Child Welfare and Foster Care
Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)
ACS protects New York City’s children from abuse and neglect. Along with community partners, Children’s Services provides neighborhood-based services to help ensure children grow up in safe, permanent homes with strong families.
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ACS Office of Advocacy
The Office of Advocacy at ACS looks to support safety, permanence and the well being of all children and families involved with the child welfare system. There is a staff of social workers and family specialists who respond to concerns of parents, youth, foster parents, and the general public about child welfare cases.
Helpline number: (212) 676-9421
Collect call number for incarcerated parents:
In Person: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (MON – FRI)
150 William Street 1st Floor
New York, NY 10038
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Temporary Aid to Needy Families Program (TANF)
Families eligible for TANF may receive up to 60 months of federally-funded cash assistance. Eligibility is based on factors such as income and resources, household composition, and citizen/legal alien status. Eligible clients receiving temporary cash assistance must engage in work activities.
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Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
The state-run WIC Program offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support, referrals, and a variety of nutritious foods to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five.
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