‘In 2018, the number of children in foster care in New York City fell another 6 percent, while nationally the number of young people in foster care has steadily increased over the last few years.’
When facing the possible loss of their children, New York state parents have the right to a lawyer only when a case moves to court. Even then some counties fail to provide them. And many key decisions are made before a case ever gets to a judge.
The number of foster-care cases in New York City has dropped substantially over recent years. But what has risen over the same period is the number of children who suffer abuse while in foster care.
ACS says it has a plan to deal with the rising incidence of abuse incidents involving kids in foster care. But making it work could prove to be a challenge.
‘At a time when the number of children in foster care continues to grow in the rest of the country, New York is a model for keeping children safe.’ Will the money to support that work be withdrawn?
A new report says preliminary indications are the move by the Administration for Children’s Services to use so-called evidence-based services in its prevention programs is paying off.
Every year about 1,200 New York City youth age out of foster care. Among many challenges they face is developing good eating habits and finding and affording the nutritious food needed to practice them.
The secretary of homeland security has said the administration might start separating kids from parents at the border and putting those children in foster-care. A New York City child-welfare expert weighs in.
A model for preventing the neglect and abuse that leads to ACS investigations does exist. But adequate funding doesn’t.
Nine additional judgeships were added to the New York City Family Court system in 2015, the first increase since 1990—a period over which caseloads swelled by 23 percent.