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Close to Home

On March 30, 2012, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law the Close to Home legislation as part of the 2012-2013 New York State Budget. Learn more
DYFJ Youth and Carnegie Hall Musicians in Concert

DYFJ Youth and Carnegie Hall Musicians in Concert

Youth in non-secure detention group homes and musicians from Carnegie Hall Weill Musical Institute (WMI) performed at a concert held at the(ACS) Children’s Center in New York City on Thursday, January 9, 2012. Learn more
ACS Commissioner Richter announced the release of the 2011-2013 Strategic Plan

Health Care Network to Success for Youth in Foster Care

Youth in foster care heard about opportunities in health care at a Network to Success event at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. Learn more
ACS Commissioner Meets With Bronx Foster Parents

ACS Commissioner Meets With Bronx Foster Parents

ACS Commissioner Ronald E. Richter met with foster parents in the Bronx Wednesday, January 11 at Public School 70. The meeting was hosted by Mott Haven Community Partnerships. Learn more
ACS Commissioner Richter announced the release of the 2011-2013 Strategic Plan

ACS Commissioner Richter announced the release of the 2011-2013 Strategic Plan

The Plan is the agency’s blueprint for providing the highest level of service to New York City’s children, youth and families each and every day. Learn more and download the Plan
ACS Receives GLAAD Amplifier Award for Foster Parent Recruitment Advertisement

Buddhist Monks Hold Mindfulness Trainings at DYFJ Centers

World famous Buddhist monk and major advocate for peace visited Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brooklyn to hold mindfulness trainings for residents of the facility. Learn more and watch a video about the event
ACS Receives GLAAD Amplifier Award for Foster Parent Recruitment Advertisement

ACS Receives GLAAD Amplifier Award for Foster Parent Recruitment Advertisement

ACS was presented with a GLAAD Amplifier Award by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for its "Be Their Champion" foster parent recruitment subway ad Learn more
Mayor Bloomberg Announces Judge Ronald E. Richter as Commissioner of the Administration for Children's Services

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Judge Ronald E. Richter as Commissioner of the Administration for Children's Services

Judge Richter brings 20 years of child services experience to the role, including serving as a Deputy Commissioner for ACS. Learn more

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Osei is an active, happy child who loves to laugh. Although non-verbal, he is able to convey how he is feeling through sounds and movements and a smile that rarely leaves his face. Osei is friendly and receptive to voices and sounds. He is very curious and will walk up to and touch unfamiliar objects.
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Community Forums

ACS to Hold Community Forums on Close to Home Proposal
ACS On March 30, 2012, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law the Close to Home legislation as part of the 2012-2013 New York State Budget.

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The Payne Report

Report on the Abduction of Foster Children from Forestdale, Inc.
ACS conducted an investigation following the abduction of children in foster care from Forestdale, Inc. ACS and Forestdale have taken steps to enhance the security and safety of children/youth in foster care during family visits, and ensure that proper visitation policies are followed.

Read the report (PDF)

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Contract Award Recommendations
ACS recently released contract award recommendations to nonprofit child welfare agencies to provide foster care and preventive services to children and families throughout New York City.  Read the lists of recommended awards

Preventive Services Awarded Slots by Borough (PDF) (Updated Sept. 2011)

New Contracts Awarded for Family Assessment Program Intervention
The contracts are for agencies to provide a range of short-term, therapeutic diversionary interventions for adolescents and their families who appear at the Family Assessment Program at ACS seeking to file PINS or “Person in Need of Supervision” petitions in Family Court.  The contracts will start in October 2010. See the list of service providers (PDF)

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Child Safety Materials Available
The ACS Press Office has child safety materials available including the Prevent Child Abuse and Babies Sleep Safest posters and Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse pamphlets. These materials are in English and Spanish with limited availability in Creole, Korean, Russian and Chinese. We encourage child care facilities, child welfare and community organizations to call 212-341-0999 to request copies.

Child CareInformation for Families Impacted by Child Care Service Reductions
In February 2010, notices went out to families whose child care services will be discontinued as a result of inadequate funding. Click here for sample letters and resources available to families impacted by the reduction 
Whats Working

What’s Working Newsletter
"What's Working" is the quarterly newsletter produced by Children's Services Agency Program Assistance (APA) on promising practices and innovative solutions to strengthen results among child welfare providers.
Read Winter 2011 Issue (PDF)

YouthSuccessNYC.org

YouthSuccessNYC.org
A one-stop place where teens leaving or aging out of foster care can learn about real resources to get ready life now and after foster care, and share their experiences with other youths.

ACS Focuses on Reducing Stress for CPS

ACS Focuses on Reducing Stress for CPS
The Project focuses on decreasing stress through enhancing resilience skills and increasing social support for the worker.
Read More (PDF)

ACCESS NYC

ACCESS NYC - Benefit Information. One Place.
Screen your family for over 30 City, State and Federal health and human service benefit programs. In addition to screening, you can learn about the programs, how to apply, where to go, and even print filled in applications. 
Visit ACCESS NYC

For news about ACCESS NYC, read its newsletter (PDF)


ACS Plans for the Future
Detention Reform Action Plan

Youth and Family Justice
These plans highlight both the vision for better coordination of services for youth and more opportunities to leverage resources and systems to benefit young people and their families as well as benefit staff.

Safety Reforms Update

Safeguarding Our Children: Safety reforms Update  (November 2008) 
Read the Update (PDF)

Archives: Sept. 2007 Update (PDF)

Report of the Interagency Task Force on Child Welfare and Safety

Report of the Interagency Task Force on Child Welfare and Safety. Read the report

Rethinking Child Care

Rethinking Child Care
An Integrated Plan for Early Childhood Development in New York City. Read the Plan

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Child Abuse Prevention Month

Become a CPS
  Prevent Child Abuse!

Every child deserves to be safe. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call the State Central Register at
800-342-3720 or call 311 and ask to be connected to the hotline.

DO NOT USE THIS WEBSITE TO REPORT CHILD ABUSE!

TDD: 1-800-638-5163
If a child is in immediate danger, call 911.

More info about child abuse

Mandated Reporters:
1-800-635-1522

Mandated reporters are required by law to report child abuse or neglect.

More info about making a report as a mandated reporter

All calls are confidential

 
     
 

Child Safety Video

Babies Sleep Safest Alone: Public Education Campaign
 
     
 

Safe Haven Law - Abandoned Infant Protection Act
Parents who are unable to care for their newborn infants may anonymously and legally leave their infant at a safe place such as a hospital. Click here for more information, or call: 866-505-SAFE (7233)

 
  ACS Monthly Statistics


Foster Care 13,830

Purchased Preventive 24,015

 
Head Start 18,603
Protective 9,737
Child Care 96,585
Secure Detention 200
Non-Secure Detention 144
 
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