Helpful Tips for Making a FOIL Request

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Helpful Tips for Making a FOIL Request

Helpful Tips

Before filing a FOIL request, review the caveats below.

Records Maintained by OCFS

Be aware of what records OCFS does and does not maintain.

CPS/ACS Records

If you are requesting records related to reports of child abuse and maltreatment, send your request in writing to the New York Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR) at:

SCR Service Center
P.O. Box 4480
Albany, New York 12204

These records are not releasable under FOIL. If you submit a request through FOIL for CPS/ACS records, your request will be denied and you will be sent the above information that describes how to request these types of records.

CPS/ACS Records from Out-of-State Entities or Other Agencies

If you are requesting child abuse and maltreatment records from an out-of-state public entity or another child protective services agency, please fax your requests directly to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR).

For your request to be processed

You may send your fax directly to 518-486-3424.

If you request these records through FOIL, your request will be denied and you will be directed to follow the process described above.

Records for Youth in Custody

If you are requesting youth records while a youth was in the care or custody of OCFS, then your request should be directed to OCFS’s Division of Legal Affairs, Juvenile Justice Unit. These records should not be requested under FOIL, as Executive Law Section 501-c governs access to records of youth in care. Any requests for youth records should be directed to the following address:

New York State Office of Children and Family Services
Division of Legal Affairs, Juvenile Justice Unit
52 Washington Street
North Building, Room 224
Rensselaer, NY 12144

Help Decrease the Processing Time

When submitting a records request, the following suggestions may decrease the processing time:

For more information about FOIL, please visit the New York State Committee on Open Government’s website.