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, [...]
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 [...]
Christopher Guzman, 22, is one of 200 residents in a new supportive housing program for young adults leaving foster care with no place to go. Watch a tour of Guzman’s new home and hear, in his own words, about his life in transition.
Child Welfare Watch Volumes 19 & 20, Winter 2010/2011 (PDF) Last year, more than 1,100 New Yorkers aged 18 or older left the city’s foster care system. A few were enrolled in college. Others found steady jobs and affordable places to live. But many more were on the insecure fringes of the economy, without stable [...]
Child Welfare Watch Vol. 18, Fall 2009 (PDF) Half the children housed in New York State’s juvenile correctional facilities suffer from mental illness, yet there is not one psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse on the staff of the state Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), which runs the facilities. That’s one of the findings of [...]
Child Welfare Watch, Vol. 17, Spring 2009 (PDF) The Center for New York City Affairs and the Center for an Urban Future today issued a joint report documenting the issues facing poor and working class parents with mental illness and their children. Child Welfare Watch, Vol. 17, “Hard Choices: Caring for the children of mentally [...]
Child Welfare Watch Vol. 16, Summer 2008 (PDF) The Center for New York City Affairs at The New School and the Center for an Urban Future today issued a joint report on child welfare documenting the city’s increased reliance on foster families to care for children with emotional and mental health issues. Child Welfare Watch, [...]
Child Welfare Watch Vol. 13, Winter 2006/2007 (PDF) There are hundreds of New York City children with developmental disabilities in foster care, and thousands more in families investigated each year by child protective services following reports of suspected abuse or neglect. But because of decades of conflict between the city and state government, many of [...]
Child Welfare Watch Vol. 11, Summer 2005 (PDF) This issue of Child Welfare Watch highlights some of the new initiatives that are improving parental visits for children in foster care, providing homes where families can reunify after children have been removed from the home, and creating much-needed pilot mental health clinics in foster care agencies. [...]
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