Office of Children and Family Services

Accounting for and Contacting Children in Foster Care

New York State’s foster care programs are administered by 58 local social services districts (57 counties and New York City) that are overseen by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). In New York City, the programs are administered by the Administration of Children’s Services (ACS), and many of the program services are provided by agencies under contract with ACS. We found that ACS could locate or otherwise account for the children in our sample, and the contracted agencies were able to document almost all their required contacts with these children. However, the agencies could not always show that they had made diligent efforts to find children when they were reported as missing. We recommended that certain improvements be made in the oversight of the contracted agencies.

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