Foster Care Strategic Blueprint Progress Report: FY 2020 [New York City].
New York (N.Y.). Administration for Children’s Services.
Technical Report State Resource
Published: January 2021
New York City Administration for Children's Services
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New York, NY 10038
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This annual report discusses the progress made on New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) Foster Care Strategic Blueprint for strengthening case practice and improving safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children and families involved in the foster care system. This report summarizes work done during Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 and how operations have navigated the COVID-19 pandemic. It notes that despite the unprecedented challenges of the past year, progress has been made in the following key areas: the number of New York City children in foster care at the end of FY 2020 reached a historic low of 7,800, which is a 6% decrease from FY 2019; the number of children in foster care for two years or more has continued to decrease, dropping by 3% from FY 2019 to FY 2020, and by 25% from FY 2017 to FY 2020; ACS and its foster care agency partners have increased the proportion of children in foster care placed with kin from 31% in FY 2017 to 42% in FY 2020; and in FY 2020, ACS launched the Fair Futures initiative through a public private partnership with a group of committed foundations, to provide youth in foster care with dedicated coaches that provide social and emotional support to build life skills, set academic and career goals, facilitate connections to programs/services that support goal attainment, and plan for successful transitions from foster care. Progress made on the No Time to Wait Initiative is discussed, as well as progress on the implementation of Strong Families NYC models, system reforms and initiatives for improving foster care placements to enhance the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, improving education and employment outcomes, addressing equity, addressing recommendations from the Interagency Foster Care Task Force, and strengthening foster care agency case practice.
New York City; foster care drift; child welfare reform; permanency; kinship care; caseload; evidence based practice; independent living skills; foster children; child welfare training