Office of Children and Family Services

Strategic Planning and Policy Development

Desk Aids

Step-By-Step Guidance on Distribution and Review of the Bill of Rights for Youth Age 14 and Older

P.L. 113-184 established the mandate that all youth in foster care who are age 14 or older must be given the Bill of Rights for Youth in Foster Care which was released with 15-OCFS-ADM-18. Those rights must be explained to each youth, and the youth must be encouraged to sign the Bill of Rights. The youth's signature acknowledges that he/she has received the Bill of Rights and has had his or her rights explained. The signed copy is then placed in the youth's case record.

Pub. 5181 provides guidance to caseworkers on the requirements around the Bill of Rights and the steps involved in completing all required actions associated with the Bill of Rights, including activities involving the Service Plan Review (SPR), the FASP, and required entries into CONNECTIONS. It also explains how to handle the situation where the youth refused to sign the document.
Step-By-Step Guidance on Distribution and Review of the Bill of Rights for Youth Age 14 and Older. Pub. 5181

Foster Care Casework Contacts Desk Aid

In partnership with the CWCS Albany Regional Office, the Foster Care Casework Contacts Desk Aid was recently revised. The desk aid provides information on foster care face-to-face contacts required by 18 NYCRR 441.21. The desk aid provides information on requirements for contacts with the child, the parents/relatives, and the caretaker, addressing both frequency and location of the contact.

Clearance Chart for Certified or Approved Foster Homes Desk Aid

In partnership with NYCRO and Home Office, the Bureau of Policy Analysis has developed a desk aid that specifies clearance protocols for certified and approved foster parents, and other persons who reside in certified or approved foster homes. This Clearance Chart includes the stage of certification or approval in which criminal history records checks, state central register (SCR) checks, and staff exclusion list (SEL) checks must be completed, and identifies for which population these checks are required. It also provides references to the regulations and related policies.
Pub 5183 - Clearance Chart for Certified or Approved Foster Homes

Background Check Chart for Residential Programs for Victims of Domestic Violence Desk Aid

In partnership with the CWCS and OCFS Legal, the Bureau of Policy Analysis has developed a desk aid that specifies background check protocols that are now required for prospective employees, volunteers, consultants, and contractors with the potential for regular and substantial contact with children at the publicly-funded emergency shelters, which includes residential programs for victims of domestic violence. This background check chart includes when residential programs for victims of domestic violence are required to conduct Statewide Central Register (SCR) database checks, Staff Exclusion List (SEL) reviews, and DCJS criminal history checks. The background check chart identifies for which population these checks are required.
Pub 5157 - Background Check Chart for Residential Programs for Victims of Domestic Violence

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