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File #: Int 2420-2021    Version: * Name: Requiring an audit and report on foster care placement notices.
Type: Introduction Status: Laid Over in Committee
Committee: Committee on General Welfare
On agenda: 10/7/2021
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring an audit and report on foster care placement notices
Sponsors: Stephen T. Levin
Council Member Sponsors: 1
Summary: The New York Social Services law and Family Court Act require that when a foster care placement changes, a social services agency or worker must provide the attorney for the child with notice of the change in placement. This bill would require the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to conduct quarterly audits of foster care placement notifications. The audit would include a review of instances in which a notice was not provided as required, the time elapsed between a change in foster care placement and when the placement notice was provided, when notice of the change was provided to the attorney for the child and a summary of the information that was missing from the notice. ACS would be required to report to the Mayor and the Speaker of the Council, and post on the ACS website, a report with the results of its audit from the preceding quarter.
Indexes: Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 2420, 2. Int. No. 2420, 3. October 7, 2021 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 10-7-21, 5. Committee Report 10/25/21, 6. Hearing Testimony 10/25/21, 7. Hearing Transcript 10/25/21, 8. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - October 7, 2021
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10/25/2021*Stephen T. Levin Committee on General Welfare Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/25/2021*Stephen T. Levin Committee on General Welfare Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/7/2021*Stephen T. Levin City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/7/2021*Stephen T. Levin City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 2420

 

By Council Member Levin

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring an audit and report on foster care placement notices

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Chapter 9 of title 21 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 21-918 to read as follows:

§ 21-918 Foster care placement notices; audit and report. a. ACS shall conduct quarterly random audits of a statistically significant sample of foster care placement change notices required by paragraph (g) of subdivision (3) of section 358-a of the social services law, subdivision (5) of section 1017 of the family court act, subdivision (j) of section 1055 of the family court act and item (H) of paragraph (vii) of subdivision (d) of section 1089 of the family court act. Such audit shall include a review of the following:

1. The incidence of failure to provide a notice of placement change where required by law;

2. The amount of time that elapsed between changes in foster care placement and the provision of the placement change notice;

3. When the notice of such placement change was provided to an attorney for the child in relation to the date of such placement change;

4. Whether or not the notice included all the information required by law; and

5. A summary of the legally required information that was missing from the notice, if any.

b. No later than April 30, 2022, and quarterly thereafter, ACS shall submit to the mayor and the speaker of the council, and shall post conspicuously on the ACS website, a report for the immediately preceding quarter with the results of the audit required by subdivision a. Such report shall include the following:

1. The number of instances in which a placement change notice was required but no such notice was sent;

2. The number of placement change notices sent, disaggregated by the number of days before or after the change;

3. The number of emergency placement changes made, disaggregated by the number of notices sent within 24 hours of the change and the number of notices sent 24 hours or more after the change;

4. The number of notices that included all required information; and

5. The number of notices that did not include all required information, disaggregated by the category of information that was missing; provided that such categories shall include, but not be limited to, the information missing as to the reason for the change, the planned new placement location, the contact information for the new placement location, and the number of placement changes in which a child moved from one borough to another.

c. No report required by subdivision a of this section shall contain personally identifiable information. If a category contains between one and five children, or contains a number that would allow another category that contains between one and five children to be deduced, the number shall be replaced with a symbol. A category that contains zero shall be reported as zero, unless such reporting would violate any applicable provision of federal, state or local law relating to the privacy of child information.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

 

 

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