Department of Social Services

Selected Aspects of the Foster Care Program (Follow-Up Review)

When children are in danger of neglect or abuse at home, the Department of Social Services may intervene and place the children with foster care parents or in foster care institutions. In our prior audit report 95-S-94, we examined selected aspects of the Department's administration of the foster care program in Broome, Erie, Monroe, Onondaga, Orange, Suffolk and Westchester counties. Most of the 281 case files we reviewed indicated that appropriate actions had been taken by program personnel. However, in seven cases we noted that the actions taken may not have been sufficient to protect the interests of abused or neglected children. We also noted that required procedures were not always followed and the effectiveness of program efforts was not adequately evaluated. In our follow-up review, we found that all of our prior audit recommendations have been fully implemented.

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