Office of Children and Family Services

Strategic Planning and Policy Development

Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Development

Foster Care

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 (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized 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 notes that contact between the child and his or her parent(s) is aimed at parenting the child, thus throughout it is called parenting time. For other family members, it is called visitation. 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-ADM-12
Provision of Dental Services for Children and Youth in Foster Care

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to inform local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) of the regulatory requirements regarding the provision of regular oral and/or dental care screenings and referral for necessary dental care.

17-OCFS-ADM-05
Use of the Foster and Adoptive Home Development (FAD) Stage in CONNECTIONS

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to mandate local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) to record vital information regarding the initial certification or approval, and the annual renewal or reauthorization of foster homes in specific sections of the Foster and Adoptive Home Development (FAD) stage in CONNECTIONS. This information must also be maintained in the external foster home case record. This release also reflects the requirement that LDSSs and VAs review at the time of the initial application for certification or approval information available in CONNECTIONS to determine whether prospective foster parents have previously held a certificate or letter of approval as a foster parent and whether such certificate or letter of approval was revoked, not renewed, or a foster child was removed from the foster home for health or safety reasons.

17-OCFS-ADM-01
Immunity from Liability When Applying the Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Standard

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to advise local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) of provisions of Part M of Chapter 54 of the Laws of 2016 (Chapter 54), which provide immunity from liability to foster parents, designated congregate care staff, VAs and LDSSs in regard to the application of the reasonable and prudent parent standard (the standard).

17-OCFS-LCM-09
Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Education and Training Voucher Program

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to provide guidance to local departments of social services (LDSSs) on the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2017 Education and Training Voucher (ETV) program. The ETV program is intended to help youth aging out of foster care to make the transition to self-sufficiency by receiving the education, training, and services necessary to obtain employment. This LCM also describes the application and appeal processes, eligibility criteria for awarding FFY 2017 ETV program funds, and the funding requirements for the program.

17-OCFS-LCM-08
Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Independent Living Allocations

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to inform local departments of social services (LDSSs) of the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) allocations from the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2017 funds. The allocations contained in this memorandum’s Attachment A may be used for Independent Living (IL) services expenditures made October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2017, and claimed by March 31, 2018. Such claims will be paid up to the amount of the allocation and subject to a 20 percent state/local match requirement. Unclaimed allocation amounts will be redistributed to other LDSSs that have claims in excess of the allocation, or used to support the New York State Office of Children and Family Services' (OCFS) activities related to implementation of the Chafee Foster Care Independence Act, allowing New York State to maximize its use of funds available under this federal funding stream.

17-OCFS-LCM-06
State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2017-18 Foster Care Block Grant Allocations

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to provide local departments of social services (LDSSs) with their Foster Care Block Grant allocations for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2017-18 and the corresponding program implications, as authorized by Chapter 53 of the Laws of 2017.

17-OCFS-INF-05
Changes to the OCFS-4930ASFA Request for NYS Fingerprinting Services Form for Foster Care and Adoption

The purpose of this Informational Letter (INF) is to inform local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) of changes to the OCFS-4930ASFA Request for NYS Fingerprinting Services form. The form changes are necessary because the fingerprint vendor, IdentoGO, is updating its scheduling website to offer a more user friendly experience; and a service code will replace the current Originating Agency Identification Number (ORI) and job or license type combination that applicants have used when scheduling. The new service code must be used when scheduling an appointment to ensure that the foster care and adoption fingerprint applicants are scheduling for the correct program area. The new service code and form can be used immediately

17-OCFS-INF-04
Release of Social Security Number of a Child in Foster Care for Section 8 Rental Assistance

The purpose of this Informational Letter (INF) is to provide information to local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) on the release of the Social Security number (SSN) of a child in foster care to his or her foster parent(s) for the purpose of recertifying or applying for Section 8 rental assistance.

17-OCFS-INF-01
Free Certified Copy of a U.S. Birth Certificate for Youth in Foster Care
  • DOH-4380 Mail-In Application for Copy of Birth Certificate
  • ACS's Request for Copies of Birth Certificate

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.

16-OCFS-ADM-20
Fingerprinting and Criminal History Record Checks for Foster and Adoptive Parents

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM is to provide updated and comprehensive instructions and guidance to local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) regarding the completion of state and national criminal history record checks in accordance with section 378-a (2) of the Social Services Law (SSL). This ADM also includes guidance on Part M of Chapter 54 of the Laws of 2016 (Chapter 54), which prohibits release of the results of criminal history record checks conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to VAs, consistent with federal standards that prohibit such dissemination directly to non-government entities. Please refer to the required action section and the attachment titled “What is New?” for specific information on the Chapter 54 provisions.

