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EMPOWER programs are small, community-oriented programs certified by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to provide high-quality residential care to youth who are eligible for foster care placement and have experienced or are at-risk of sex trafficking. Created under the Families First Prevention Services Act, these programs are grounded in positive youth development and healing-centered engagement; they center youth as the experts in their experiences, needs, and goals.

Regulations

EMPOWER programs are established by law and governed by the rules and regulations of New York State. In addition to the EMPOWER-specific regulations, programs must also maintain compliance with the other regulations governing the certified setting in which an EMPOWER program operates.

Policies

The policies listed below are specific to certified EMPOWER programs. Many other policies (ADM) and informational memos (INFs) also apply to certified programs and their operating agencies.

Other Information

For more information about EMPOWER programs please contact your Regional Office or humantrafficking@ocfs.ny.gov