New York State Law and Regulations

While NYS foster care policies and standards are governed by the State, foster care and adoption services are administered at the county level, and local practice may widely between New York’s 58 autonomous social services districts.  (The five counties of New York City constitute one social service district.)  The situation is further complicated as the nature and extent of foster parent rights vary significantly according to the type of family court proceeding, and are codified in numerous separate sections of Social Services Law and the Family Court Act.  The following resources are offered to assist NYS foster parents and professionals in navigating NYS permanency planning laws and regulations.

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