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Foster Care Strategic Blueprint

ACS is aggressively implementing a strategic foster care blueprint to improve outcomes for children in foster care.

The ACS Foster Care Strategic Blueprint identifies key priorities and strategies for improving case practice and results across the foster care continuum—from family reunification to kinship placement to adoption to supporting older youth in care.

Guiding these are several larger-system priorities including strengthening collaboration and integration of services; creating greater support to foster care agencies, and delivering interventions designed to help children, parents, and families cope with trauma.

Read the Foster Care Strategic Blueprint

Read the June 2016 Foster Care Strategic Blueprint Implementation Update

RELEASED FEB. 2017: Read the 2016 Year-End Foster Care Strategic Blueprint Report

RELEASED DECEMBER 2017: Read the FY 2017 Foster Care Strategic Blueprint Status Report

Key progress highlighted in the Blueprint report for FY2017 includes:

  • Declining Foster Care Census: ACS has dramatically reduced the number of children in foster care. Currently, there are fewer than 9,000 children in foster care in New York City.
  • Safe Reunification with Family: The majority of children who enter foster care return home to their families. More than 2,000 children were reunified in FY2017.
  • Increases in Kinship Guardianship: The movement of children to permanent family settings through kinship guardianship (KinGAP) increased by 10.2 percent from 343 children in FY2016 to 378 in FY2017.
  • Fewer Children Returning to Foster Care: The rate of children re-entering foster care after reunification or kinship guardianship has declined substantially from 9.1 percent in FY2015 to 7.8 percent in FY2016 to 6.3 percent in FY2017.
  • Historically Low Foster Care Caseloads: Consistent with best practice standards, family foster care caseloads carried by agency case planners average 10-12 children and the majority of case planners have caseloads under 12.
  • Evidence-Based Services: ACS is bringing to scale the evidence-based initiatives that were launched in 2015. Foster care agencies are using a nationally recognized screening tool to assess trauma, and proven interventions are being delivered to help children, parents, and families cope with trauma.
  • Strengthening Foster Care Agency Case Practice: ACS expanded its case consultation and technical assistance resources, while implementing an intensive monitoring and quality assurance system holding providers accountable.
  • Improving Foster Care Placements to Enhance the Well-Being of Children: In FY2017, our Home Away from Home initiative increased the number of new foster homes, and developed and implemented new tracking and management tools to help increase placement with kin.
  • Improving Education & Employment Outcomes and Pathways to Adulthood for Youth in Care: ACS expanded its Fostering College Success Initiative partnership with CUNY, which provides year-round housing, with financial, academic and social service supports for foster youth in college. As of FY2018, the program expanded from 50 to 93 students with dorm sites at Queens College, College of Staten Island and City College.