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Head of Major N.Y. Congregate Care Organization Calls Out State for Opposing Family First

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The Chronicle of Social Change

By John Kelly

7/5/16

As we reported last week, New York’s Office of Children and Family Services has formally opposed the Family First Prevention Services Act, which would open up the federal IV-E entitlement for certain services to prevent foster care while limiting the federal contribution to group homes and other kinds of congregate care.

Its letter depicted the bill’s supporters as well-meaning groups with no direct skin in the game, “advocate groups” that “do not actually operate any IV-E programs.”

Certainly true, in many cases. The Child Welfare …

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