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 (LDSSs) 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-16
Casework Contacts for Children in Foster Care

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to advise local departments of social services (LDSSs) and Voluntary Agencies (VAs) of recent amendments to 18 NYCRR §§ 428.3, 430.11, 430.12 and 441.21. The amendments relate to casework contacts1 with children in foster care placed in foster boarding homes or facilities located outside of New York State (NYS) and those in foster care who are 18 years of age or older and attend educational or vocational programs within NYS.

16-OCFS-ADM-13
Requirements Relating to CPS Reports Involving Foster Parents

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to remind local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) of existing regulatory and policy requirements relating to reports of suspected child abuse or maltreatment involving certified or approved foster parents. The ADM also addresses other current regulatory and policy requirements that assist in the prevention of abuse or maltreatment of foster children in such placements. The requirements reflected in this ADM are intended to support coordination and cooperation among the LDSSs and VAs administering foster care and child protective services (CPS) programs with the goal of enhancing the safety and well-being of foster children placed in certified or approved foster homes.

16-OCFS-ADM-10
Continuation of the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (KInGap) to A Successor Guardian

The purpose of this New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Administrative Directive (ADM) is to provide an update to the information that was provided in 15-OCFS-ADM-15 to address the implementation of a provision enacted by the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (the Act) [P.L.113-183]. This provision relates to the continuation of Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (KinGAP) payments to a successor guardian if the original KinGAP relative guardian receiving KinGAP payments dies or is incapacitated. Implementation of this provision is necessary for New York State to continue to maintain a compliant Title IV-E State Plan, which is a condition for New York State and a local department of social services (LDSS) to receive federal funding for foster care, adoption assistance and KinGAP payments.

With the issuance of this policy, the previous policy 15-OCFS-ADM-15 is canceled and this ADM replaces it. This revised policy directive reflects recent New York statutory changes (Part M of Chapter 54 of the Laws of 2016) regarding the eligibility of successor guardians to receive reimbursement for non-recurring guardianship expenses.

This release only addresses the KinGAP continuation to a successor guardian provision of the Act. Other policy releases will address other requirements of the Act.

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 New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Administrative Directive (ADM) is to inform local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) of the requirements regarding the response to youth who are absent without consent, missing or abducted 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 (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized 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. 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-ADM-01
New York State Education Department Historical Data for Children in Foster Care

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to advise local department of social services (LDSS) and voluntary authorized agencies of an update to CONNECTIONS that provides historical education records and data from the New York State Education Department (SED), which can be used for the purpose of addressing educational stability of children in foster care.

16-OCFS-INF-02
Release of Foster Children's Social Security Numbers by Local Departments of Social Services for Income Tax Purposes

The purpose of this release is to provide information to local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) on the release of the social security number (SSN) of a child in foster care to his or her foster parent(s) for the purpose of filing income tax returns.

16-OCFS-LCM-16
Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Independent Living Allocations

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to transmit to local departments of social services (LDSSs) the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) allocations from the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016 funds. The allocations contained in this memorandum’s Attachment A may be used for Independent Living (IL) services expenditures made October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016, and claimed by March 31, 2017, and will be paid up to the amount of the allocation and subject to a 20 percent state/local match requirement. Unclaimed allocation amounts will be redistributed to other LDSSs that have claims in excess of the allocation, or used to support the New York State Office of Children and Family Services' (OCFS) activities related to implementation of the Chafee Foster Care Independence Act, allowing New York State to maximize its use of funds available under this federal funding stream.

This LCM advises LDSSs that they must be in compliance with all provisions set forth in 02-OCFS-LCM-05, issued on February 28, 2002, including the assurances made to the U.S. Department of Health and Human (DHHS) Services listed in Attachment B of that memorandum, to be eligible for reimbursement from CFCIP funds.

16-OCFS-LCM-14
State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2016-17 Foster Care Block Grant Allocations

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to provide local departments of social services (LDSSs) with their Foster Care Block Grant allocations for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2016-17 and the corresponding program implications, as authorized by Chapter 53 of the Laws of 2016.

16-OCFS-LCM-13
Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Education and Training Voucher Program

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to provide guidance to local departments of social services (LDSSs) on the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2016 Education and Training Voucher (ETV) program. The ETV program is intended to help youth aging out of foster care to make the transition to self-sufficiency and receive the education, training, and services necessary to obtain employment. This LCM also describes the application process, eligibility criteria for awarding FFY 2016 ETV program funds, and the funding requirements.

