Advocacy

Advocacy

COFCCA develops policy positions in a collaborative process with our member agencies based on the needs of the very vulnerable children and families they serve. As an organization that is in constant communication with direct services providers, we hear first about the impact on our communities caused by changes in economic downturns, youth culture, schools, drug trends, physical or mental health problems, and government budget and regulatory pressures.

After identifying concerns, we seek to quantify the extent of the problem by surveying our membership. Then we work together to determine the policy direction that best addresses the current issues. Armed with the necessary information, we advocate with officials at the New York State, City, or county level to discuss the ramifications of these changes on the goals that we share for the children and families cared for by our agencies.

COFCCA mobilizes its member agencies, which are located throughout New York State to reach out to elected officials on all levels as well as working with the media to bring our message to the public. In the past, COFCCA has successfully advocated for reasonable trend factors in state issued rates, requirement that state rates are fully funded, lower caseloads for workers in Preventive Services programs, subsidized kinship guardianship, restoration of funding for child welfare services, changes in the federal Adoption and Safe Families Act, and re-instatement of a State match for Preventive and Aftercare services. COFCCA also works collaboratively with other coalitions and citizens’ groups to ensure that the resources needed for quality child welfare services are provided.

COFCCA’s advocates for legislation to support the work of our member agencies, including meetings with legislators, partnering with alliances of advocacy groups on specific issues, and mobilizing member agencies, which are located throughout New York State to reach out to elected officials on all levels as well as working with the media to bring our message to the public.

Some Current Issues…

Medicaid Manage Care - Raising the Bar for Health and Mental Health Services for Children in Foster Care: Developing a Model of Managed Care. Children and youth in New York’s foster care system have significant health and mental health needs that are rooted in childhood trauma.  New York State’s Medicaid Redesign Team recently concluded that all children and adolescents in NY’s foster care system should be enrolled in Medicaid manged care.  This report looks at children, foster care services and the many complexities involved in transitioning to Medicaid Manged Care:

Managed Care Report

The Financial Health of New York State’s Child Welfare Non-Profits. A report by the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management - Baruch College School of Public Affairs

Baruch College Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management conducted a comprehensive assessment of the financial status COFCCA member agencies.   The intent of the report is to inform the agencies public sector funders regarding the status of the network of agencies.  It also is intended to be instructive to member agencies so that that they may compare their performance against network-wide averages:

COFCCA Report FINAL 10 19 12

Post Adoption Services – A White Paper: Adoption creates a permanent loving home for children who need families. Families formed through adoption are different than families formed biologically and face different challenges. The majority of children adopted today are adopted from foster care (68%) and come to their new families having experienced previous traumas and with greatly elevated risk of developmental, health, emotional or behavioral issues. The families who open their hearts and homes to children need to know in advance that support and services will be available throughout their childhood and adolescence so they can proactively navigate these risks. Without adoption competent supports and services these families and children face the very real risk of family disruption, dissolution or placement. There are enormous human and financial costs associated with failure to support adoptive families adequately. Read more…

Post Adoption

Summary: Post-Adoptive Services 2 Pager

Safe Harbour - A letter to Governor Cuomo:  Providers and advocates work every day with children who have been commercially sexually exploited. This crime hurts New York’s most vulnerable children, their families and communities at large…

Safe Harbour 

 

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