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The Special Child Welfare Advisory Panel of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, created by the 1998 Marisol class action suit, has spent two years examining the work of New York City's Administration for Children's Services (ACS). This panel reviewed the operations of ACS, consulting with caseworkers, managers, lawyers and other advocates, birth parents, and foster families. The settlement agreement assigned the Panel the task of determining whether the ACS was acting in good faith in making efforts toward reform in the operational areas of New York City's child welfare system being reviewed. Part 1 presents an introduction to the issue. Part 2 examines changes in New York City's child welfare system over the past several years, incorporating statistical evidence and an examination of policy, system, and practice changes that have actually been implemented by ACS and contract agencies. Part 3 examines changes that are currently being implemented or planned. It is organized around recommendations and benchmarks in the Panel's prior reports. Part 4 identifies activities that would be most effective in producing further broad, lasting improvements in New York City's child welfare system, identifying two themes around which ACS could build its next set of reform efforts and suggesting concrete actions related to those themes. An appendix presents results from a questionnaire concerning front line and supervisory practice. (SM)

Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Health, Child Safety, Child Welfare, Family Programs, Foster Children, Foster Family, Social Services

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Autor: Nelson, Douglas W.; Vincent, Paul; Goodhand, Judith; Spigner, Carol Wilson; Mattingly, John


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