Sheila Poole

Out of State, Out of Mind


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 Sees Pushback Against Raise the Age Laws


Calls to Roll Back Raise the Age Laws Reach NY Statehouse, But Find Little Traction

Amid an uptick in crime in recent years, some New York lawmakers are calling to roll back Raise the Age laws that keep teens out of adult prisons.

Kathy Hochul, left, will step in to serve as governor of New York now that Andrew Cuomo has resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations.


New York Allows Overnight Respite Care For Children, Despite “Shadow Foster Care” Concerns

The New York state child welfare agency has approved regulations authorizing families in times of crisis to place their children with “host family homes.”

Cuomo Harassment Condemned by Head of New York’s State Agency for Children and Families


Cuomo Harassment Condemned by Head of New York’s State Agency for Children and Families

On Aug. 5, Commissioner Sheila Poole of the Office of Children and Family Services emailed her staff condemning Cuomo’s actions, but stopped short of calling for his resignation.


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. 


As Pandemic Raged, COVID-19 Testing Was Rare In New York’s Youth Lockups

The state conducted 26 COVID tests in 9 juvenile detention facilities in first 6 months of pandemic, according to records obtained by The Imprint.

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    Calls Grow to Eliminate ‘Face Down’ Restraints for Foster Youth After Michigan 16-Year-Old’s Death

    Following the horrific death of a 16-year-old foster youth in a Michigan residential treatment facility – who died of cardiac arrest after staff pinned him on the ground and constricted his breathing – New York advocates are calling for the state to bar face-down restraints in facilities for the highest-needs children, calling the practice “dangerous” and “barbaric.”  

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    ‘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.

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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.