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Dads Take Your Child to School

On September 16, 2014, New York City observed Dads Take Your Child to School (DTYCTS) Day. Read more
Child Welfare Talks

Child Welfare Talks

Charita Thomas (left), met with Rachel Sanderson, Member of Parliament for South Australia on August 27, 2014. Click here to read more.
Free Books for Children and Youth

Free Books for Children and Youth

ACS is teaming up with First Book to help get new books into the hands of children in need across New York City. Click on this link to learn how to sign up now!
Dads Take Your Child To School (DTYCTS) Day Volunteers

Dads Take Your Child To School Day

Help make this the best ever Dads Take Your Child to School (DTYCTS) Day on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Click here to read more.
Anthony Turner receives his award from Shanequa Green

LGBTQ Awards Ceremony

On May 22, ACS hosted the Second Annual LGBTQ & Allies Awards ceremony and reception to honor outstanding foster care and juvenile justice leaders who promote inclusive, safe environments for LGBTQ children, youth, and families. Click here to read more.
Commissioner at Administration for Children’s Services Gladys Carrión

Commissioner at Administration for Children’s Services Gladys Carrión

Gladys Carrión was appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as ACS Commissioner effective January 6, 2014. Click here to read more.
New York City Is Trying a New Strategy to Find Good Homes for Foster Kids — and It’s Working

Family Finding and ChildSuccessNYC

New York Magazine article “New York City Is Trying a New Strategy to Find Good Homes for Foster Kids — and It’s Working,” highlights the positive effects of family finding, a component of the evidence based foster care model ChildSuccessNYC. Read Here
Be The Reason

Be The Reason

ACS launched a city-wide advertising campaign called "Be The Reason," to recruit foster and adoptive parents from among a diverse audience of New Yorkers. Click here to read more.

Events | Press Releases




NYC Administration for Children’s Services and the NYC Department of Education are hosting HIGH SCHOOL GOAL WEEKEND on September 20th and 21st, 2014! This event is an opportunity for 7th and 8th graders currently in foster care or recently adopted to get VIP access to the Citywide High School Fair, learn about the High School Admissions process, and receive 1-on-1 attention and assistance with completing the required application due on December 2, 2014. If you would like to volunteer to assist youth during the High School Fair, please see below for a volunteer application!

Click on HSGW to sign up a 7th or 8th Grader in Foster Care

Click here to volunteer for HSGW


Meet Our Kids

Wednesdays Child Photo

Devonique is a dynamic teenage girl who is pleasure to be with. Her fun-loving attitude makes her stand out in a crowd.

Although a few of Devonique’s favorite activities are board games and watching television, she definitely does not consider herself a couch potato. This talented teen also has a passion for playing sports and dancing. Devonique has an affinity for all subjects she learns in school, but picks social studies as her favorite.

Learn more about her

Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption Click here to visit NBC New York Website 

Search Our Database of Waiting Children

NYC Vote

Register to Vote – September 23 is National Voter Registration Day

Find a Voter Registration event near you!


Child Safety Materials Available
The ACS Press Office has child safety materials available including the following posters, pamphlets and brochures:

These materials are in English and Spanish with limited availability in Creole, Korean, Russian and Chinese. We encourage child care facilities, child welfare and community organizations to call 212-341-0999 to request copies.

Parenting Youth Working with Pregnant and Parenting Youth in care 
ACS introduces two resources to aid case planners in their work with pregnant and parenting youth in care. 
Early Learn

EarlyLearn NYC Programs
EarlyLearn NYC, launched in October 2012, is an innovative, high-quality early education program for families across the five boroughs. Our mission is to provide social and intellectual development from birth to age five, preparing your child for kindergarten today and a successful future tomorrow.

Click on this link to find an EarlyLearn program in your borough or neighborhood.

Get Your ID

Get Your ID
Having an ID is one of the keys to success. Learn how to apply for a birth certificate, Social Security card, and non-driver State ID.
A one-stop place where teens leaving or aging out of foster care can learn about real resources to get ready life now and after foster care, and share their experiences with other youths.

ACS Focuses on Reducing Stress for CPS

ACS Focuses on Reducing Stress for CPS
The Project focuses on decreasing stress through enhancing resilience skills and increasing social support for the worker.
Read More (PDF)


ACCESS NYC - Benefit Information. One Place.
Screen your family for over 30 City, State and Federal health and human service benefit programs. In addition to screening, you can learn about the programs, how to apply, where to go, and even print filled in applications. 

Current and Future Initiatives
2011-2013 Strategic Plan

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.

Read the Strategic Plan

Read the Strategic Plan Update (PDF)

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  Prevent Child Abuse!

Every child deserves to be safe. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call the State Central Register at
800-342-3720 or call 311 and ask to be connected to the hotline.


TDD: 1-800-638-5163
If a child is in immediate danger, call 911.

More info about child abuse

Mandated Reporters:

Mandated reporters are required by law to report child abuse or neglect.

More info about making a report as a mandated reporter

All calls are confidential


Child Safety Video

Safe Haven Law - Abandoned Infant Protection Act
Parents who are unable to care for their newborn infants may anonymously and legally leave their infant at a safe place such as a hospital. Click here for more information, or call: 866-505-SAFE (7233)

  ACS Monthly Statistics

Foster Care 10,963

Purchased Preventive 24,652
Protective 8,701

Child Care Vouchers 65,619
Contracted Early Learn 25,530
Secure Detention 106
Non-Secure Detention 85
Non-Secure Placement 190
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