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The Role of Inclusive Leadership

ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrión, participated in a panel discussion featuring senior leadership from the city’s administration on the role of an inclusive leadership model in advancing an equity policy agenda on Friday, January 23, 2015. View the video (YouTube)
Safe Sleep: Cross-Systems Strategies for Reducing Infant Deaths

Safe Sleep: Cross-Systems Strategies for Reducing Infant Deaths

ACS, in collaboration with our public and private partners, hosted the second annual Infant Safe Sleep Symposium on December 16, 2014. Read more
Building a Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking

Building a Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking

On October 7, 2014, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) hosted a training for ACS frontline workers, city agencies, providers, and read more
ACS Leadership Considers Strategies to Achieve Well-Being

ACS Leadership Considers Strategies to Achieve Well-Being

Commissioner Gladys Carrión hosted leaders in child welfare for the first ACS Well-Being Conference on October 27, 2014. Read more
Public Awareness Campaign

Public Awareness Campaign

Children’s Services launches citywide public awareness campaign highlighting child safety and child well-being. Read more. Commissioner Gladys Carrión talks about the campaign. View the video
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!
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.
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


Meet Our Kids

Wednesdays Child Photo

“My heart was fluttering and I had this overwhelming feeling of joy the day their adoption was finalized,” says adoptive mother Sandra Boney.

On May 22, 2014, the adoption of Tysean, Lamar and Nasir was made official. It all started in 2010, when the boys’ biological mother asked Sandra to take care of Tysean and Lamar temporarily. In 2011, Nasir joined his brothers and Sandra. Recently Sandra has been fostering their 2-month-old brother. For Sandra, caring for all the brothers means that they can all grow up and share life together.

Learn more about the Boney Family

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

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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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Draft Policies

  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


Policy Library


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 11,136

Purchased Preventive 24,732
Protective 10,540

Child Care Vouchers 67,270
Contracted Early Learn 29,878
Secure Detention 95
Non-Secure Detention 84
Non-Secure Placement 198
more stats

  ACS In Your Neighborhood

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for Children, Families
and Caregivers in
New York City


Celebrating Foster Parents 
New York’s Kindest

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