prisons

    5/27/2021

    ‘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.

    4/9/2021

    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.