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NYC Administration for Children's Services: The City's child welfare agency, dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families

History: Past policies and plans

Safeguarding Our Children: Safety Reforms Update

Since the release of our Child Safety Action Plan, Safeguarding Our Children, in March 2006, Children’s Services has made substantial progress in our efforts to keep New York City’s children safe from harm.

Read the Update (September 2007)


Safeguarding Our Children: Safety Reforms Update (November 2006) - PDF Format -

Safeguarding Our Children: Action Plan 2006 (March 2006)

The Plan presents Children’s Services’ initiatives to reform and strengthen all aspects of the child welfare system, designed to ensure the safety of New York City’s children.

The Mayor’s Interagency Task Force on Child Welfare and Safety (December 2006)

Task Force's findings from its investigation into the ways to continue to improve Children’s Services.

ACS Plan for Preparing Youth for Adulthood

More than half the children living in foster care in New York City are over the age of 12. Preparing Youth for Adulthood seeks to coordinate and strengthen the efforts of ACS and our provider agencies to create positive outcomes for all NYC youth and and transitioning from care. 

Read the Plan (June 2006)

Rethinking Child Care

The Administration for Children’s Services puts forward its vision to reform New York City’s early child care system. This major initiative is called “Rethinking Child Care: An Integrated Plan for Early Childhood Development in New York City."
Read the Plan  (October 2005)

Read Press Release and Executive Summary (October 25, 2005)

Archive: 2001 Strategic Plan (PDF format, 2.4 MB)

Protecting Children and Strengthening Families

A Plan to Realign New York City's Child Welfare System (February 2005)

Learn more and download the Plan 

Immigration and Language Guidelines for Child Welfare Staff Implementation Plan Update for Local Law 73

This implementation plan update presents the steps that the Administration for Children's Services has initiated during calendar year 2005 to ensure compliance with Local Law 73 of 2003. The update also provides data on the number of limited English proficient persons served by Children's Services during 2005.

PDF icon Read the plan (21 pages)

PDF icon  Immigration and Language Guidelines for Child Welfare Staff (20 pages)

Safety Reforms Update Safeguarding Our Children:
Safety reforms Update  (November 2008) 
Read the Update (PDF)

Archives: Sept. 2007 Update (PDF)

Interagency Task Force

Report of the Interagency Task Force on Child Welfare and Safety. Read the report

Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) Guidelines
ASFA puts into place the most sweeping changes to child welfare policy in 20 years by emphasizing children's need for permanency. Learn how ACS is implementing this important legislation. 
Read the Guidelines

2001 Strategic Plan

PDF file format  2001 Strategic Plan (in PDF format - 2.4 MB)

Elisa's Law
This landmark 1996 law holds the child welfare system publicly accountable for its work with children and families.
Learn more about Elisa's Law

1996-2002 Reform Update Six Years of Reform in Children’s Services 1996-2002 Reform Update

A listing of ACS's achievements in child protection, foster care, preventive services, adoption, independent living, accountability, legal services and child support.

PDF Format Download the Report (20 p, 2.7 MB)

A Renewed Plan of Action for the Administration for Children’s Services

2001 strategic plan, outlining the next phase of reform in children's services.

PDF Format Download 2001 Reform Plan (157 p; 450 KB)

1996 Reform Plan

The original ACS Reform Plan.

PDF Format Download 1996 Reform Plan (92 p; 550 KB)

Current Initiatives

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