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File #: Int 1199-2016    Version: Name: Surveys for youth in foster care regarding experiences with foster parents.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on General Welfare
On agenda: 5/25/2016
Enactment date: 11/16/2016 Law number: 2016/146
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to foster care experience surveys
Sponsors: Donovan J. Richards, Stephen T. Levin, Mathieu Eugene, Daniel Dromm , Rafael Salamanca, Jr., Margaret S. Chin, Barry S. Grodenchik, I. Daneek Miller, Corey D. Johnson, Andrew Cohen, Carlos Menchaca, Brad S. Lander, James G. Van Bramer
Council Member Sponsors: 13
Summary: The bill would require the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to provide to all youth in foster care ages 13 and older an annual survey regarding their experiences in foster care. For youth residing with foster parents, the surveys would be administered in a location other than the foster parent’s home, unless it was provided online or in a mobile application. The surveys would question about youth’s experiences in topic areas including access to food and clothing; religious practices; relationships with foster families, biological families and friends; personal allowances; education and extracurricular activities; internet and phone access. The bill would also require ACS to aggregate the data from the surveys and report it to the City Council and post it on their website on an annual basis.
Indexes: Report Required
Attachments: 1. Legislative History Report, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1199-A, 3. Summary of Int. No. 1199, 4. Int. No. 1199 - 5/25/16, 5. May 25, 2016 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 6. Committee Report 6/16/16, 7. Hearing Testimony 6/16/16, 8. Hearing Transcript 6/16/16, 9. Committee Report 10/26/16, 10. Hearing Transcript 10/26/16, 11. Fiscal Impact Statement, 12. Committee Report - Stated Meeting, 13. Int. No. 1199-A (FINAL), 14. Mayor's Letter, 15. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 10-27-16, 16. Local Law 146, 17. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - October 27, 2016
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11/17/2016ADonovan J. Richards City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/16/2016ADonovan J. Richards Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/16/2016ADonovan J. Richards Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/27/2016ADonovan J. Richards City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/27/2016ADonovan J. Richards City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
10/26/2016*Donovan J. Richards Committee on General Welfare Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/26/2016*Donovan J. Richards Committee on General Welfare Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/26/2016*Donovan J. Richards Committee on General Welfare Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/26/2016ADonovan J. Richards Committee on General Welfare Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/16/2016*Donovan J. Richards Committee on General Welfare Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/16/2016*Donovan J. Richards Committee on General Welfare Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/25/2016*Donovan J. Richards City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/25/2016*Donovan J. Richards City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 1199-A

 

By Council Member Richards, Levin, Eugene, Dromm, Salamanca, Chin, Grodenchik, Miller, Johnson, Cohen, Menchaca, Lander and Van Bramer

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to foster care experience surveys

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Chapter 9 of title 21 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 21-910 to read as follows:

§ 21-910 Foster care experience surveys. a. Commencing one year after the effective date of the local law that added this section, ACS shall provide to all youth in foster care ages 13 and older an annual survey regarding such youth’s experiences with each foster care placement where the youth resided that year. For youth placed with foster parents, such surveys shall be administered in a location other than the foster parent’s home, or administered online or through a mobile application. ACS shall explain the purpose of such survey to youth and shall not attribute survey responses to youth without their consent. In addition to questions, such survey shall provide space for such youth to provide ACS with any additional information they wish to share.

b. Such survey shall include but not be limited to questions addressing the following topic areas: access to food and clothing; religious practices; relationships with foster families, biological families and friends; personal allowances; education and extracurricular activities; and internet and phone access.

c. No later than six months following the first administration of the survey, and annually thereafter, ACS shall submit to the speaker of the council and post on its website aggregated data from the surveys required pursuant to this section and any steps ACS had taken in response to the information provided in such surveys.

d. Not later than 120 days after the effective date of the local law that added this section, ACS shall submit to the speaker of the council a report on its plan for the implementation of the survey required pursuant to this section.

e. No information that is otherwise required to be reported pursuant to this section shall be reported in a manner that would violate any applicable provision of federal, state or local law relating to the privacy of information respecting youth in foster care  or that would interfere with law enforcement investigations or otherwise conflict with the interests of law enforcement. If any category requested contains between 1 and 5 youth in foster care, or allows another category to be narrowed to between 1 and 5 youth in foster care, the number shall be replaced with a symbol.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

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