16-OCFS-LCM-04
Federal Administration for Children and Families Final Report on the 2015 Subsequent Primary Title IV-E Foster Care Eligibility Review

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to inform local departments of social services (LDSSs) that New York State (NYS) was recently found to be in substantial compliance with federal Title IV-E child and provider eligibility requirements by the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF). This determination was based on the subsequent primary Title IV-E Foster Care Eligibility Review (FCER), completed at the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) in Rensselaer during the week of September 14 – September 18, 2015. NYS passed the 2015 FCER with two error cases. This LCM transmits the attached ACF Final Report on the 2015 FCER issued by ACF on January 29, 016.

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].

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].

15-OCFS-ADM-18
New York State Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in Foster Care

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to notify local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) of important changes in federal law and corresponding amendments to state regulations that impact the New York State Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in Foster Care (Bill of Rights) form and the required distribution of the form to youth in foster care who are 14 years of age and older due to enactment of the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act [the Act] (P.L. 113-183).

15-OCFS-ADM-17
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Medicaid to Age 26

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to inform local departments of social services (LDSSs), including the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) of changes pertaining to requirements for Medical Assistance (Medicaid) eligibility under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) [P.L. 111-148] for youth and young adults formerly in foster care who are under the age of 26 years and the continuing option to provide Medicaid to age 21, under the Foster Care Independence Act (FCIA) of 1999 [P.L. 106-169], for those youth and young adults who are at least 18 years of age or older at the time of discharge from care and who were not in receipt of Medicaid at that time.

15-OCFS-ADM-14
Revised Model Contract for Purchase of Foster Care Services

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to notify local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) of the most recent revisions made to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) model contract for the purchase of foster care services. The revised model contract for the purchase of foster care services outlined in this ADM replaces the model contract issued in 13-OCFS-ADM-08 and cancels that ADM.

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.

15-OCFS-ADM-11
Maximum State Aid Rates for Foster Care Programs and Residential Programs for Committee on Special Education Placements - Effective July 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to issue Maximum State Aid Rates (MSARs) for Foster Care Programs and In-State Committee on Special Education (CSE) Maintenance Rates for State Education Department (SED)-Approved Residential Schools, effective July 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016.

15-OCFS-ADM-07
Maximum State Aid Rates (MSARs) for Foster Care Programs and Residential Programs for Committee on Special Education Placements - Effective April 1, 2015, through June 30, 2015

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to implement the second statutory trend factor (STF) for direct care staff, direct support professionals and clinical staff included in the enacted budget for State Fiscal Year 2014-15, as authorized by Part I of Chapter 60 of the Laws of 2014.

15-OCFS-ADM-05 - Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994 as Amended by the Interethnic Adoption Provisions of 1996

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to provide local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) information on the requirements of the Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994 (MEPA), as amended by the Interethnic Adoption Provisions (IEP) of The Small Business Job Protection Act of 1996.

15-OCFS-ADM-04
Per Diem Chargeback Rates for OCFS-Operated Facilities and Programs – Final for CY 2011

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to publish Final Per Diem Chargeback Rates for Calendar Year (CY) 2011 for care provided to youth placed in facilities and programs operated by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).

15-OCFS-ADM-03
Per Diem Chargeback Rates for OCFS-Operated Facilities and Programs – Interim Calendar Year (CY) 2012 Rates for January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to publish Interim Chargeback Rates in effect for Calendar Year (CY) 2012 for care provided to youth placed in facilities and programs operated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).

15-OCFS-ADM-01
Definition of Siblings and Expansion of the Relative Notification Requirements

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to address implementation of provisions of the recently enacted federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (P.L.113-183) regarding the appropriate notification of relatives when a child is removed from his or her home. The policy also addresses an associated clarification of the definition of a sibling.

15-OCFS-INF-05
Revised SSL Judicial and Extra-Judicial Surrender Forms and Attachments (rev. 7/17/15)

The purpose of this Informational Letter (INF) is to inform local departments of social services (LDSSs) and voluntary authorized agencies (VAs) of the issuance by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) of revised prescribed surrender and attachment forms associated with surrenders executed in accordance with section 383-c of the Social Services Law (SSL). The revised forms include:

  • Judicial Surrender (OCFS 4315)
  • Attachment A to the Judicial Conditional Surrender (OCFS 4315A)
  • Extra Judicial Surrender (OCFS 4316)
  • Attachment A to the Extra Judicial Surrender Form (OCFS 4316A)
15-OCFS-INF-04
NYS 2015-16 Enacted Budget - OCFS Care and Maintenance Cost for OCFS Operated Facilities

The 2015-16 Enacted Budget caps the amount that can be billed to local departments of social services (LDSS), including New York City (NYC), for the cost of care of youth placed in the New York State (NYS) Office of Children and Family Services’ (OCFS) juvenile facilities.

15-OCFS-INF-03
Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (P.L. 113-183)

The purpose of this Informational Letter (INF) is to notify Local Departments of Social Services (LDSSs) and Voluntary Authorized Agencies (VAs) of the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (the Act) [P.L. 113-183], and to outline the key provisions that impact child welfare.

