New Report Indicates Child-Welfare Systems in New York and Around the Country are Putting Family First

The Annie E Casey Foundation found that from 2007 to 2017, placements of children and youth with relatives or in family settings rose to 86%, an increase of five percentage points. Photo: PxHere

NEW YORK – For children who are separated from their parents, child-welfare systems in New York and around the country are putting family first, according to a new report.

The Annie E Casey Foundation found that from 2007 to 2017, placements of children and youth with relatives or in family settings rose to 86%, an increase of five percentage points. 

According to Lisa Ghartey-Ogundimu, deputy commissioner for Child Welfare and Community Services with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, the number of children in foster care in New York has dropped significantly, and the vast majority are placed in families.

“We’ve gone from a high of 26,000 children to about 15,000 kids in care now, with a small percentage – about 2,800 – in residential settings,” says Ghartey-Ogundimu.


Big Tech is using a content filtering system for online censorship. Watch our short video about NewsGuard to learn how they control the narrative for the Lamestream Media and help keep you in the dark. NewsGuard works with Big-Tech to make it harder for you to find certain content they feel is 'missing context' or stories their editors deem "not in your best interest" - regardless of whether they are true and/or factually accurate. They also work with payment processors and ad-networks to cut off revenue streams to publications they rate poorly by their same bias standards. This should be criminal in America. You can bypass this third-world nonsense by signing up for featured stories by email and get the good stuff delivered right to your inbox.

Research has shown that foster children do better when placed with relatives they know and trust. The 2017 numbers for New York are still under review, but available data show in 2016, 82% of children in New York’s child-welfare system lived in families.

Rob Geen, director of policy and advocacy reform with the Annie E Casey Foundation, points out that placing children with grandparents or other relatives improves their chances of success. 

“They’re more likely to finish school, they’re more likely to be employed or find employment later, they’re less likely to become early parents,” says Geen. “That is one trend which is really important – we’re using relatives more.”

New York is one of 13 states where counties are responsible for administering child-welfare services while the state maintains oversight.

When child protective workers are called to a home, their focus is on the children’s immediate safety. So, Ghartey-Ogundimu says New York has invested in developing kinship navigators to assist in family placements if removal from the home is necessary.

“The navigator can be the person to ask the family, ‘Who are your resources? If you’re in need, who would you call?’ And then, start working on certifying the family,” says Ghartey-Ogundimu.

She says the kinship navigators are instrumental in keeping the focus on putting families first to meet children’s needs.

Get great news content like this for your business website. Search engines love sites with frequently updated quality content and reward them with better search rankings. Get High Quality Content Updates for your site.
Comment via Facebook

Corrections: If you are aware of an inaccuracy or would like to report a correction, we would like to know about it. Please consider sending an email to and cite any sources if available. Thank you. (Policy)