A group of NY children in foster care at the library

Publications & Perspectives

We aggregate knowledge, best practices, and case studies from across the country and with a NY lens. We believe that implementation of the federal Family First Prevention Services Act will require large-scale practice and policy changes for providers, counties and the state. More resources and tools from a variety of sources are forthcoming throughout the year.

Family First Readiness One Pager

This one pager summarizes the Family Transition Fund consulting that began in July 2019 and includes the approach behind the work and progress after the first year of consulting. And visit the related website, FamilyFirstNY.org.

New York County reform initiative brochure

Learn from three New York counties about their reform initiatives to right-size congregate care and increase kinship foster care. Published in 2018.

Older Youth in Foster Care Guide

This guide provides an overview of the importance of relational permanency and describes the Permanency Pact program at Good Shepherd Services.

RHF and Childfocus strategies

This guide gives counties ideas for how to spend their transition funds to meet their goals to reduce residential placements and increase kinship care.

Family First Act Brief

This In-brief provides initial recommendations for provider agencies and counties to prepare for the provisions of the Family First Act.

Foster and Kinship Parent Recruitment Guide

This best practice guide represents consensus in the research on how to effectively recruit and support caregivers.


In an effort to build knowledge and spur collaboration, RHF hosts convenings throughout NY that bring together child-welfare leaders, policymakers, frontline staff and subject-matter experts to deepen improvement efforts across the state. The foundation views these meetings as a critical element of its overall strategy to catalyze progress in partnership with changemakers across the state.

Family First Readiness Convening

Family First Readiness Convening

July 23-24, 2019: Family First Readiness Kick-Off Convening. View materials from the convening here.

Statewide Permanency Summit

Statewide Permanency Summit

December 3-4, 2019: 5th Annual Permanency Summit on Transformative Practices in Family-Centered & Community-Based Care. View materials from the Permanency Summit here.


The Redlich Horwitz Foundation periodically publishes reports and perspective pieces.

Instructional Videos

James Czarniak (Onondaga County), Janet O'Keefe (Suffolk County), & Heidi Epstein (American Bar Association Center on Children and Law) on family centered practice to reduce residential care use and stays.

Innovations, Practice Improvements and More - Nassau County.

Corey Best (Birth Parent National Network) & China Darrington (XIX Recovery Support Services) on Birth Parents as partners in case planning, services, and successful reunification.

Raymond Toomer (Administration for Children's Services) & Justin Lee (Casey Family Programs) on NYC's journey to identify case and systems level bottlenecks and barriers that impede children from achieving permanency.



In our latest newsletter, we welcome Jessica Maxwell to the RHF team and announce new grants approved by our board. View more here.

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