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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.

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‘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 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 Kathy Hochul vetoed a bill that would have allowed parents whose rights have been revoked to stay in their kids' lives, even when adoptive parents object.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. 

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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.

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How Emergency Grants are Filling Gaps in Cuomo’s Free College Plan

Despite Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s sharp disagreements in 2016, they found common ground a year later on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “free college” plan. “It’s going to reverberate not only throughout the state of New York, but throughout this country,” Sanders told students and public officials attending the early 2017 announcement of Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarships, which guarantee tuition-free college for families making up to $125,000.

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    De Blasio’s Foster Care System Looks Ahead in the Wake of Spats with Letitia James

    Like most foster care systems, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s in New York City is plagued by grim outcomes for foster youth: Many develop mental health conditions, only about half finish high school, and one in five enter a homeless shelter within three years of leaving care.