Commissioner John B. MattinglyAdministration for Children Services150 William Street 18th FloorNew York, NY 10038
Dear Commissioner Mattingly:
There were a number of concerns raised at our public hearing over the proposed closure of over 120 ACS day care classrooms, and the transfer of over 3,500 four and five year old children from subsidized child care to kindergarten. Thanks to federal stimulus funding, and the intervention of the City Council, those closures were averted.
In the wake of a federal investigation into the administration and oversight of four secure juvenile detention facilities in New York, I am angered as well as saddened by the inhumane treatment of troubled youth, many of whom are living with mental illnesses.
Legislation that Expands the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) -- S.3438/A.5462
What Does This Bill Do?
~ It amends New York’s child welfare law to reflect the special circumstances of criminal justice involvedfamilies.
~ It grants foster care agencies discretion to delay filing termination of parental rights papers when a parent’s incarceration or participation in a residential drug treatment program is a significant factor in why the child has been in foster care for 15 of the last 22 months.
By Lorraine Dusky Bloger for Birth Mother, First Mother Forum
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