Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
Office of Children and Family Services

Adjustments to AFDC and Food Stamp Benefits Resulting From Foster Care Placements (Follow-Up Review)

At the time of our prior audit report 96-S-17, New York's child welfare system included the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), the food stamp, and various foster care programs. If a household received AFDC or food stamp benefits, the benefits could be reduced if a child from the household was placed in foster care. In our prior audit, we examined a sample of foster care placements to determine whether AFDC and food stamp benefits were appropriately reduced. We found that, for many of the foster care placements in New York City, the benefits were not appropriately reduced. We recommended that the overpayments be recovered and improvements be made in the relevant information systems. In our follow-up review, we found that the overpayments have not been recovered and only some of the needed improvements have been made in the relevant information systems.

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