ERIC Number: ED477784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec-9
Reference Count: N/A
Families at Risk: A Report on New York City's Child Welfare Services.
In this report, the Child Welfare Project (CWP) of the Office of the Public Advocate examines New York City's child welfare social services infrastructure and the family court. It is based on child fatality reports for the year 2000 submitted to the Office of the Public Advocate by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services; child welfare cases handled by CWP staff from January 1 through September 30, 2002; interviews with service providers, advocates, and parents; and reviews of reports, meetings, and conferences. Since early 1995, the CWP has helped more than 5,000 families and children in New York City's child welfare system. The project's mission is to ensure that families involved in the city's child welfare system are treated fairly, know their rights and responsibilities, and receive the services to which they are entitled. CWP engages in a wide range of activities, investigating complaints and promoting system reform through collaborative projects and education. The report concludes that the child welfare system is so overburdened that there are long delays in resolving cases and finding permanent homes for children. In some cases, the physical and emotional well-being of children is compromised. The report examines the social services infrastructure and the family court to analyze how the culture of the system--and its adversarial, one-size-fits-all approach--can work against the goals of protecting children and strengthening families. (Contains 107 footnotes.) (Author/SM)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Death, Family Support, Urban Areas, Welfare Services
New York City Office of the Public Advocate, 1 Centre Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10007. Tel: 212-669-7200; Fax: 212-669-4091; Web site: http://pubadvocate.nyc.gov.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Advocate for the City of New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)