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File #: Int 1727-2019    Version: * Name: Emergency removals conducted by the administration for children’s services.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on General Welfare
On agenda: 9/25/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to emergency removals conducted by the administration for children's services
Sponsors: Stephen T. Levin, Margaret S. Chin, Diana Ayala , Brad S. Lander
Council Member Sponsors: 4
Summary: This bill would require the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to report on emergency removal cases, which mean the removal of a child out of a home prior to a court hearing, when during the investigation of a report of abuse or neglect, ACS determines that such child is not safe at home.
Indexes: Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1727, 2. Int. No. 1727, 3. September 25, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 9-25-19

Int. No. 1727

 

By Council Members Levin, Chin, Ayala and Lander

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to emergency removals conducted by the administration for children’s services

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Section 21-902 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 20 for the year 2006, is amended to read as follows:

§ 21-902 Quarterly Reports Regarding Child Welfare System. Beginning no later than July 31, 2006 and no later than the last day of the month following each calendar quarter thereafter, ACS will furnish to the speaker of the city council a report regarding New York City's child welfare system that includes, at a minimum, the following information:

1.  Child protective services. The following information regarding child protective services shall be included in the quarterly report, disaggregated by zone:  

a. number of case workers employed and number of vacancies in case work staff at the end of the reporting period;

b. experience of case workers, broken down by years of  experience in New  York City's child  welfare  system  as  follows:  1-3  years  of experience; 3-5 years of experience; 5-7 years of experience; 7-9  years of experience; 9 or more years of experience;

c. average caseload of case workers;

d. number of case workers with a caseload of more than 15 cases;

e. number of level one supervisors;

f. experience of  level one supervisors, broken down by years of experience in New York City's child welfare system as follows: number with 1-5 years of experience; 5-10 years of experience; 10-15years of experience; 15-20 years of experience; 20 or more years of experience;

g. number of level two supervisors;

h. experience of level  two  supervisors,  broken  down  by  years of experience in New York City's child welfare system as follows: number with 1-5 years of experience; 5-10 years of experience; 10-15 years of experience; 15-20 years of experience; 20 or more years of experience;

i. number of child protective managers;

j. experience  of  child protective managers, broken down by years of experience in New York City's child welfare system  as  follows:  number with  1-5  years of experience; 5-10 years of experience; 10-15 years of experience; 15-20 years of experience; 20 or more years of experience;

k. number of reports of suspected child abuse or neglect  referred  to the zone for investigation, disaggregated by the type of case;

l. number  of reports of suspected child abuse or neglect referred to the zone for investigation that  were  indicated  during  the  reporting period,  disaggregated  by  the  type  of  case and whether the case was referred to preventive services, court mandated  services,  foster  care placement or closed;

m. number of unfounded cases, disaggregated by whether or not the case was referred to preventive services;

n. number of investigations that resulted in closure without referral to preventive services, disaggregated by the type of  case  and  whether the case was indicated or unfounded and the reason for closure;

o. number of reports of suspected child abuse or neglect referred to the zone that involved a family with respect to which ACS  had  received at  least one prior report of suspected abuse or neglect within the past 24 months, disaggregated by the type of case;

p. number of reports of suspected child abuse or neglect  referred  to the  zone  that involved a family that had at least one child previously in the foster care system, disaggregated by the type of case;

q. number of reports of suspected child abuse or neglect  referred  to protective  services  for  which protective services conducted a 72-hour case conference, disaggregated by the type of case;

r. number of reports of suspected child abuse or neglect  referred  to protective  services  for  which  an  elevated risk conference was held, disaggregated by the type of case;

s. number of IRT investigations commenced; and

t. number of entry orders sought and number of entry orders obtained.

2. Family Reunification. The following information regarding family reunification shall be provided in the quarterly report:

a. number of families reunited from foster care during the reporting period, disaggregated by zone and by length of stay in  foster  care  in six month intervals;

b. of all families reunited during the reporting period, the number of families receiving aftercare services, disaggregated by zone and by the type of services being received; and

c. number of children who entered foster  care  during  the  reporting period who  had  been in the custody of the child welfare system within the thirty-six  months immediately  preceding  the  reporting  period,  disaggregated by zone.

3. Emergency Removal Information. Definitions. For purposes of this section, the term “emergency removal” means the removal of a child out of a home prior to a court hearing, when during the investigation of a report of abuse or neglect, ACS determines that such child is not safe at home. The following information regarding emergency removals shall be included in the quarterly report:

a. The total number of emergency removal cases that were approved by a judge on the first day that each case appeared in court;

b. The total number of emergency removal cases in which a child is reunited with their family at the initial court hearing;

c. The total number of emergency removals cases in which a judge makes a decision in each case after the initial court hearing; and

d. The total number of emergency removal cases that were denied by a judge at the initial hearing.

 [3.] 4. ACS may use preliminary data to prepare the report required by this  chapter  to  be delivered no later than July 31, 2006 and may include an acknowledgement  that  any  preliminary  data  used  in  the  report  is  non-final and subject to change.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

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