Leadership, Voice, and Vision

for Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice in New York State

Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies

January 6, 2022 – COFCCA Statement on Governor Kathy Hochul’s State of the State

Our state is entering a new year with new leadership, and we appreciate Governor Kathy Hochul’s first State of the State address putting forward a positive vision of New York’s future.

We are thrilled to see the Governor’s commitment to invest $500 million for Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) to help raise wages for human services workers.  Human Services workers have been on the front lines of the pandemic, essential workers supporting New York’s children and families tirelessly each day.  We applaud Governor Hochul for this recognition of their efforts; it is significant and appreciated.

This is a good start in supporting the child and family-assisting workforce in New York, and yet we have significant additional work ahead, in partnership with the state, given the extreme challenges our programs are experiencing with staff recruitment and retention.  If we want our state’s families to be strengthened and our children kept safe, we cannot continue to under-support the professionals who are doing this challenging work, or the adults stepping in to serve as foster parents for those children with myriad needs.

The pandemic has shown us where we need to make improvements for the safety and well-being of New York’s children and families, to strengthen the workforce providing human services and child welfare services, and build up supports youth and young adults need to push our great state’s progress into the future.   The Governor’s address makes clear, and we agree, the crisis has highlighted opportunities for transformational change in how we work, learn, and live.

We look forward to collaborating with Governor Hochul and her team in addressing the needs of our member agencies as we assert New York’s position as a leader in supporting children and families.

 

About Us

The Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA) is the principal representative for nearly all the not-for-profit organizations providing foster care, adoption, family preservation, and juvenile justice services in New York State. COFCCA is comprised of over 100 member organizations, ranging in size from small community based programs to the nation’s largest multi-services agencies — all of which share the mission of serving children and families. COFCCA works with its members and government to ensure quality services for children and their families.