Foster Care In New York State

WHAT IS FOSTER CARE? 

A child in “foster care” is a child who has been placed in the care and custody of ACS and/or a foster care agency for either short-term or long-term care. Placement may be with a “foster family,” the child’s relatives, or a group home. A relative who is a foster parent is often called a “kinship” foster parent. Foster families receive foster care funds (child support from ACS) to help care for the child. ACS and/or the foster care agency have custody of the child, but the parent continues to have legal rights to make some decisions about the child’s welfare. 

HOW DOES A CHILD ENTER FOSTER CARE? 

There are a number of ways a child may be placed into foster care: 

1) A parent or legal guardian may ask to have the child placed in foster care – called a voluntary placement. 

2) The court may order the child be placed in foster care, as part of a PINS or child protective case. 

3) A child-protective agency like ACS may also remove children from their homes in emergencies if the agency determines that the children are in danger. See Paragraph C in the Child Protective Proceeding section, above. 

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