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Adolescent Support Policy Listing

17-OCFS-ADM-14 - Family Visiting Policy for Children in Foster Care

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to advise local departments of social services (s) and voluntary agencies (VAs) of the need to develop a written policy, consistent with the safety and best interests of the child, related to regular parenting time (visitation by the parent of the child in foster care) and family visitation for children in foster care. This ADM provides guidance to LDSSs and VAs on developing a written policy, which should also be developed in consultation with relevant stakeholders and made available to families and stakeholders no later than 90 days from the release of this ADM.

17-OCFS-INF-01 - Free Certified Copy of a United States Birth Certificate for Youth in Foster Care

The purpose of this Informational Letter (INF) is to provide guidance to local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary agencies (VAs) on how to request a free certified copy of a United States (U.S.) birth certificate for a youth in foster care in preparation for the youth’s discharge from foster care.

17-OCFS-INF-03 - New York State Processes Related to Notification of Victims of Human Trafficking

The purpose of this Informational Letter (INF) is to explain differences between certain requirements (detailed in 15-OCFS-ADM-16) to identify, document, and report child victims of trafficking, and the process of confirming human trafficking victimhood; a process managed by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).

16-OCFS-ADM-18 - Placement, Visitation, and Contact for Siblings in Foster Care

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to advise local departments of social services (s) and voluntary agencies (VAs) of the provisions of Chapter 242 of the Laws of 2016 (the Chapter). The Chapter amends various provisions of the Family Court Act (FCA) and the Social Services Law (SSL) that pertain to contact and visitation between siblings (including half-siblings) when one or more of the siblings have been removed from their home.

16-OCFS-ADM-09 - Protocols and Procedures for Locating and Responding to Children and Youth Missing From Foster Care and Non-Foster Care

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to advise local departments of social services (s) and voluntary agencies (VAs) of the requirements regarding the response to youth who are absent without consent, missing or abducted1 from care or home as set forth in the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (the Act) [P.L. 113-183] and regulation at 18 NYCRR 431.8, and who are: in foster care (care and custody or guardianship and custody of LDSS or OCFS); in an open child protective services or preventive services case; receiving federally funded independent living services; under the supervision of the social services district pursuant to a court order; or under 21 years of age, discharged to another planned living arrangement with a permanency resource (APPLA), or deemed to have been discharged to APPLA, and under the supervision of the social services district. This ADM provides guidance on locating a child/youth who is absent without consent, missing, or abducted from either foster care or their home, as well as direction to caseworkers for responding once the youth returns to care.

16-OCFS-ADM-08 - Permanency Hearing Notification and Participation Requirements

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to advise local departments of social services (s) and voluntary agencies (VAs) regarding the provisions of Chapter 573 of the Laws of 2015 as amended by Chapter 14 of the Laws of 2016. These chapters amend Article 10-A of the Family Court Act (FCA) in relation to the notification and participation of children in foster care 10 years of age or older in their permanency hearings.

16-OCFS-ADM-02 - Regulations Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment in Child Welfare and Youth Programs

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to advise local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) of provisions in 9 NYCRR §§ 180.5(a)(6), 182-1.5(g)(1) and 182-2.5(g)(1), and in 18 NYCRR §§ 421.3(d), 423.4(m)(7), 441.19(d) and 441.24, several of which became effective on November 6, 2013.1 These regulations prohibit discrimination and harassment by LDSS and VA staff, volunteers, and certified or approved foster parents against applicants for adoption services, families receiving preventive services, prospective foster parents, foster parents and foster children, youth in runaway and homeless youth (RHY) programs, and youth in detention on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, religion, or disability, in order to promote and maintain a safe environment for children, youth, and families that the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) serves.

16-OCFS-INF-10 - Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE)

The purpose of this Informational Letter (INF) is to provide staff with guidance and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE). The goal of providing education and resources on SOGIE terminology is to promote a safe and respectful environment for all children, youth, and adults.

16-OCFS-INF-04 - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Family Acceptance Project Release: A Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children

The purpose of this Informational Letter is to inform local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary agencies (VAs) of the availability of A Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children, a resource guide released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Family Acceptance Project.

15-OCFS-ADM-22 - Case Planning for Youth in Foster Care 14 Years of Age or Older

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to address the implementation of provisions of the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (the Act) [P.L. 113-183] that focus on case and transition planning for youth in foster care 14 years of age or older.

15-OCFS-ADM-21 - Supporting Normative Experiences for Children, Youth, and Young Adults in Foster Care: Applying a Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to provide information to local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) regarding the requirement to implement the reasonable and prudent parent standard (the standard) set forth in the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (the Act) [P.L. 113-183]. This ADM includes (1) definitions of the standard, caregiver, and age or developmentally appropriate activities, (2) opportunities for implementing the standard utilizing the Family Assessment Service Plan (FASP) and Service Plan Review (SPR), and (3) considerations for applying the standard, including the issue of caretaker liability.

15-OCFS-ADM-20 - Transition Planning with Youth for a Successful Discharge

The purpose of this New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Administrative Directive (ADM) is to provide local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) with guidance on how to develop and implement a transition plan with all youth to prepare them for a successful adulthood and to discuss the specific transition plan requirements that are required for youth age 18 and older who are exiting foster care.

15-OCFS-ADM-19 - Planning for a Successful Adulthood: Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement with a Permanency Resource (APPLA) for Youth 16 Years of Age and Older

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to address the implementation of several provisions of the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (the Act) [P.L. 113-183]. This ADM focuses on amending Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement with a Permanency Resource (APPLA) as a permanency planning goal (PPG) by eliminating APPLA for children in foster care under 16 years of age and adding new criteria to what the state must document and the court must consider at a permanency hearing where APPLA is the requested permanency plan.

15-OCFS-ADM-13 - Required Annual Credit Checks for Youth and Young Adults in Foster Care 14 Years of Age and Older

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to advise local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) of a change in the federal law that requires states to request consumer reports for youth in foster care who have attained 14 years of age. Prior to the law changing, the age was 16 years.

13-OCFS-INF-01 - The Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Act and Building Competent Communities for Youth Suicide Prevention

The purpose of the Informational Letter is to inform local social services districts and other agencies about the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Act Grant awarded in 2011 to the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH).

12-OCFS-ADM-07 - Required Annual Credit Checks for Foster Children, 16 Years of Age and Older

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to advise local departments of social services (LDSS) and voluntary authorized agencies of an important new provision of federal law, added by the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (P.L.112-34) pertaining to foster youth identity theft, which went into effect on October 1, 2011.

11-OCFS-ADM-09 - Reproductive Health and Services for Youth in Foster Care

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to advise local departments of social services (LDSS) and voluntary authorized agencies of the requirements pertaining to reproductive health services for youth in foster care.

11-OCFS-ADM-02 - Re-entry into Foster Care by Former Foster Care Youth between the Ages of 18 and 21

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to advise local departments of social services (LDSS) and voluntary authorized agencies of the provisions of Chapter 342 of the Laws of 2010 and related amendments to federal and state law. Chapter 342 permits former foster youth between the ages of 18 and 21 to re-enter foster care under certain circumstances, and requires LDSS to provide notice to a youth transitioning out of care of his or her right to re-enter care. Chapter 342 became effective November 11, 2010.

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