Legislation to Provide Children in Foster Care the NYS Right to Visit their Siblings

Waiting Children who Need Homes

While the number of children in foster care in New York State has decreased from 53,902 children in 1995 to 15,820 as of December 31, 2018, there are still hundreds of children who are legally freed for adoption and need a family to provide for them a loving permanent home.

Coalition’s Summer Book Read 2019

Please join us for the Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York’s “Summer Book Read”! This year, we will be reading Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens together.

Legislation to Provide Children in Foster Care the NYS Right to Visit their Siblings

Law Provides Children in Foster Care the Right to Visit their Siblings

Sibling relationships are tremendously important particularly when children face difficult circumstances like foster care. I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this legislation and bringing fairness to our foster care system. This action will lead to stronger relationships and families in communities across the state.

The New York State Family Court Process

From its inception, and for its duration, every foster care case is a Court case. The child and parent remain within and subject to the jurisdiction of the Court and the case remains with the same Judge until the child is discharged from foster care, whether by reunification with his birth family, release into the legal custody or guardianship of a relative or adoption.

African hair has always had specific political and cultural meaning. “The braids on black people’s heads in pre-colonial Africa were like very detailed ID cards. They showed everything from tribal affiliations to how much wealth a person had,”

New York Foster Parent Legal Status and Rights

Under New York law, foster parents lack standing to petition the Court for legal custody of a foster child currently or formerly in their care or for visitation with a former foster child.

20 Responsibilities of the Culturally Competent Adoptive Parent

When They Close Your Home for Foster Care

The Foster Care agency that issued the Certificate may revoke it provided it gives the foster parent 20 days advance written notice, sets forth its reason or reasons and offers the foster parent a meeting with an agency official to discuss its decision (18 N.Y.C.R.R. 443.11).

False Allegations of Abuse and Neglect

Anyone who works with adopted and foster kids realizes that things are not always what they seem. Maltreated kids see all families as potential abusers, and if we don’t deal with the situation positively it hurts everyone.

New York State Foster Care Rate Info

Foster Care boarding home rates differ significantly in New York’s 58 social services districts as each local district (LDSS) or county is allowed to set its own rates. The state only determines the maximum amounts it will reimburse to the local districts as each local district is allowed to set its own rates within state guidelines.

Black hair and the ways in which it is worn are a significant part of black culture. By helping your child in styling and caring for their hair, you can help them to connect with, and take pride in, that part of their cultural heritage.

Kinship Care Option A: Direct Placement

Child was removed by CPS and placed by Family Court order |
Kin Caregiver has temporary legal custody | The case worker and court provide may provide supervision | May be eligible as a household for Temporary Assistance | Not eligible for adoption subsidy or KinGap services | Parents have the right to visit but cannot regain custody without a court order | Kinship diversion is come times used by agencies to provide the family—instead of the courts—with more control over what happens to the child, and to help avoid placing the child in foster care.

Talking to Kids About Adoption

Sharing the Pain

This child comes to you in great pain, having lost family and hope in probably one of the most disruptive and frightening things that could happen to a child. His family, though perhaps dysfunctional in the extreme, has also lost something precious–a child: their stake in the future, their hopes for the continuing of their family. Is it fair that you should be the only part of this equation that is not supposed to experience pain?

When I Become a Foster Parent…

These kids understand how hard foster parenting is. To help those who are behind in school. To love and nurture children who are struggling with their emotions, their behavior, their ability to trust. These kids know that to do this job well demands enormous patience, stamina, and generosity of heart.

45 Suggested Supports for Youth Transitioning From Care

“Permanency is a feeling that is different for everyone, it is not bound by time nor can it be measured. It has to be discovered and often times it has to be tested, and rejected more than once before permanency can be established. Permanency is so hard to understand because it is a conceptual idea of an emotion and is received on both ends very differently for every person. There is no straight “by the book” definition of permanency because the emotions I feel cannot be felt by anyone else, and that’s the great thing about it.”

New York State Statute & Regulation on Sibling Placement

Parenting Tips: Attention Deficit Disorder

Sometimes, going through a traumatic event can cause real attention problems. But trauma and ADHD can be confused in diagnosis because the symptoms of trauma mimic those of ADHD.

