New York City Human Resources Administration

Follow-up Review of Children in Foster Care at Voluntary Agencies Not Receiving All Required Services

Audit report A-18-92, issued May 24, 1994, Children in Foster Care at Voluntary Agencies Not Receiving All Required Services highlighted shortcomings by voluntary agencies (Agencies) in providing services to minimize the stay of each child in foster care. The Child Welfare Administration (CWA) did not adequately perform its oversight responsibilities over the Agencies to ensure that they complied with State and city laws, rules and regulations. CWA was also unable to account for all its case files and documents missing from the files. We made one seven-part recommendation and seven others to improve CWA's monitoring efforts to ensure that the Agencies provide the required services to provide for the well-being of foster care children. Counted as 14 recommendations we found that one recommendation was partially implemented, one was no longer applicable and the remaining 12 were not implemented. The unimplemented recommendations related to major deficiencies including CWA's: failure to provide Agencies with all essential information; not making field visits; not reviewing Uniform Case Records on a timely basis; and failure to facilitate communication between case planning and child planning Agencies. In January 1996, the Mayor announced that CWA will be transferred into a new agency to be created with new leadership to confront the challenges of child care in New York City. A-3-96