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Expanded Technical Support for New York Counties

RHF announces a new partnership with Jim Czarniak to support New York counties to achieve their Family First Readiness goals and system efficiencies amid the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. Formerly the deputy commissioner for child welfare in Onondaga County, Jim led a system-wide effort in that county to re-align its foster care system to prioritize family-based care, especially kinship families, and reduce the county’s reliance on congregate care placements. Those strategies were able to decrease the rate of foster care youth in congregate care from 33% to 14% and increase the percentage of children in certified kinship homes from 1% to almost 40%. 

With this new partnership, RHF and Jim will expand technical assistance, resource and tool development, and education and advisory services for county teams, provider agencies, and policymakers.  


This easy-to-read, desktop guide for child welfare staff and families, presents links to: 

•    Covid-19-related federal and state policies and regulations; 

•    Resources for staff, kinship and foster families, and youth to meet immediate needs, education goals and mental wellbeing; 

•    Family court requirements and virtual hearing protocols; and

•    Guidance around PPE, technology and for rural communities.

The resource guide will be updated periodically so please check back for the latest information! And big shout out to ChildFocus for producing this important resource!

“I need my #FairFutures Coach now more than ever!”

 --Plead Thousands of Young People in NYC Foster Care.

Read this moving letter signed by 1000+ youth pleading with policymakers to continue funding Fair Futures and watch this Selfie Video of young people describing how the crisis has affected them.

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