New York State Citizen Review Panels for Child Protective Services

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The New York State Citizen Review Panels are comprised of citizen volunteers who are authorized by law to examine the policies, procedures and practices of the State and social services districts and, where appropriate, specific cases. The Panels evaluate the extent to which the agencies are effectively discharging their child protection responsibilities.

Panels are authorized to hold public hearings, and have reasonable access to public and private facilities receiving public funds to provide child welfare services within the panel jurisdictions. For further information on how and when to contact the panels click here.

There are three panels in New York State, each with 13 members. The Western panel covers the 17 counties in the western region of the state. The New York City Panel covers the five boroughs of New York City. The Eastern Panel covers the remaining 40 counties.

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CRP 202 Annual Report

20 Years and 2020

Time for Meaningful Change in Child Welfare

This year's Annual Report was influenced not only by the historic events of 2020, but also marks the 20th year that the Panels have been in operation. The Panels would like to extend their gratitude for the service of all past and present members, as well as guests who provided important information at Panel meetings. Below is a summary of this year's recommendations.

If you are interested in providing feedback on the Panels’ 2020 Recommendations, please complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NYSCRP2020

Culminating 20 Years of Advocacy with Recommendations
for Meaningful Change in Child Welfare

Differentiate poverty-related neglect from child maltreatment.

  • Fully implement Family Assessment Response in all counties and all poverty-related neglect cases.
  • Re-allocate funds spent on investigating poverty-related neglect to support children and family in need of services.

Remove educational neglect as an allegation type.

  • Work with State and local education officials to create alternative methods to support children in staying engaged with schools without making a child welfare report.
  • Reinvest funds spent on investigating educational neglect to address the gap in tools and technology for families to stay connected to schools and keep children learning.

Increase preventive services and community-based supports for families in need.

  • Improve the coordination of housing, disability services, educational services, and mental health services, among others, to holistically help and re-invest in families.
  • Utilize the full range of funding under the federal Family First Prevention Services Act.
  • Trust localities with flexible funding to determine how to best help families.

Reduce racial inequities in the child welfare system through policy and practice innovations.

  • Continue to implement kin-first firewall policies and blind removals.
  • Recruit and retain professional workers that are representative of the families served.
  • Identify and address implicit biases in child welfare decision-making processes.

Support efforts to purposefully address and eliminate child poverty.

  • Enact the Child Poverty Reduction Act (S.9012/A.11063) to establish a child poverty reduction advisory council—with the goal of reducing child poverty in New York by 50% in ten years.
  • Work with federal elected officials to increase federal funding to help disadvantaged families.

Download the annual report (PDF)
Download the summary of recommendations (PDF)

The Panels' Statement on Racial Inequity

The New York State Citizens Review Panels for Child Protective Services denounce human rights violations in every form, especially those against people of color. We stand in support of the fight against any violations of civil rights and a basic sense of justice. The impact of racial injustice and continued disparity in services to minority communities shreds the fabric and stability of families. We honor this moment in history by prioritizing anti-racism advocacy, highlighting bias within the child welfare system, and working with our partners and families to ensure safe, humane, and effective responses to child abuse and neglect.

In addition, we acknowledge the historical legacy of unjust treatment of people of color in numerous systems, including law enforcement. We want to use our collective voices to demand transparency and fairness in examining the recent and unnecessary deaths of Black citizens at the hands of law enforcement. Their lives mattered! Black Lives Matter!