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ACS News and Press Releases

December 18, 2013
Criminal Justice Coordinator Feinblatt And Commissioner Richter Announce Groundbreaking Of The City’s Fifth Child Advocacy Center In The Bronx

November 17, 2013
National Adoption Month

November 14, 2013
National Adoption Month Reception

November 14, 2013
Administration for Children’s Services Uses Title IV-E Waiver To Extend ChildSuccessNYC To Seven Additional Foster Care Agencies

November 7, 2013
Deputy Mayor Gibbs and ACS Commissioner Richter Re-Name The Children’s Center In Honor Of Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta

November 4, 2013
Reading Adventure Night Promotes Literacy

October 26, 2013
November is National Adoption Month!

September 28, 2013
ACS Hosts High School Goal Weekend For Foster Care and Adopted Youth

August 21, 2013
Administration For Children’s Services Celebrates the Graduation of Child Protective Specialists and Juvenile Counselors

July 16, 2013
NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, Administration For Children's Services Commissioner Ronald Richter, And Representatives Of Major League Baseball And The New York Mets Dedicate Courtyard At Brownsville School As Part Of MLB's NYC All-star Legacy Project

July 01, 2013
ACS Commissioner Ronald E. Richter Addresses Conference on the Impact of Trauma 

June 3, 2013
New York City Children’s Services Launches “Be The Reason” Ad Campaign to Recruit Foster and Adoptive Parents 

May 07, 2013
Foster Care Month Kicks Off With Heart Gallery NYC Photo Exhibit 

January 23, 2013
Sandy-Damaged EarlyLearn Site Re-Opens

Media Inquiries
Media inquiries can be made during regular working business hours to the ACS press office by calling (212) 341-0999.

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In the News

Recent Stories 

City Limits
Looking After the Welfare of Child Welfare Workers (January 7, 2014)

New York Magazine
New York City Is Trying a New Strategy to Find Good Homes for Foster Kids — and It’s Working (December 18, 2013)

The Journal News
Cottage School program helps woman find way out of child sex trade (December 14, 2013)

New York Nonprofit Press
ACS Significantly Reduces Caseloads – Now What? (December 5, 2013)

Huffington Post Gay Voices
Commissioner Richter’s Q&A With The Huffington Post (December 3, 2013)

Staten Island Advance
Forum Puts a Face on Child Welfare (November 22, 2013)

NBC New York
Wednesday’s Child: National Adoption Month with the Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner Ronald E. Richter (November 17, 2013)

NBC New York
Wednesday’s Child: National Adoption Month with the Administration for Children’s Services Director of Adoptions Tinaddine Turner (November 15, 2013)

New York Nonprofit Press
ACS Announces Seven More ChildSuccessNYC Agencies (November 14, 2013)

New York Times
Commissioner Ronald E. Richter Letter to the Editor: In College and Foster Care (November 9, 2013)

Non-Profit Press
Children’s Center Renamed in Honor of Scoppetta (November 8, 2013)

Child Welfare Watch
ChildSuccess NYC to Go Citywide (November 7, 2013)

Foster Care Kids, Parents Treated To Literary Night Out (November 4, 2013)

New York Daily News
Mets and Major League Baseball donate $300,000 for Brownsville school's courtyard renovation (July 17, 2013)

NY 1
Brooklyn School Scores Big With New Play Area (July 16, 2013)

The Chronicle Of Social Change
Mass Media Dives into Queer, Foster Care Issue (June 14, 2013)

CBS New York
NYC Seeks More Gay And Lesbian Foster Parents (June 3, 2013)

NY1 News 
New City Ad Campaign Aims To Recruit LGBTQ-Friendly Foster Parents (June 3, 2013)

The Wall Street Journal 
City Seeking to Diversify Foster System (June 2, 2013)

New York Times
Another Chance for Mone’t (May 5, 2013)

NY1 News 
ACS Benefits from Federal Funds to Reduce Trauma in Children (February 12, 2013)

NY1 News 
Manhattan Nonprofit Reopens One Child Care Center, Works To Reopen Another (January 22, 2013)

The New School 
Social Workers at the Kitchen Table (December 12, 2012)

Child Welfare Watch 
Home in the City (December, 2012)

In the Life Media (November 15, 2012)
LGBTQ Youth Share Their Experiences In Foster Care

News NBC New York
National Adoption Day (November 15, 2012)

NY1 News 
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Highlights Close to Home (Windows -Media Video File) - (October 4, 2012)
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News NBC New York
Summer Youth Employment Program at Crossroads Juvenile Detention Center (August 10, 2012) 

NY1 News
Exclusive Tour of New Juvenile Justice Program (June 15, 2012)

News NBC New York
Social Worker Protection Legislation (April, 2012)

The New York Times
Seeking a Softer Justice System, Closer to Home, for New York’s Juvenile Offenders (March 26, 2012)

News NBC New York

Worker Safety (March, 2012)

New York Law Journal
Plan for Juvenile Delinquents Would Place Them Close to Home (January 25, 2012)

NBC Report on Commissioner Richter's Priorities (December 19, 2011)

New York Times
Children’s Services Leader Leaving After 7 Years (July 26, 2011)

ACS Commissioner John Mattingly did a fine job protecting city kids in a thankless, tough position (PDF) (July 31, 2011)  
Juvenile Justice Initiative Program helps Queens Teen Christopher Noria Turn Life Around (PDF) (July 19, 2011)  

New York Nonprofit Press
Commissioner Mattingly’s Legacy from a Parent’s Perspective (August 25, 2011)
Mattingly Resigns as ACS Commissioner (August 25, 2011)

New York Law Journal
City Ramps Up Intervention for New PINS Diversion Effort (PDF) (July 19, 2011)

