Child Welfare

Kin-First Firewall and Blind Removal Policies Launched: New York State Takes Crucial Steps Toward Family First Readiness and Racial Equity in Child Welfare

CHAMPS NY, a statewide coalition of advocates and providers working for policy and practice change to support children, families and caregivers in child welfare, Lawyers For Children, and Children’s Defense Fund-NY applaud Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Poole for taking crucial steps in realigning child welfare towards a more family-based, anti-racist system that listens to impacted communities and takes responsive action with evidence-based practice.