FY 2018 Foster Care Strategic Blueprint Status Report [New York City].
New York (N.Y.). Administration for Children’s Services.
Annual Report State Resource Technical Report
New York City Administration for Children's Services
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This report reviews the progress made on the New York City Administration for Children’s Services’ (ACS) Foster Care Strategic Blueprint in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 to improve outcomes for children and families in the foster care system. The blueprint identifies key priorities and strategies for improving case practice and results across the foster care system. The FY 2018 progress evaluation indicates: the total number of children in foster care for two years or more is down 38% from 8,140 in FY 2014 to 5,003 in FY 2018; the total number of days all children spent in foster care declined by 19% during the same time period, from 4,817,309 in FY 2014 to 3,923,854 in FY 2018; the proportion of children in foster care placed with kin rose from 32% to 36% by the end of FY 2018 and is up even further to 38% in the first quarter of FY 2019; from FY 2017 to FY 2018, the number of newly certified foster parents increased by 32%, turning around a previous six-year decline in the number of new foster homes recruited; 901 children were adopted in FY 2018; in FY 2018, ACS launched the new YV Lifeset program that helps youth successfully transition to adulthood; and ACS released the first annual Youth Experience Survey which provided an invaluable source of input from older youth in foster care. Additional progress in the areas of improving reunification outcomes, enhancing work with children and families through the Strong Families and Home Away From Home programs, and strengthening foster care agency case practice is highlighted.
New York City; foster care drift; child welfare reform; permanency; kinship care; caseload; evidence based practice; independent living skills; foster children; child welfare training