New York State takes child welfare very seriously and wants to ensure that any children that were previously abused or neglected at any point in time are now in a safe place away from any potential harm. In order to ensure the safety of children, there is a federally-funded program known as the Child Welfare Court Improvement Project that awards grants to states in order to support their child welfare programs. The Improvement Project works closely with New York’s Office of Children and Family Services to work towards bettering child welfare practices.
The Office of Children and Family Services created a child welfare practice model that aims to have a uniform approach to protecting children. They aspire to safely keep children in their own homes, assist parents and families in maintaining a safe living situation, maintain permanency if the child must be moved out of the home, and protect the overall well-being of the child in the environment in which they live. In order to do so, they have a number of practices and strategies that work towards maintaining the goals. For example, one of the child welfare practices is to engage families, and in order to do so, they use strategies such as family team meetings or coached family visits to find success.
The child welfare practice model is very complex but it is useful for those who work in social services to help families find success. There are many services that go into assisting children and families to have the safe and successful relationships and overcome the obstacles that may exist in their lives. If you have questions about family law matters, you may want to speak with an experienced family law attorney who can guide you in the correct direction.
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