Office of Children and Family Services

Kinship Foster Care (Follow-Up Review)

When children are in danger of abuse or neglect at home, the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) may intervene and place the children with foster care parents, who are reimbursed by OCFS for caring for the children. When the foster care parents are related to the children, the children are said to be placed in kinship foster care. In our prior audit report 95-S-106, we found that improvements were needed in the oversight provided by local social services districts, especially New York City. For example, required contacts were not made, required records were not maintained, and the effectiveness of kinship foster care was not adequately assessed. In our follow-up review, we found that while a number of actions have been taken to address many of the deficiencies identified in our prior report, more actions need to be taken to improve the quality and frequency of oversight so that this system is effective and safe.

For a complete copy of Report 98-F-25 click here.