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Legislative Progress in New York City

On October 27, the New York City Council passed several bills and one resolution aimed at improvements and additional oversight in the city’s foster care system. The bills would create a foster care task force, require an annual survey of foster youth, and require the Administration for Children’s Services to create a five-year plan (three over the next 15 years) on systemic barriers to permanency. Other bills are aimed at better reporting on youth in care, such as on whether they have obtained government-issued identification, high school graduation rates and how many aged-out youth enter homeless shelters. The lead advocate behind these reforms is the Citizen’s Committee for Children (CCC), a grantee of the Redlich Horwitz Foundation.