Children need safe, nurturing and permanent families. The Schuyler Center promotes policies that advance or maintain effective, high-quality systems that serve at-risk families, prevent entry into the child welfare system, and improve child well-being for children who are in care. We advocate for accountability of public systems, including better data regarding child outcomes and expenditures of funds.

Policy Focus:
  • Align state financing with desired child and family outcomes;
  • Ensure that all children are safe from abuse or neglect;
  • Fund preventive and treatment services that support families, so parents can protect and care for their children;
  • Improve access to health, mental health and other care for children and youth in out-of-home placements;
  • Increase access to higher education for former foster youth;
  • Help children return to their own families or move to permanent ones as quickly as safely possible;
  • Facilitate data collection and reporting on expenditures and results.

Resources:

 
 
Letter to Governor Cuomo from the CHAMPS-NY Campaign and Lawyers For Children, Inc., urging Governor to sign S.8834/A.10581, which would authorize children who have “aged out” of foster care to return to care without waiting for court approval during the COVID-19 state of emergency, August 25, 2020
 
New York State Child Welfare Coalition Statement in Support of Legislation A.10513 (Hevesi)/S.8421 (Persaud) to amend the social services law, in relation to reporting data on child welfare preventive services, August 17, 2020
 
 
Press Release:  CHAMPS-NY Press Conference.  Aging Out of Foster Care in the Midst of a Pandemic, July 2, 2020
 
The Chronicle of Social Change: ‘Once You Sign the Paper, It’s Over:’ Older Foster Youth Plead for Help from New York Governor. May 29, 2020
 
Press Release:  CHAMPS-NY Press Conference.  Aging Out of Foster Care in the Midst of a Pandemic. May 28, 2020
 
The Chronicle of Social Change: In New York, No Help Coming From State for Aging-Out Foster Youth. May 19, 2020
 
 
Daily Gazette Editorial: Don’t neglect foster care in state budget. March 29, 2020
 

Times Union Opinion: Commentary: State must work harder to place foster children with family, by Miranda Winstead, March 4, 2020

CHAMPS Foster Care Fact Sheet, January 2020

Strengthening New York’s Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program to Better Support Permanency for More Young People in Foster Care, January 2020

Testimony before Assembly Committee on Children and Families and Assembly Task Force on Women’s Issues on family involvement in the child welfare and Family Court systems. Presented by Dede Hill, Policy Director, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, November 21, 2019

CHAMPS 2020 Policy Priorities, November 2019

Memo of Support S.4339 Salazar/A.4258 Hevesi, April 2019

Press Release: NY: Family First Transition Fund Included in FY 2020 Final Budget. March 31, 2019

Schuyler Center Public Comments on the Proposed Expansion of Public Charge, December 10, 2018

Schuyler Center Public Comments on the Detention of Immigrant Children, November 6, 2018

Improving New York Child Welfare Outcomes by Strengthening Family Economic Security, December 2018

Schuyler Center Public Comments Regarding Proposed Federal Rule on the Apprehension, Processing, Care and Custody of Immigrant Children, November 2018

The Federal Family First Prevention Services Act Relating To Child Welfare Financing, June 2018

Supporting New York Children Impacted by Parental Detention or Deportation



Federal Analysis Shows that New York State is Failing to Keep Children Safe or to Find Permanent Homes for Children in Foster Care within a Reasonable Time 
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Every three years the federal Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families’ Children’s Bureau conducts an assessment of states’ performance on child welfare outcomes. The review, called the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR), assesses states’ performance in areas related to child welfare. Here, we focus on the Review’s evaluation of New York State’s performance on the following measures: safety of children involved in the child welfare system; speed with which children are placed in a permanent home and remain there; and the number of times children are moved while in care. Each of these measures is compared to a national standard.

According to its 2015 review, New York ranks near the bottom nationally on safety and permanency measures, indicating that children in New York are more likely to experience a recurrence of maltreatment than children in other states, and are less likely to be placed quickly in permanent homes. New York scores well nationally on one measure:  placement stability. This indicates that children in its foster care system are moved less frequently while in care than children in other states.

County-level data for New York State.
Current (Round Three) CFSR data for all states.
For more information about the Review process and how stakeholders can participate in the process, please read our publication Child & Family Services Review: An Opportunity to Work Together to Improve the Safety and Well-Being of Children Involved in New York’s Child Welfare System.


 

Supporting New York Children Impacted by Parental Detention or Deportation, November 2017

Child Welfare Call to Action, joined by more than 30 organizations, February 2017.

Invest in Kinship Services and the Kinship Navigator, 2017-18 Policy Position, January 2017.

Schuyler Center Child Welfare Policies Priorities 2017-18

New York State Child Welfare Data Snapshot (statewide), December 2016

 Hopeful Futures for New York’s Children, Advancing Child Welfare,  January 2016

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Hopeful Futures for New York’s Children.

Federal Analysis Shows that New York State is Failing to Keep Children Safe or to Find Permanent Homes for Children in Foster Care within a Reasonable Time, April 2016

Child Welfare Policy Priorities 2016-17

Strengthening Families, Preventing Entry into Foster Care and Improving Outcomes for Children and Youth.  January 2016

Testimony submitted to the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2016-17 Executive Budget Human Services Budget Hearing, submitted by Kate Breslin, President and CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, February 9, 2016.

Child Welfare: Foster College Success, March 2016

Invest in Kinship Services and the Kinship Navigator and Enhance the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program, February 2016

Primary Prevention: Targeted, Community-Based Family Strengthening Services, February 2016

Strengthen the Housing Subsidy for Foster Families and Youth, February 2016

The Schuyler Center joins 60 organizations in an open letter to NY’s Governor and Legislature: Raise the Age Now, June 15, 2015

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