COFCCA develops policy positions in a collaborative process with our member agencies based on the needs of the 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.
Some Current Issues…
Child welfare agencies have faced unique circumstances since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020 and continue to this day. We request that the NYS Office of Children and Family Services treat federal stimulus package assistance that some agencies have received as unique to the pandemic response and to exclude such assistance when they calculate future reimbursement rates.
Vital Federal Aid to Nonprofits in the Midst of a Pandemic: Paycheck Protection Program, Other Federal COVID-19 Funding, and Preventing Negative Impact on Future State-set Rates
To view our testimony at the NYS Budget Hearing and other recent state and NYC hearings, see our Testimony page:
2022 COFCCA Support Memos:
A.9085 by Assembly Member Clark & S.7752 by Senator Brouk- Establishes a workgroup to study and issue recommendations related to maternal mental health and perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.
A.7356-C by Assembly Member Woerner & S.6300-C by Senator Mannion – Requires the Commissioners of OPWDD and OMH to develop and implement a public awareness campaign that combats the discrimination, stigma and stereotyping of individuals with developmental disabilities across the state.
The Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA) strongly supports A.10104-A/S8551-A sponsored by Assemblywoman Darling and Senator Brisport which would to provide critical salary enhancements for direct care workers employed by voluntary foster care agencies across NYS.
A.1777-B by Assemblyman Hevesi & S.5419-B by Senator Brisport– Increases from $300 to $725 the monthly rent subsidy payable for housing for a foster child living independently in certain circumstances
A6008-E by Assemblymember Bronson & S9949 by Senator Brouk – establishes requirements for mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists and psychoanalysts to obtain a diagnostic privilege that would allow them to diagnose and develop assessment based treatment plans.
A.4908 by Assembly Member Solages & S.8320 by Senator Brisport- Establishes a task force to identify evidence-based and evidence informed solutions to reduce children’s exposure to adverse childhood experiences.
A.2263 by Assembly Member Fernandez & S.813 by Senator Biaggi– Raises the maximum age at which an individual may continue to receive youth shelter services from 21 to 24.
A.6709-B by Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal & S.5759-B by Senator Brisport– Income disregard for funds received by individuals participating in direct cash transfer pilots for the purposes of public assistance benefits eligibility.
S.8749 by Senator Ramos & A.9538 by Assembly Member Joyner– Requires the State to provide funding to support human services providers in paying their workers at least $21 per hour.
Heading Upstream: Recommendations to Maintain and Accelerate Gains in Safety and Well-Being for New York City’s Families, Children and Youth: – COFCCA’s January 2022 Recommendations to Mayor Adams
Older Issues Still Trending
Medicaid Managed 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 managed care. This report looks at children, foster care services and the many complexities involved in transitioning to Medicaid Managed Care:
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 – Updated August 2019
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: