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Child Welfare

New York City Scrambles for Staffing, Beds for Foster Youth Amid Pandemic

Panicked over looming staff shortages in foster care group homes, New York City nonprofit leaders spent the week pressuring Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Administration for help. Now, as coronavirus spreads to nearly 5,000 residents, the […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Child Welfare

New York City Chips In $10 Million to Pair Older Foster Youth with Life Coaches Through Age 26

A foundation-funded advocacy push to provide full-time life coaches to New York City foster youth has secured an initial investment in next year’s budget, City Hall sources have confirmed to The Chronicle of Social Change. […]

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Child Welfare

New York City’s Patchwork System for Homeless Youth Heavy on Crisis Response, Weak on Prevention and Coordination

A team from the University of Chicago think-tank Chapin Hall is about to publish one of the first comprehensive surveys of a hard-to-track segment of homeless New Yorkers: Youth and young adults on the streets […]

Child Welfare

Hearings: Emergency Removals to Foster Care Have Surged in New York. Here’s One Case.

Emergency removals of children from their parents by the child welfare system have increased in New York City. According to Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), New York City’s child welfare agency, nearly half of all cases […]

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Child Welfare

To Eliminate Racial Bias, Child Welfare Breakthrough Tells us to Try Colorblindness

This story was published in partnership with the magazine Washington Monthly.   A few times a month, in an unmarked white office building on Long Island, a group of Nassau County government employees discuss which children […]