Open Adoption Grief and Open Adoption

Disclosure of Information in Adoption

By law, medical and psychological information about the child and the child’s birth parents must be provided to prospective foster parents and upon request to the foster parent if the child is already in foster care. Additionally, when a child leaves foster care, the medical histories must be provided to the child directly and upon request to any adopted former foster child.

Wrongful Adoption Litigation & Practice

Courts have recognized a duty to disclose known material information about a child’s health and social background to prospective adoptive families. In the face of a breach of this duty to disclose, courts have held agencies liable and awarded adoptive families monetary damages.

New York State Bar Association’s Adoption in New York

This pamphlet has been prepared to assist you in understanding some of the basic adoption laws and
procedures in the State of New York. New York is a progressive and reasonable State in relation to its views and laws on adoption.

Placement of Children With Relatives

In order for states to receive federal payments for foster care and adoption assistance, federal law under title IV-E of the Social Security Act requires that they “consider giving preference to an adult relative over a nonrelated caregiver when determining a placement for a child, provided that the relative caregiver meets all relevant state child protection standards.”

From Foster Parent to Adoptive Parent

Children adopted from foster care bring with them the background and experiences of their birth family and any prior foster care placements which will have to be incorporated into family life. Doing so requires honoring the child’s birth heritage and positive memories and building upon them. In this and other respects, parenting adopted children is different than parenting children by birth.

New York State OCFS Policy Directives

Policy Directives are how the Office of Children and Family Services communicate down the local Department of Social Services offices in each county. A selection of recent NYS Office of Children and Families Services policy directives of particular interest to foster and adoptive families.

Top Ten Ethical Considerations In Open Adoption Practice

New York State Adoption Subsidy

The New York State Adoption Subsidy is intended to help provide permanency for children with special needs in public foster care by offering ongoing financial and medical assistance, also known as an adoption subsidy, to adoptive families.

my son came with trauma I could barely comprehend

Calculating the Amount of Adoption Subsidy Based on Income

In New York State, monthly adoption subsidy payments continue until the child is 21, unless the adoptive parent is no longer legally responsible for the support of the child or the child is no longer receiving any support from the adoptive parent. The adoption subsidy is supposed to follow the child.

Tips on Cross Cultural/Trans Racial Adoption

Adoption Tax Credits and Benefits

For adoptions finalized* in 2018, the adoption tax credit is up to $13,810 per child. The 2018 adoption tax credit is not a refundable credit, which means you only benefit from the credit if you have federal income tax liability

Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Adopt

Domestic Infant Adoption

When most people think about adoption, Domestic Infant Adoption, or DIA, is what they have in mind.. Domestic adoption (or private domestic adoption) usually refers to the placement of U.S.-born infants for adoption by their original parents, who legally consent to the adoption with an adoptive family of their choosing.

knowing I could be reunited with my family made me overjoyed.

Parent-Child Visits: Managing the Challenges, Reaping the Rewards

If you are a foster and kinship care provider, you know visits can also be extremely difficult for everyone involved. When a visit occurs, it is sometimes accompanied by visit-related upheaval in the child’s emotions and behavior, complex scheduling and logistics, and other challenges.

Planned, Purposeful and Progressive Visits

VIDEO: Best Practices In Dependency: Planned, Purposeful and Progressive Visits

Rose Wentz,reviews a four-step decision making process for developing a visit plan to meet a child’s needs and enable parents to improve parenting skills. She also looks at how to develop a visit plan that will meet the goal of allowing children to have a safe visit in the most natural and home-like situation.

Dealing with Adoptee Fears of Loss

Facilitating Contact by Assessing Family Strengths

The goal of a foster parent is to care for the child while their biological parents cannot. Birth parents have a legal right to visits while their children are in care. Visits are also beneficial for the children and necessary for their emotional health even if they seem upset or out of sorts after a visit.

