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Child Welfare

New York City Foster Care Rushes to Prepare for Coronavirus

New York City’s foster care system has navigated crises before, especially after 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. But the emergency plans nonprofits created after those disasters didn’t account for pandemics, and the city’s Administration for Children’s […]

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Child Welfare

New York City to Maintain Lower Caseloads for Foster Care Workers After Funding Win in Congress

New York City child welfare commissioner David Hansell suggested yesterday his agency would continue to maintain lower caseloads for foster youth case planners thanks to a federal bill passed by Congress last month. The Family […]

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More Foster Parents, Fewer Foster Youth as New York City Continues to Pursue Reforms

Years before New York State Attorney General Letitia James sued President Donald Trump over his charity’s alleged misdeeds, she was an ambitious New York City watchdog pressuring the city to do more for foster youth. […]

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Child Welfare

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. “We were […]

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Child Welfare

New York City Debates Lawyering Up Parents Early in Child Safety Investigations

The New York City Council is considering a new frontier in establishing rights for parents accused of child abuse and neglect, over objections from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and child protective caseworkers. At a […]

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Child Welfare

Inside Foster Home Recruitment in America’s Biggest Cities

One hot summer day, Vielka Griffith walked down the stairs of her Brooklyn home to find her new foster daughter slumped on the couch. Despite the intense heat, the 15-year-old was wrapped in a terry-cloth […]

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Juvenile Justice

Exclusive: New York City’s Top Juvenile Justice Official Steps Down, Will Replace Jails Critic on Oversight Board

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s point person overseeing the rollout of the juvenile justice reform known as “Raise the Age” will leave his post this month to join the staff of a major […]

Child Welfare

Federal Dollars That Are About to Disappear Helped New York City Get Kids Out of Foster Care Much More Quickly

Enter the terms “languish” and “foster care” into Google, and you get more than 40,000 results. It’s one of the most common critiques of the foster care system: Many youth spend too much time within it, […]

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Child Welfare

New York City Overhauls Short-Term Foster Care Shelter After Judge’s Contempt Order

New York City Council confronted the commissioner who oversees foster care again yesterday over his agency’s temporary intake center for foster youth, after news reports described child neglect and chaos at the facility. David Hansell, […]