Permanency in New York City (2005)
Children in New York City’s foster care system remain there an average of 49 months — 18 months longer than the national average of 31 months — and suffer the consequences of longer than necessary journeys in foster care. What happens to children who live in foster care limbo without knowing if or when their time in state custody might end? What happens when their opportunities for emotional connection with others dwindle with each passing day?
Permanent Solutions: Seeking Family Stability for Youth in Care (2005), brings to light the fact that despite efforts by New York City’s Administration for Children Services (ACS) to initiate substantial reforms in one of the country’s largest child welfare systems, too many children languish without a plan to either be reunited with their biological families or leave foster care for adoptive families. The study includes an in-depth analysis of systemwide statistical data provided by ACS and interviews with more than 70 parents, young adults formerly in foster care, adoptive parents and child welfare professionals. Concrete recommendations suggest actions that can be taken to help move children through the system more quickly.