Visits with birth families

Helping Children with Family Connections

If children lose the feeling of connectedness with their families, then they may have lost a big piece of their identity and have difficulty answering the question, “Who am I?” Whether children have a lot, a little contact or no contact with birth families, they have dreams and feelings about their families.

Visit Coaching: Meeting Children’s Needs

Visit Coaching: Meeting Children’s Needs

Visit coaching is fundamentally different from supervised visits. Instead of watching the family, the coach is actively involved in supporting them to demonstrate their best parenting skills and make each visit fun for the children.

CCI is an organization created by and for Chinese adoptees with the goal to empower Chinese adoptees from all over the world by providing an inclusive and supportive community for all of us who share this common beginning.

CCI: China’s Children International

CCI is an organization created by and for Chinese adoptees with the goal to empower Chinese adoptees from all over the world by providing an inclusive and supportive community for all of us who share this common beginning.

AKA: Also Known As

The mission of Also-Known-As is to empower the voice of adult international adoptees, build cultural bridges, transform perceptions of race, and acknowledge the loss of the birth country, culture, language and biological family experienced by international adoptees

African hair has always had specific political and cultural meaning. “The braids on black people’s heads in pre-colonial Africa were like very detailed ID cards. They showed everything from tribal affiliations to how much wealth a person had,”

Adoption, Race, and Where’s the Hairbrush?

African hair has always had specific political and cultural meaning. “The braids on black people’s heads in pre-colonial Africa were like very detailed ID cards. They showed everything from tribal affiliations to how much wealth a person had,”

Confronting your own inner racism when considering adoption

Confronting Your Own Inner Racism when Considering Adoption

It’s important for parents who are considering this to really be honest with themselves about whether or not this is a reflection on their own internalized racism, why it is they think those things, and what messages they might be delivering to their kids.

The-Realities-of-Raising-a-Kid-of-a-Different-Race

The Realities of Raising a Kid of a Different Race

Wells knew that raising a black son wouldn’t always be easy. “But what I have been surprised by is this: At no point in the process of considering transracial adoption did I think I would have to teach my son how to stay alive.”

The Invisible Realities of Adoption

Four Tips and Resources for “Post-Race” Parenting

Terry Keleher is a parent and racial justice educator with the Applied Research Center, which publishes ColorLines.com. Read his essay on being a white father of an adopted black son here. Below, he offers some actionable advice for racially conscious parenting in a supposedly colorblind world.

White parents see racism directed at their black kids.

America Soured on My Multiracial Family

We quickly discovered that if you’re the white parents of an adopted black child, and you’re in the public eye at all, men and women will viciously criticize you for having the audacity to believe that you can raise your kid.

If you are an adoptive parent, use these tips to support your child through an incident that may cause racial trauma:

Empowering Adopted Children of Color in the Face of Racism and Discrimination

While a white parent may be able to feel grief or feel brokenhearted about incidents that cause racial trauma, the difference is that they do not feel vulnerable or targeted. Being able to honestly acknowledge that you, as a parent, cannot understand the incident in the same way, while also showing compassion, will encourage children and teens to openly discuss these incidents when they do occur.

Tips on Cross Cultural/Trans Racial Adoption

Tips on Cross Cultural/Trans Racial Adoption

The parents may feel that the adoption was a success because they loved the child, the child has appeared to do well in life, and the family has never faced significant issues related to the racial or cultural challenge.

Join the New York Adoption Information Registry

Join the New York Adoption Information Registry

The New York State Health Department maintains a Free Adoption Registry that can help an adoption search and even facilitate a reunion. It is a mutual consent registry which means that both parties searching must be signed up for a match to be made.

The What, Why and How of Cultural Competence

Community demographics are continuing to evolve nationwide, making the need for culturally competent organizations more prevalent than ever. In this article, we will discuss what this means for you as a provider of social services, and how your organization can progress in this realm by exploring the what, why and how of cultural competence.

Using the Cultural Competence Continuum

Being able to recognize your own levels of cultural competence will help you
continue your growth in cultural competence. Knowing your strengths will help
you build on them. Knowing where you need to learn more will guide you in
finding resources.

