The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) protects and promotes safety and well-being of New York City’s children and families by providing child welfare, juvenile justice, and early care and education services.
In child welfare, ACS contracts with private nonprofit organizations to support and stabilize families at risk of a crisis through preventive services, and provides foster care services for children not able to safely remain at home.
Each year, the agency’s Division of Child Protection conducts more than 55,000 investigations of suspected child abuse or neglect.
In juvenile justice, ACS manages and funds services including detention and placement, intensive community-based alternatives for youth, and support services for families.
In early care and education, ACS coordinates and funds programs and vouchers for close to 100,000 children eligible for subsidized care.
Over the past eight years, the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) has implemented a wide range of initiatives and reforms that have helped strengthen New York City’s child welfare, juvenile justice and early education systems. All of our work has been grounded in the belief that the best way to keep children safe is to ensure their families have the resources and supports that they need to thrive.
Babies sleep safest alone, on their backs, in a bare crib or bassinet—not in bed with you.
Open your heart and home to a child in foster care; become a foster or adoptive parent.
Identify the signs of child abuse and maltreatment. Help protect a child by making a report.
Get involved in the lives of children in your community. Volunteer as a tutor, mentor, or coach.