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Commissioner Gladys Carrión

Testimony on Eliminating Child Fatalities

On August 6th, 2015, Commissioner Gladys Carrión testified before the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. Read her Testimony.
ACS Launches Major New Foster Care Initiative, Strong Families NYC

ACS Launches Major New Foster Care Initiative, Strong Families NYC

Up to 13,000 children and their families will benefit from innovations each year. Learn more.
Choosing a safe and nurturing child care program in NYC

Choosing a safe and nurturing child care program in NYC

Choosing the right child care for your child can be challenging. Learn how to make sure your child care site is safe, reliable, and provides high quality care. Get some helpful tips.
First Lady Chirlane McCray Shares Poetry Written by Youth in Detention

First Lady Chirlane McCray Shares Poetry Written by Youth in Detention

Through ACS programming provided in partnership with Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, young people channel their emotions and passions through the arts and creative writing. Read more on the First Lady’s blog.
Barclays Center

ACS Youth Meet New York Islanders Hockey Player and Watch the Annual Blue & White Scrimmage

Approximately 65 youth in ACS foster care and detention watched the NY Islanders at Barclays Center on Wednesday July 8, 2015. Read more
Honoring Fathers, Building Relationships

Honoring Fathers, Building Relationships

As part of outreach to the community ACS staffers held a workshop on how to tie a tie/bow tie on Friday June 19 in Harlem. Read more
NYC Early Care and Education Task Force Recommendations

NYC Early Care and Education Task Force Recommendations

A diverse group of stakeholders appointed by Mayor de Blasio has developed recommendations on how NYC can ensure that every child has access to quality early care and learning. Read the recommendations.
NBC 4 New York Visits ACS Children’s Center

NBC 4 New York Visits ACS Children’s Center

Commissioner Carrión Announces Opening of Older Youth Reception Centers. Read more
EarlyLearn NYC

EarlyLearn NYC: Early Care and Education Services EPIN 06815I0003 Award Recommendations.

Download the list (PDF)
Bronx Child Advocacy Center Opens

Safe Sleep Campaign

Mayor Bill de Blasio announces ‘Safe Sleep’ Campaign to reduce infant fatalities caused by unsafe sleep. Read more

Events | Press Releases


Meet Our Kids

Wednesdays Child Photo

Raydell, 18, wants to become a social worker so no child ever feels alone. A self-described outgoing advocate, Raydell is passionate about speaking up for herself and other children in foster care. One day, Raydell says, she wants to help children and become Commissioner of Children’s Services.

Learn more about Raydell

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

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High School Goal Weekend

High School Goal Weekend (HSGW)
ACS will host HSGW for 8th graders currently in foster care or recently adopted, on November 14, 2015 and November 21, 2015 between 9am and 1pm at the ACS main office, in Manhattan. Students will learn about school choices and receive one-on-one assistance with completing the high school application. High School Applications are due on December 1, 2015!
Sign up now for HSGW

Register to Vote

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The Civil Service Pathways for Youth Employment Program (CSP-YEP)
CSP-YEP was created by the Administration of Children Services to enhance the employment services provided to young adults in foster care as they transition into adulthood. The program provides a series of trainings to young adults aged 17.5-21 years old to better prepare them to explore civil service careers. Download the flyer for more information.

NYC Youth Guide to Summer Fun

NYC Youth Guide to Summer Fun
Summer is here! Check out the 2015 New York City Youth Guide to Summer Fun for a calendar of youth and family-friendly events and resources from concerts, street fairs, to pools and beaches. There’s tons of attractions and events just a quick walk or subway/bus ride away! Visit the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) website to download the guide.


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. 

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For questions or concerns regarding the recent audit of Head Start daycare facilities please call

  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




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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 10,604

Purchased Preventive 24,611
Protective 8,663

Child Care Vouchers 67,620
Contracted Early Learn 29,342
Secure Detention 95
Non-Secure Detention 67
Non-Secure Placement 145
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