Cultural Competence in International Adoption

Cultural Competence in International Adoption

Not only do internationally adopted children have to adjust to a new family, but they have to adjust to a new culture. This means they have to grow accustomed to new foods, smells, tastes, sounds, sights, sleeping schedules, eating schedules, etc.

Many prospective adoptive families choose to adopt internationally

Cultural Competence Continuum

A culturally competent system of care acknowledges and incorporates–at all levels–the importance of culture, the assessment of cross-cultural relations, vigilance towards the dynamics that result from cultural differences, the expansion of cultural knowledge and the adaptation of services to meet culturally unique needs.

Open Adoption Grief and Open Adoption

Understanding Birth Parents: Grief and Open Adoption

Open adoption is often presented to birth parents as a way to lessen the grief of losing a child to adoption. The grief we feel for our children includes not only missing the times we had with them as their mother or father, but mourning for the times we will not have with them as their parents.

Facilitated Openness Can Benefit Children Adopted from Care

Facilitated Openness Can Benefit Children Adopted from Care

Today, parents who adopt children from foster care cannot pretend their children were always a part of the family, and most know that becoming a legal part of a new family does not erase a foster child’s emotional ties to the past. As openness in infant adoption gains currency, it is worth considering how facilitated, safe contact with birth family members can benefit children adopted from care.

Preparing Your Family for Adoption

The Open Adoption Question

We sincerely believe more information is better than less, and that the more answers we can offer our children now the better their adjustment and understanding will be in the future.

Talking to Kids About Adoption

Talking to Kids About Open Adoption

If your child doesn’t ask, you need to raise the topic yourself; find out what your child thinks and what he wants to know. It’s your job to give them their information. It’s their right to know the truth.

Openness in adoption decisions

Openness – A Personal Decision?

Sometimes bringing our children’s birth parents into their lives – and ours – whether through truth-telling conversations, or letters and pictures, or occasional visits, or on-going contact – can be as uncomfortable and at times even painful for our children.

International adoption

Exploring Your Family’s Culture

In open adoption, two family cultures come together to provide for the needs and to shape the life of an adopted child. Differences in these family cultures can sometimes cause confusion and mis-communication if they are not explored and acknowledged.

my son came with trauma I could barely comprehend

When Everything We Know is NOT ENOUGH

My son came with trauma I could barely comprehend and all I could ask was…What was I doing wrong? Why wasn’t my parenting working? What was I missing? What could I do differently?

Honoring and Maintaining Sibling Connections

This issue of Fostering Perspectives is about honoring and maintaining sibling connections. We lead off by bringing you the voices of children in care responding to the question, “Why are your siblings important to you?”

Every incarcerated parent is more than the crime they have been charged with or convicted of, and, as Mommy or Daddy, they may be one of the most important people-if not the most important person-in the child's life.

Engaging Incarcerated Parents

Every incarcerated parent is more than the crime they have been charged with or convicted of, and, as Mommy or Daddy, they may be one of the most important people-if not the most important person-in the child’s life.

Although the courts originally ruled that I shouldn’t see my father until I turn 18, the judge allowed me a visit.

Pen Pals; Parenting from Prison

After my father was arrested, my aunt and grandparents thought not seeing him until I was 18 the best for me, and the courts agreed. Since then, I’ve had to wake up each day with the hurt of knowing I will not see my father

I love my dad. He means so much to me and I wouldn’t trade him for the world, not even for multi-billionaire Bill Gates. Am I still mad at him for being in jail instead of with me all those years?

Out of Prison and Into My Life

I love my dad. He means so much to me and I wouldn’t trade him for the world, not even for multi-billionaire Bill Gates. Am I still mad at him for being in jail instead of with me all those years?

Youth.gov

Children of incarcerated parents may also face a number of other challenging circumstances. They may have experienced trauma related to their parent’s arrest or experiences leading up to it.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world. NIAAA-funded discoveries have important implications for improving the health and well-being of all people.

Making a Difference Working with students with FASD

In some classrooms, FASD is
such a large and intractable problem that we may not even be
able to acknowledge it. Knowledge and understanding of FASD helps make sense of the challenges facing students with the disability.