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Current Initiatives

Achieving Excellence in Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice and Early Care and Education

The 2011-2013 Strategic Plan The Plan is the agency’s blueprint for providing the highest level of service to New York City’s children, youth and families each and every day.



Youth and Family Justice

These plans highlight both the vision for better coordination of services for youth and more opportunities to leverage resources and systems to benefit young people and their families as well as benefit staff.



Early Care and Education

EarlyLearn NYC is the City’s new education model that will merge child care and early education into a single, seamless system and establish a foundation for success for the City’s neediest children.

EarlyLearn NYC (PDF)

Read more about EarlyLearn NYC (PDF)


Recommended Awards

Limited-Secure Placement Recommended Awards
ACS has announced recommended awards to provide Limited-Secure Placement services in connection with Phase II of Close to Home. These providers will offer residential care to young people placed by the Family Court as well as rehabilitative services including mental health, substance abuse, and intellectual/developmental disabilities services. 
Click on this link for more. 

Contract Award Recommendations
ACS currently contracts with nonprofit child welfare agencies to provide foster care and preventive services to children and families throughout New York City. 

Read the lists of recommended awards

Preventive Services Awarded Slots by Borough (PDF)

New Contracts Awarded for Family Assessment Program Intervention
The contracts are for agencies to provide a range of short-term, therapeutic diversionary interventions for adolescents and their families who appear at the Family Assessment Program at ACS seeking to file PINS or “Person in Need of Supervision” petitions in Family Court.  The contracts will start in October 2010. See the list of service providers (PDF)

Recommended Awards for Parent Advocate Services
ACS has announced recommended awards for Parent Advocate Services.  Parent Advocates will be present at all initial Child Safety Conferences.  The Parent Advocate providers that will be responsible for providing highly knowledgeable and motivated Parent Advocates to support parents by helping them better understand and navigate the child welfare system, as well as empower parents to become more meaningfully engaged in decision-making involving the safety of their children.  This will build on the use of Child Safety Conferences that take place before removals, and the decrease in emergency removals that occur without the Family Court’s review and approval. Click here to see the recommended awards.

Preventive Service Recommended Awards: Evidence Based, Evidence Informed, and Promising Practice Models
We are pleased to announce the recommended contract awardees for additional preventive programming for young people who have child welfare and juvenile justice involvement and their families. Click here to learn more



Improved Outcomes for Children (IOC)

Improved Outcomes for Children Improved Outcomes for Children, a series of reforms for Foster Care and Preventive Services, was announced by the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in March 2007. These reforms are intended to improve the results achieved by ACS and the private agencies under contract to ACS which provide Foster Care and Preventive Services. Visit the IOC section



History: Past Policies and Plans

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