April 8, 2020
April 2, 2020 — The New York State Child Welfare Coalition, including policy advocates working to improve our system for children and families, applauds the legislature and the governor for advancing critical reforms to the State Central Register (SCR), as part of budget legislation. These reforms, championed by Senator Montgomery and Assembly Member Jaffee, and supported by families, community-based providers, attorneys representing children and parents, and advocates across the State, will make New York’s child welfare system fairer by:
While this historic reform offers great promise, the State budget fails to invest in children and communities to reduce contact with the child welfare system and the need for foster care.
Despite our collective advocacy, the budget:
During this public health crisis and period of economic instability, community resilience is paramount. Unfortunately, the budget fails to make critical investments in child welfare that would help strengthen families.