‘Once You Sign the Paper, It’s Over:’ Older Foster Youth Plead for Help from New York Governor
When she turned 21 last year, seven years after entering foster care in New York City, Jeanette Rivera suddenly found herself fending for herself — and her three young children. “They didn’t wait to make sure that I was ready to be on my own, they didn’t make sure I had food, that my bills were paid or that I even understood how to pay my portion of my rent,” Rivera said.
New York’s Child Welfare Agency is Looking for Inaugural Parent Advisory Board Members
New York, like every other state, has until 2021 to implement major federal child welfare reforms that incentivize keeping more families together after abuse or neglect claims, and disincentivized the use of group homes and residential care.
New York Foundation Invests in Family First Act Rollout
The Redlich Horwitz Foundation is staffing up a new support center devoted to helping New York transform its child welfare system. New York formally opposed the landmark reform that is encouraging the transformation – the Family First Prevention Services Act, signed by President Trump last year – but it will now be one of the first states with an organization devoted to helping local child welfare agencies meet the new strings attached to federal funds.
New York City Councilman: More Support for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care and Accused Parents
New York City Councilman Stephen Levin (D) is an unlikely foster care system watchdog. His council district encompasses upscale Brooklyn enclaves like Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO – neighborhoods that send relatively few children into foster placements – yet he chairs the council committee with oversight of the city’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), one of the largest local child welfare agencies in the country.
New York “Raised the Age” of Criminal Responsibility this Week. It’s a Major Reform. Is the State Ready?
New York politicians and youth advocates celebrated a major juvenile justice reform this week. The state was one of only two that treated all older teens as adults in the eyes of the law until Monday, when Gov.
In New York, State and City Diverge on Family First Act
One of the most difficult jobs in government is deciding whether or not to take children from parents who have been accused of child abuse, and place them in foster care.
Corporate Investigator Assesses New York City Child Welfare, Cites Need for More Investigators
The white-collar investigative firm Kroll Associates is renowned for high-stakes snooping. Its staff of former prosecutors and FBI agents has uncovered billions in hidden assets belonging to dictators like Saddam Hussein, conducted background checks on candidates for Wall Street’s loftiest executive positions, and even once tracked down eyewitnesses to an international heroin trafficking ring.
New NYC Mayor Steals Carrión, State’s Top Youth Services Leader
New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio recruited Gladys Carrión, the head of the New York Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to serve as commissioner of the city Administration for Children’s Services, the agency that oversees child welfare and juvenile justice.