Sexuality is a normal part of growing up and you have the power over your body and your sexuality.
Confidential Services: You have the right to access confidential sexual and reproductive health services without the knowledge or consent of your parents, foster parents, caseworker or anyone else.
Referrals: Your caseworker and foster parents must provide you access to sexual and reproductive health education and to provide you support you need like a referral to a doctor.
Services: You have the right to access health services including:
You don't have to go alone: Going to appointments can make you nervous. If you want, you can request someone to come with you to a sexual and reproductive health appointment. You also may choose to go by yourself, without an adult.
If you are pregnant, you have the right to nonjudgmental, unbiased information about abortion, and access to services that can help you make a decision. You should know you have three options: being a parent, placing the child up for adoption, or an abortion. Go to Planned Parenthood Pregnancy Testing Services for more information.
You have the right to access abortion services, even if you are placed out of state.
If you are placed out of state and need access to any sexual or reproductive healthcare not available in your state, including abortion, please contact your foster agency or email NYC ACS.
You have the right to be respected for who you are and be safe in your foster home, at your provider agency, at school and at the doctor's office. You have the right to:
Go to LGBTQAI+ Equity Strategies for more information.
You have the right to access gender-affirming care, even if you are placed out of state. While you have the right to access LGBTQIA+-affirming services, such as gender-affirming hormore therapy, you may need consent to receive these services. For assistance in navigating these resources, please speak with your foster agency or case planner.
See Resources below for a list of LGBTQIA+ specific clinics and services available to you, many of which are low- to no-cost!
You have the right to be safe in your relationship. Your provider agency should provide you information about healthy relationships, including knowing what it means to give consent. Consent means that all partners verbally agree to participate in each interaction without pressure or violence.
Rights and Expectations
All youth in foster care who are 12-years-old and older must be told of their right to sexual reproductive health services within 30 days of coming to foster care and every 6 months after.
You have the right to get your Client Identification Number (CIN) or Medicaid Managed Care Plan (MMCP) ID number, so you can access services and resources outside of your foster care agency.
You have the right to sexual and reproductive health information that is nurturing, affirming and respectful.
If you feel your foster family, caseworker, or staff member doesn't give you information or doesn't help provide you with these services, they could be violating your rights. If this happens, e-mail: SRHsupport@acs.nyc.gov.
If you are placed out of state, and need access to any sexual or reproductive healthcare not available in your state, including abortion and gender affirming care, please contact your foster agency or NYC ACS at SRHsupport@acs.nyc.gov.
For up-to-date information on all state's policies on abortion, please see Interactive Map: US Abortion Policies and Access After Roe.
For up-to-date information on all state's policies on gender affirming care, please see Map: Attacks on Gender Affirming Care by State.
Ask your caseworker, or email ACS at SRHsupport@acs.nyc.gov.
The Newborn Home Visiting Program
The Newborn Home Visiting Program is a service for all mothers who are engaged with ACS - regardless of age or immigration status.
A health worker will visit you at home to provide breastfeeding support and help create a safe and nurturing home for your family. They talk about any concerns and questions you may have, share information, and help you find services your family might need. The visit lasts about an hour.
If you have recently given birth and you are interested, please call 311 and ask about the Newborn Home Visiting Program. You can also call 718-637-5235 for more information.
NYC Nurse Family Partnership
NYC Nurse-Family Partnership (NYC NFP) pairs first-time mothers with their own personal nurse, who will provide information, guidance and advice, supporting them to have healthy pregnancies, become knowledgeable and nurturing parents, achieve their own goals-such as continuing their education, developing job skills and giving their children the best possible start in life. There is no cost to the client and it is available regardless of immigration status. Anyone up to 28 weeks pregnant can get more information by visiting NYC Nurse-Family Partnership or calling 311 and asking for Nurse-Family Partnership.
NYC Health + Hospitals
If you are age 12 years or older, NYC Health + Hospitals offers safe and confidential Youth Health services to all adolescents, regardless of ability to pay, immigration status, or sexual orientation.
NYC Health + Hospitals provides the following services:
Please visit NYC Health+Hospitals for up-to-date services and locations.
Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center's unique, New York City-based program delivers comprehensive, integrated medical and mental health services and prevention education to young people aged 10 to 26, all under one roof and at no cost to patients.
At the Adolescent Health Center, young people can find a wide range of services specially designed for their needs, including:
Please visit Mount Sinai-Adolescent Health Center for up-to-date services and locations. To make an appointment for SRH services, please call 212-423-3000.
Planned Parenthood provides high-quality inclusive and comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care services to all New Yorkers with respect and compassion. Available services include:
Please visit Planned Parenthood for up-to-date services and locations. Virtual Health Center appointments are also available.