FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 29, 2005
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING CHILD WELFARE PARENT ADVOCATE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Remarks by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
"The next bill before me is Introductory Number 492-A sponsored by Council Members Boyland, James, Barron, Brewer, Comrie, Fidler, Liu, Martinez, Palma, Reed, Sanders, Seabrook, Stewart, Vann, Weprin, Clarke, Jackson, Baez, Gonzalez, Gerson and Koppell, deBlasio, Katz and the Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum. This bill establishes a child welfare parent advocate advisory committee.
"The child welfare parent advocate advisory committee will be comprised of parents, advocates, foster parents and adoptive parents who will review the public policies of the Administration for Children's Services and will submit an annual report to the Mayor and to the City Council. This report will include recommendations regarding the improvement of services provided by the City.
"This bill will provide another avenue for parents to voice their comments and concerns regarding the quality and content of services within the child welfare system.
"I would like to thank the Administration for Children's Services and the Council for their work on this bill."
Edward Skyler / Jordan Barowitz (212) 788-2958