November 21, 2019
COFCCA testified at a NYS Assembly hearing on “Family Involvement in the Child Welfare and Family Court System.” The hearing was convened by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, Chair of the NYS Assembly Committee on Children and Families, and Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, Chair of the NYS Assembly Task Force on Women’s Issues. COFCCA advocated for:

  1. restoration of state funding for preventive services to 65%, up from the current commitment of 62%, and a request to use that money (about $20 million) to support counties that want to use evidence-based models available for partial federal funding under the Family First Act;
  2. increased state funding for primary prevention, including the Community Optional Preventive Services (COPS) program;
  3. removal of KinGAP from the Foster Care Block Grant, making KinGAP its own stand-alone funding stream and therefore incentivizing counties’ use of it; and
  4. raising pay of our child welfare staff statewide, citing low salaries and high turnover.

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October 31, 2019
Testimony regarding a raft of bills to monitor and make some changes to the manner in which ACS does their work. COFCCA testimony focused on the proposed changes to legal services for parents.

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March 25, 2019
Testimony regarding how to provide services to the highest needs youth in our care in response to concerns about the Children’s Center.

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January 28, 2019
COFCCA testified at the Higher Education Budget Hearing; COFCCA requested increased funding for The New York State Child Welfare Worker Loan Forgiveness Incentive Program and The NYS Child Welfare Worker Incentive Scholarship Program, programs funded through the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) to support our child welfare workforce in its pursuit of higher education.

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January 24, 2019
COFCCA testified at the Human Services state budget hearing; COFCCA’s testimony centered around the need to invest in the state’s child welfare workforce, to support the field’s implementation for the new federal child welfare law, the Family First Prevention Services Act, and to make necessary capital investments for health and safety improvements in residential programs, and expressed support for other related child welfare budget priorities.

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NYC Council, General Welfare and Committee on Higher Education
James F. Purcell, CEO, Testimony presented on Higher Education Opportunities for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
NYC 2017 Gen Welfare and Higher Ed

NYS Committee on Children and Families
James F. Purcell, CEO, Testimony presented on Supports for Foster Parents and Relative and Non-Relative Caregivers
NYS 2017 Children and Families Supports for Caregivers

NYS Human Services Budget 
James F. Purcell, CEO Testimony before the NYS Assembly
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