At a city council hearing yesterday, the Correctional Association of New York expressed concern that the Administration for Children’s Services’ (ACS) plans for a new board to oversee the city’s juvenile justice homes would not be independent of ACS. Because the board would report to ACS, Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco, director of the juvenile justice project at [...]
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The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) announced plans last week to create an oversight board to serve as a watchdog for the city’s juvenile detention centers and placement facilities. ACS is accepting applications for this new board of volunteers, which the agency says will include at least one parent of a young person who has [...]
Social Workers at the Kitchen Table: Can Evidence-based Juvenile Justice Services Change Child Welfare?
Patrice Boyce is one of the New York Foundling’s newest therapists and she is struggling. A neatly dressed young woman with wavy hair and a thoughtful manner, she is having trouble staying sympathetic toward a mother on her caseload. Patrice’s job is to keep this woman’s children out of foster care by using a specialized [...]
Last week marked the opening of the first psychiatric residence for juvenile delinquents in the state’s custody. Most of the handful of young people who have moved into the new home in Brooklyn are transferring from juvenile justice facilities upstate. Some have been waiting for weeks or even months to move in, says Michael Pawel, [...]
Over the past two years, the north shore community of Staten Island had more children placed in foster care than any other community district in New York City, according to a Child Welfare Watch analysis of Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) data. In 2010, the neighborhoods of St. George and Stapleton, near the Staten Island [...]
The Bloomberg administration is swiftly moving on its plans to establish several new group homes that will house New Yorkers aged 15 and under who have been sentenced for crimes. The city has chosen 11 nonprofit providers to operate the nonsecure, residential centers, which will open as early as September. This leaves the organizations just [...]
The Administration for Children’s Services’ (ACS) recently released strategic plan places a heavy emphasis on speeding up the pace at which young people move out of foster care and into permanent homes. But some attorneys and parent advocates are urging caution, worried that proposed new financial incentives tied to federal adoption timelines could have unintended [...]
Listen to reps, from the Child Welfare Organizing Project talk about their work helping parents in crisis, as child protective workers decide whether or not to remove their children. [audio:http://blogs.newschool.edu/child-welfare-nyc/files/2012/01/CWWfinalremixmp3.mp3|titles="Community Reps"] You can also download the Podcast here.
“Community reps” from neighborhood partnerships guide parents through their moment of extreme crisis, as child protective services decides whether or not to remove their children. “I’m not ACS. I’m a community representative,” says Ed Parker, as he hands a business card to an anxious mother and her slouching 16-year-old daughter. The mother, her daughter, three [...]
New York State is moving forward with plans to open its first psychiatric residence for kids with mental illness in the juvenile justice system. The planned facility, which will take over the site of a soon-to-close Brooklyn psychiatric hospital, is part of a large-scale reform effort to keep kids close to their homes and in [...]
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- Child Welfare in the Storm: What Happens to Vulnerable Families after a Disaster? November 14, 2012
- A Need for Correction: Reforming New York’s Juvenile Justice System October 20, 2009
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- Preparing New Group Homes for Young Lawbreakers June 1, 2012
- Budget Cuts Proposed for Afterschool and Childcare Programs… Again March 7, 2013
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- Budget Cuts Could Put New Burdens on Family Court January 31, 2013
- The Correctional Association’s Critique of Juvenile Justice Oversight Plan January 25, 2013
- Oversight for New Juvenile Justice Homes January 16, 2013
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