Previous Coverage

Save the Children (April 19, 2008)
Troubled teen gets second chance through new tough-love program (March 30, 2008)

“It’s Not About You…”  (PDF) (July 1, 2010)
LaVerne Parker, Executive Director of Family Support/Client Services for ACS, is featured in hit s article. You can also watch Ms Parker video on BMCC Website

'Transformative Moment' in Juvenile Justice Focus of Forum

WNYC Radio
Jailed Bronx Teens Find a Muse in Music (mp3) (July 19, 2011)
Juvenile Justice: City Looks to Expand Use of Home Monitoring (PDF) (March 8, 2010)
Retired Cops Now Swell Ranks of Child Welfare System (January 25, 2008)

New York Times
Children’s Services Leader Leaving After 7 Years (July 26, 2011)
For Juveniles in Family Court, Judges Seek Safer Alternatives to Prison (PDF) (March 7, 2010)
City Seeks to Close 15 Day Care Centers in Budget Cut (PDF) (February 3, 2010)
City Signals Intent to Put Fewer Teenagers in Jail (PDF) (January 10, 2010)
Enlisting the Aid of Hairstylists as Sentinels for Domestic Abuse (PDF) (November 19, 2008)
The Faces of Those Who Knock on Difficult Doors (April 20, 2008)
A Home Remedy for Juvenile Offenders (February 20, 2008)
A Marketing Campaign From One Heart to Another (August 22, 2007)
Ranks of Child Welfare Caseworkers Swell (Feb. 28, 2006)

City Limits Weekly
Churches 'Foster' New Family Ties (PDF) (December 22, 2008)
Contracting For Change: ACS Challenges Providers (December 10, 2007)
Embattled Kids' Commish Promotes Change at ACS (August 20, 2007)

New York Nonprofit Press
Nonprofit Executives Praise the New ACS Scorecard (PDF) (March 01, 2010)
Family Team Conferencing (PDF) (January 10, 2010)
Linking Thousands of Human Service Agencies (PDF - May 8, 2008)

Univision TV
En Español 
Despierta America - Children’s Services Child Protective Specialist Recruitment Campaign (March 18, 2008)

Queens Chronicle
LGBT Foster Parents Sought (PDF) (July 19, 2011)
New York Law Journal
City Ramps Up Intervention for New PINS Diversion Effort (PDF) (July 19, 2011)
E-Filing of Abuse and Neglect Petitions Reaches Family Court (PDF) (February 18, 2010)
New emphasis on family shifts focus of children's agencies (February 25, 2008)

Videos on Domestic Violence Awareness in Beauty Salons 
CBS News - Cutting Hair And Fighting Domestic Abuse (February 24, 2008)
En Español: Telemundo 47 - Al Rojo Vivo con Condella Ferro

Videos on Adoption:
News 12 Brooklyn (December 23, 2007)
En Español: Univision Noticias 41 (December 13, 2007)
En Español: Telemundo Noticiero 47 (December 27, 2007)

Beauty Salons Take on Domestic Violence (December 23, 2007)

Univision Radio  
En Español: Cara a Cara with Ricardo Espinoza: Adoption (Audio in MP3) (November 20, 2007)

The Chief
Completed Training: Add 448 Child Protectors (October 26, 2007)

The Queens Courier
A day of family reunion (September 20, 2007)

El Diario 
Op-Ed by Commissioner John B. Mattingly:
The Administration for Children's Services and Hispanic Families (PDF)
En Español: La Administración de Servicios Infantiles y las familias hispanas (PDF)

Public Testimony

Preliminary Budget Hearing Testimony by Gladys Carrión, Commissioner, NYC Administration for Children’s Services, to the NY City Council Committees on Finance, General Welfare, Juvenile Justice and Women’s Issues (March 24, 2014) (PDF)

ACS Testimony on Juvenile Justice Mental Health to the New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice, Committee on General Welfare, and Committee on Mental Health, Disability, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, and Disability Services (February 28, 2014) (PDF)

Testimony by Commissioner Ronald E. Richter to The New York State Assembly Standing Committees on Children and Families, Oversight Analysis and Investigation, and the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families (December 5, 2013) (PDF)

Testimony by Commissioner Ronald E. Richter to The New York City Council, Committees on General Welfare and Women’s Issues Oversight: Implementation of Early Learn (October 28, 2013) (PDF)

Testimony by Ronald E. Richter, Commissioner to The New York City Council, Committees on Juvenile Justice and General Welfare Oversight: Implementation of Close to Home for Non-Secure Placement (October 23, 2013) (PDF)

Testimony by Raye Barbieri, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Youth and Family Justice New York City Administration for Children’s Services | “Re-entry Planning for Youth in Detention and Placement” (June 18, 2013) (PDF)

ACS Ronald E. Richter, Commissioner Testimony to the New York City Council Committees on General Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Women’s Issues, and Finance (May 21, 2013) (PDF)

ACS Testimony to NYC Council Preliminary FY 2014 Budget, FY 2013 MMR Agency Oversight Hearings (March 18, 2013) (PDF)

ACS Testimony on Demographic Data and Incident Reports on Youth Detained and Placed in Juvenile Justice - February 28, 2013 (PDF)

ACS Testimony on Data Related to Sexually Exploited Youth - February 25, 2013 (PDF)

Testimony to City Council on the ACS' Resident Advocacy Program (PDF) (January 24, 2013)

Public Testimony Archives:

2012 | 2011 | 2010

ACS Reports

Accountability Review Panel 2009 & 2010 Report (PDF)

National News

Memphis Commercial Appeal
Op-Ed: Caring foster family came at just the right time (5/9/2010 - PDF)

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