2012 New York Consolidated Laws
SOS - Social Services
Article 6 - CHILDREN
440 - Findings; purpose.

NY Soc Serv L § 440 (2012) What's This?
    §  440.   Findings; purpose.   1.  The legislature finds that children
  who are in care away from their own homes on a full time basis,  whether
  temporarily or for a prolonged period, require effective supervision and
  review  of  their  status  in care and of the plans for them.  It is the
  policy of the state of  New  York  to  assure  that  such  children  are
  appropriately  placed,  that  needed  services  are provided to them and
  their families,  and  that  unnecessary  and  prolonged  placements  are
  avoided.    The  legislature  further  finds  that  this policy is often
  frustrated, and fiscal and program accountability have not been promoted
  because of divergent and overlapping jurisdictions of various government
  and private agencies; the lack of coordination among programs  of  these
  agencies;  and  the  excessive  workloads  of judicial personnel, social
  services workers, and others responsible for  reviewing  the  status  in
  care of these children.
    2.    To  assist in overcoming these difficulties, it is the intent of
  the legislature to establish a statewide management assistance system to
  be called the child care review service.  The service shall be  designed
  and operated to effectuate the following purposes:
    (a)    identification  and  assessment  of  the  needs and problems of
  children in care and  their  families,  to  effectuate  meaningful  case
    (b)    case  management  and  supervision  by  child  care agencies of
  children in full-time care away from their homes;
    (c)   supervision and  evaluation  by  state  agencies  of  local  and
  voluntary child care agency performance;
    (d)    planning  and policy making by state agencies, the governor and
  the legislature;
    (e)  meeting in a timely manner all judicial  review  requirements  of
  this  chapter,  the family court act and any other applicable provisions
  of law;
    (f)  reduction of the need for manual form preparation; and
    (g)   meeting federal reporting requirements  so  as  to  qualify  for
  federal funds under the federal social security act.

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