February 6, 2013
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.