Child Welfare

WRI has a long history of service to agencies involved in child welfare in areas such as:

  • Adoption and Foster Care
  • Children With Special Needs
  • Family Assistance
  • Day Care

Administrative Support

Child Welfare Training and Technical Assistance
WRI coordinates and manages registration for training required by the Child Welfare Reform Act (CWRA) and federal Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA). This project seeks to reduce barriers to permanency planning for children in out-of-home care. New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Child & Family Services Program Planning
WRI provided administrative support to a fund that assists counties in addressing issues identified in the federal Child and Family Services Review Program Improvement Plan. Quality Enhancement Fund

Administration of Casework Supervision Initiative
WRI prepared a final report for a statewide work group tasked with examining the status of case supervision in New York State. The group developed recommendations to improve supervision and outcomes for children and families. New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Publications and Training

Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program Materials
WRI edited and designed informational materials about the state's new Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program. These included manuals for relative foster parents in both English and Spanish and a booklet for youth in foster care. New York State Office of Children and Family Services

New York State Foster Parent Manual
WRI wrote, edited, and designed this manual for foster parents throughout New York State. The manual describes current policy, regulations, and practices in foster care. It includes guidance on issues like discipline, health care, and day-to-day life with foster children. New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Adoption Services Guide for Caseworkers
WRI edited and designed a manual for caseworkers and other professionals summarizing state policies and regulations related to adoption. Chapters provide information on types of adoption proceedings; the role of the caseworker; and services available to birth parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, and children. New York State Office of Children and Family Services

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