senate Bill S5517

Relates to post-adoption services

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  • 16 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
  • 17 / Mar / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Relates to post-adoption services.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7349
Versions:
S5517
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง372-h, Soc Serv L

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BILL NUMBER:S5517

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation
to post-adoption services

PURPOSE OF GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To gain an understanding of the availability of post-adoption services
and the impact on families receiving such services.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

This bill would add a new section 372-h of the social services law to
require the Office of Children and Family Services to collect data on
the availability of post-adoption services around the State. Such data
would include the number of adopted children placed in foster care,
the number of families who received post-adoption services and the
number of Families who were denied post- adoption services. the office
would submit an annual report to the Legislature containing such data,
an analysis of the availability of post-adoption services and
recommendations for the enhancement of services to promote permanency
in adoptions.

JUSTIFICATION:

An adoption is the beginning of a new life for a child and his or her
adoptive parents. While most adoptive families offer a child a safe
and permanent home, others face significant challenges that threaten
the stability of the family. A child may have experienced trauma prior
to adoption that led to behavioral, mental or emotional health
problems including attachment disorders, developmental delays or
violent or disruptive behaviors. These issues may arise soon after
adoption or years down the line. Families experiencing these
challenges require specialized services tailored to the distinct needs
of adoptive families. These may include mental health services for the
child, respite or family counseling with a therapist trained on
special issues facing adoptive families. Unfortunately, these
services are riot widely available and many families suffer each year
because they have nowhere to turn for help. The results it that
children are unnecessarily placed into foster care, causing further
trauma as permanency is disrupted.

Currently, policies promoting post-adoption services arc challenged by
a lack of cohesive data illustrating the need .for such services.
This bill would remedy that by requiring the Office of Children and
Family Services to work with local social services districts,
authorized agencies end not-for-profit agencies with experience in
providing post-adoption services to collect data on the number of
adopted children entering foster care each year, as well as the
availability of post-adoption services. Such information is critical
in determining the extent to which families are in need of such
services, where a lack of services exists and the cost-benefit of
funding additional post-adoption services.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill.


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

August 31 following enactment.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5517

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families

AN ACT to amend the social services law, in  relation  to  post-adoption
  services

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The social services law is amended by adding a new  section
372-h to read as follows:
  S  372-H. POST ADOPTION SERVICES. 1. THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY
SERVICES SHALL COLLECT DATA  AND  INFORMATION  ON  THE  AVAILABILITY  OF
POST-ADOPTION  SERVICES  AROUND  THE  STATE.  THE OFFICE SHALL WORK WITH
LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICTS, AUTHORIZED AGENCIES, AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT
AGENCIES WITH EXPERIENCE PROVIDING POST-ADOPTION SERVICES TO GATHER,  TO
THE  GREATEST  EXTENT  POSSIBLE,  NON-IDENTIFYING  INFORMATION BY COUNTY
INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
  A. THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN ENTERING FOSTER CARE WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN
ADOPTED;
  B. THE NUMBER OF FAMILIES WHO RECEIVED POST-ADOPTION SERVICES;
  C. THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN PARAGRAPH A OF THIS SUBDIVISION  WHO  HAD
RECEIVED POST-ADOPTION SERVICES AND WHAT TYPE OF SERVICES WERE RENDERED;
  D. THE NUMBER OF DENIED REQUESTS FOR SERVICES, AND THE REASON FOR SUCH
DENIALS; AND
  E. THE TYPE OF SERVICE FOR WHICH REQUESTS WERE DENIED.
  2. THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES SHALL SUBMIT A REPORT TO
THE  SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE
MINORITY LEADER OF THE ASSEMBLY AND THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE NO
LATER THAN SEPTEMBER FIRST OF EACH YEAR WITH THE  DATA  AND  INFORMATION
REQUIRED  BY SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION FOR THE PRECEDING YEAR. THE
OFFICE SHALL INCLUDE AN ANALYSIS OF THE  AVAILABILITY  OF  POST-ADOPTION
SERVICES STATEWIDE AND REGIONALLY, THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE PROVISIONS OF
SUCH  SERVICES  PREVENTS THE DISRUPTION OF ADOPTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10812-01-3

S. 5517                             2

FOR SPECIFIC SERVICES TO PROMOTE THE PERMANENCY OF ADOPTIVE  PLACEMENTS.
THE  OFFICE SHALL INDICATE THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE INFORMATION COLLECTED
REFLECTS THE TOTAL POPULATION  DESCRIBED  IN  SUBDIVISION  ONE  OF  THIS
SECTION, AND IDENTIFY ANY IMPEDIMENTS TO COLLECTING SUCH INFORMATION.
  S  2.  This  act  shall  take  effect  the thirty-first of August next
succeeding the date on which it  shall  have  become  a  law;  provided,
however,  that  effective  immediately,  the  addition, amendment and/or
repeal of any rule or regulation necessary  for  the  implementation  of
this act on its effective date is authorized and directed to be made and
completed on or before such effective date.

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