15-OCFS-LCM-13
FY 2016 Foster Care Block Grant Allocations

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is to provide local departments of social services (LDSSs) with their Foster Care Block Grant allocations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 and the corresponding program implications, as authorized by Chapter 53 of the Laws of 2015.

15-OCFS-LCM-09
Federal Fiscal Year 2015 Independent Living Allocations

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to transmit to Local Departments of Social Services (LDSSs) the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) allocations from the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 funds.

15-OCFS-LCM-07
Federal Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Education and Training Voucher Programs

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to provide guidance to local departments of social services (LDSSs) on the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2015-2016 Education and Training Voucher (ETV) program.

15-OCFS-LCM-04
District Tuition Reimbursement for Educationally Handicapped Children Placed in Child Care Institutions or Residential Treatment Facilities for Children and Youth by Local Social Services Districts, OCFS or Family Court, or Who Are Admitted to Blythedale Children’s Hospital for the 2014-2015 School Year

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is requesting your review of student placement data for the 2014-2015 school year for educationally handicapped children who were reported to OCFS by local districts of social services (LDSSs) pursuant to Section 4006 of the Education Law.

14-OCFS-LCM-16
Medical Consents for Destitute Children

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to inform local departments of social services (LDSS) of the provisions of Chapter 279 of the Laws of 2014 that went into effect on August 11, 2014.

14-OCFS-LCM-15
Accurate Reporting of Kinship Foster Care Placements

The purpose of the Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to provide information to local departments of social services (LDSS) on a new field that must be entered to report kinship (relative) foster care placements in the child welfare reporting system, Child Care Review Service (CCRS). This new requirement is not a change in practice in regards to best interests’ decisions for placements and relative placements (09-OCFS-ADM-04); rather, it is intended to be used to more accurately reflect the data on foster care placements.

14-OCFS-ADM-01
Termination of Notification of Subsequent Arrests in Closed Foster and Adoptive Homes

The purpose of this Administrative Directive is to set forth the process that must be used by social services districts and voluntary authorized agencies to notify the Criminal History Review Unit (CHRU) of the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) when:

  1. An application for certification or approval of a prospective foster parent or a prospective adoptive parent has been withdrawn or denied after a criminal history record check has been completed by OCFS;
  2. A foster home is closed and the foster parents in such foster home are no longer certified or approved; or
  3. A person who was an approved adoptive parent is no longer approved by the authorized agency.

Timely notification of OCFS by the authorized agency is necessary to prevent the unauthorized release of criminal history information and to support compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory standards relating to criminal history record checks.

13-OCFS-LCM-02
Federal Administration for Children and Families Final Report on the 2012 Title IV-E Primary Foster Care Eligibility Review

The purpose of this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM) is to inform Local Departments of Social Services (local districts) that New York State was recently found to be in substantial compliance with federal Title IV-E child and provider eligibility requirements by the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

12-OCFS-ADM-03
New Requirement Regarding Educational Stability of Foster Children

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, the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (P.L.112-34), which went into effect on October 1, 2011.

12-OCFS-INF-04
Educational Stability of Foster Children: OCFS, State Education Department and NYS Uniform Court System Field Guidance

The purpose of this Informational Letter (INF) is to provide information to child welfare staff of local departments of social services (LDSS) and voluntary agencies (VA), local educational agencies (school districts, charter schools, and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services - BOCES) and the judiciary about requirements related to the educational stability of foster children.

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-07
Incarcerated Parents and Parents in Residential Substance Abuse Treatment with Children in Foster Care: Termination of Parental Rights and Other Issues

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to inform social services districts (districts) and voluntary authorized agencies (agencies) of Chapter 113 of the Laws of 2010 (Chapter 113) which was signed into law on June 15th, 2010.

11-OCFS-ADM-04
Religious Designation of a Foster Child and a Child Being Placed for Adoption

The purpose of this Administrative Directive (ADM) is to remind social services districts and voluntary authorized agencies of their legal and programmatic obligations in regard to the religious designation of a child in making foster care and adoptive placements.

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.

11-OCFS-INF-07
Eligibility for Free School Meals – Foster Children & Children Placed by Court with Caretaker Households

The purpose of this Informational Letter (INF) is to advise local departments of social services (LDSS) and voluntary authorized agencies (VA) of the new provisions enacted in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

11-OCFS-INF-03
Parent Notification of a Child’s Foster Care Placement Change

The purpose of this Informational Letter (INF) is to provide local social services districts (districts) and voluntary authorized agencies (agencies) with information on a recognized best practice when there is a change of foster care placement of a child.

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