New York State
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 High Court Favors Out-of-State Parents Seeking Custody of Foster Children
This week, the New York’s highest court struck down regulatory hurdles that kept foster youth separated from out-of-state parents.
Upstream City: Narrowing Mandated Reporting Laws that Fuel Hyper-Surveillance
It’s time for New York city and state to use every tool available to replace mandated reporting with community support, writes Nora McCarthy.
Finally, More Judges Headed to ‘Desperately Overstretched’ New York Family Courts
New York lawmakers have agreed to add six judges to the Family Court bench along with 14 new Supreme Court justices spread across the state.
New York Lawmakers Reject Parents’ Rights Bills
New York lawmakers did not pass three proposed laws that would have expanded the due process rights of parents in the child welfare system.
‘Weaponizing’ Calls to CPS Hotline: New York Legislation Would Deter False Reports
New York lawmakers are deciding whether to pass legislation that would reduce false allegations made to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.
New York Governor Gives Adoptive Parents ‘Full Rights’ to Decide if Children May Have Contact with Birth Parents
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul vetoed a bill that would have allowed parents whose rights have been revoked to stay in their kids' lives, even when adoptive parents object.
In Upstate New York, Child Welfare Agencies Chart a Cautious Course Toward In-Person Services
After nearly two months of shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, much of New York state began reopening in the last week, with the exception of hard-hit New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson counties.
Teen Arrests Are Falling Sharply Across New York This Year, After Cuomo’s Justice Reform
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Raise the Age (RTA) reform law was intended to overhaul the justice system for 16- and 17-year-olds charged with crimes — mandating a new, rehabilitation-focused network of detention facilities, court rooms and punishments for teens who are arrested.