New York City Administration for Children’s Services’ Office of Older Youth Services and Residential Care Monitoring – Teen Specialist Unit
New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services’, Office of Older Youth Services and Residential Care Monitoring – Teen Specialist Unit (TSU) is committed to creating opportunities and reducing risk for expectant and parenting youth and their children in foster care. This commitment informs their work with these young families on strengthening their co-parenting skills and promoting well-being for themselves as adolescents and for their children. Simultaneously, TSU is striving to match expectant and parenting youth in foster care with capable, caring and prepared foster parents to increase their permanent connections.
Results for Expectant and Parenting Youth in Foster Care
New York City Administration for Children’s Services’ key strategies to achieve results include the following:
- Implement a “Father Survey” to collect data on who the fathers are to gain further insight into their needs.
- Create and implement a well-developed co-parenting policy that targets mothers and fathers in foster care.
- Use an assessment tool to find the permanent resources in the lives of EPY and their children as they transition from foster care.
- Train TSU staff on trauma-informed practices and the protective and promotive factors framework to better inform services increasing well-being outcomes for expectant and parenting youth and their children.
- Enhance foster parenting training specific to the multigenerational needs of EPY and their children to better prepare families in caring for them.
- Improve the matching process for youth with foster parents so as to decrease movement and increase placement stability.
- Involve expectant and parenting youth in various aspects of TSU’s outreach work, including mobilizing the Youth Speakers’ Bureau and involving EPY in foster parent training to provide feedback on training curriculum.
The implementation team will be collecting data monthly, meet on weekly and monthly basis and conduct surveys/questionnaires for TSU staff. NYC will bolster its current data collection and will collect more detailed data to obtain a more holistic picture of the lives of expectant and parenting youth in New York City.
(as of November, 2014)
- # Expectant and Parenting Youth: 322
- # EPY Males: 68
- # EPY Females: 254
- Average Age: 19 years
- 71% have their children living with them
Email: sabine.chery @ acs.nyc.gov
Phone number: 212-676-7025