Policy Briefing Recap: ChildSuccessNYC: Improving Stability, Permanency and Well-being for Foster Children

On January 29, 2013, CCC held a Policy Briefing on ChildSuccessNYC, the City’s new model aimed at improving the outcomes for children in foster care. The Policy Briefing brought together Deputy Commissioners from the Administration for Children’s Services and Foster Care Agency Executive Staff from three of the five participating foster care agencies to talk about the new model, the planning process and how implementation has been going so far.

ChildSuccessNYC is the Administration for Children’s Services’ (ACS) new model for family-based foster care. ChildSuccessNYC links evidence-based or evidence-informed practices with the goal of expediting permanency, reducing placement moves, and reducing caseworker caseloads. ACS is testing and evaluating the model with five foster care agencies this fiscal year and seeking a federal waiver with the intention of going system-wide. The model includes reduced caseloads and a higher administrative rate in the first years of implementation. You can learn more about ChildSuccessNYC here.

The participating agencies talked about the challenges of implementation, the experiences of their caseworkers, as well as the successes they have seen in terms of staff commitment to the model and the parents’ participation in the group processes. CCC looks forward to continuing to follow the implementation and the evaluation of the models.

Speakers included:

  • Benita Miller, Deputy Commissioner for Family Permanency Services, NYC Administration for Children’s Services
  • Dawn Saffayeh, Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning and Measurement, NYC Administration for Children’s Services
  • Allen Feltman, Director, Foster Boarding Homes, St. Dominic’s Home
  • Dr. Sylvia Rowlands, Senior Vice President, Evidence Based Programs, The New York Foundling
  • Paul Torres, Vice President, Foster Home Services, Jewish Child Care Association


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  • Sandra Killett says:

    New York City Children Services decided on Evidence Based Models that do not utilize Parent Advocates; and the models do not give families the opportunity to use their voice in the process. Families are not given the choice to decide where they would like to receive their services. I do not believe this is strength based. NYC Children Services currently has a pilot in Brooklyn Engaging Child Welfare Families: A Solution-Based Approach to Child Welfare Practice by Dr. Dana N. Christensen & Dr. Becky Antle which I would suggest CCC inquire about. It’s a family centered model of practice which takes in account family life challenges, tracks family life tasks incorporates collaborative teams which fuel the search for solutions. Furthermore, solution based casework is effective for engaging families in child welfare and the positive outcomes for their families. This would also be in line with the pilot in Queens on Family Assessment Response. Solution based casework is more likely to increase partnership between the families and the caseworker which will result in better outcomes. Soluction based casework can significantly lessen the possibility of children being removed from their families, which is what I believe we want, prevention and long lasting changes in the families life with more positive outcomes. Strength perspective from families, caseworkers actively involved and families involved in the development of their case plans which would be in line with family team conference and working with other parent advocates. Family, Parents and Community input=Prevention! More kids can remain with their families.

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