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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 050620
June 20, 2005

ACS Press Office
Phone: 212-341-0999


Children’s Services Commissioner John B. Mattingly Releases 2004 Performance Evaluation Scores for Foster Boarding Home Providers

Annual Comprehensive Review Shows Higher Quality of Services for Thousands of Children in New York City’s Care

Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner John B. Mattingly today announced that 36 non-profit organizations which provide foster homes to more than 18,000 children in New York City improved the quality of their services in 2004.

The average score on the rigorous annual performance review, which is tied to the daily rate that foster care agencies receive from ACS, rose to 82.2 in 2004 from 80 the previous year. Under the rating system, a score of 85 or higher indicates excellent performance; 80 to 84.99 indicates very good performance; 74 to 79.99 indicates high satisfactory performance; 73.99 to 70 indicates low satisfactory performance; 65 to 69.99 indicates a need for improvement and a score below 64.99 is unsatisfactory.

In 2004, nine agencies earned excellent ratings; 14 very good; 12 high satisfactory, and one low satisfactory. No agency received a needs improvement or unsatisfactory score.

“This is a meaningful improvement that reflects the continued commitment, dedication and hard work of our agency partners on behalf of the most vulnerable children of this City,” said Commissioner Mattingly.

For fiscal year 2006, agencies scoring in the “excellent” range will receive $26, or current rate, if higher, for each child in their care per day; those that scored “very good” will receive $25, or current rate, if higher; those with a “high satisfactory” rating, $24; and a “low satisfactory” rating, $23.50.

Developed in 2000, the scoring system, called the Evaluation and Quality Improvement Protocol (EQUIP), gauges agency performance in three areas: outcomes, quality and process. Outcomes account for 40 percent of the overall score, and measures the time it takes to find adoptive homes for children, how long it takes to reunite children with their birth families, and the rate of re-entry into foster care. It also measures each agency’s performance in preparing youth for independent living, finding foster homes for siblings and recruiting foster parents within a child’s community.

Quality accounts for 30 percent of the score, as does Process, which measures such factors as the time it takes to finalize adoptions, foster parent recertification and foster parent training, as well as the frequency of substantiated reports of abuse and neglect.

"We are committed to quality, we are proud of the agencies' hard work to improve their results, and we intend to continue working to improve the care received by all the children in our custody,” Commissioner Mattingly said.

2004 Equip Scores and Ratings
ACS Foster Boarding Home Programs

Rank

Agency Name

Score

Rating

1

Edwin Gould Services for Children

90

Excellent

2

St. Dominic's

89.94

3

Protestant Board of Guardians

88.21

4

Episcopal Social Services

86.99

5

Ohel Children's Home and Family

86.79

6

Jewish Child Care Assn. (JCCA)

86.23

7

Leake and Watts

85.99

8

Children's Village

85.82

9

Good Shepherd Services

85.42

10

Cardinal McCloskey Services

84.86

Very Good

11

Catholic Guardian Society of NY

84.64

12

Mercy First

84.56

13

Children's Aid Society

84.4

14

New York Foundling Hospital

84.04

15

Forestdale Inc.

84.01

16

Salvation Army

83.69

17

DFCS Brooklyn

83.33

18

St. Vincent 's Services

83.18

19

Lakeside Family and Children's

82.75

20

SCO Family of Services (St.

82.44

21

Catholic Home Bureau

81.35

22

Graham-Windham Services

81.17

23

Heartshare Human Services of NY

80.1

24

Society for Seamen's Children

79.86

Satisfactory

25

Community Counseling & Mediation

79.77

26

Lutheran Social Service

79.65

27

DFCS Queens

79.52

28

Pius XII Youth/Family Services

78.99

29

Family Support System

78.35

30

Concord Family Services

78.02

31

Coalition for Hispanic Family

77.93

32

Abbott House

77.63

33

Child Development Support

76.96

34

Little Flower Children's Services

76.21

35

Harlem Dowling Westside Center

75.84

36

Inwood House

73.75



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