• NYS Foster Parent Manual NYS Foster Parent Manual WRI wrote, edited, and designed this manual, which is distributed to foster parents throughout New York State by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. The manual presents useful information reflecting current policy, regulations, and practices in foster care. It includes guidance on issues like discipline and health care. The manual was originally published in 2002 and was updated in 2003, 2007, and 2010.
  • KinGAP Materials KinGAP Materials WRI edited and designed publications to inform the public about the New York State Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (KinGAP). They included a guidebook for relatives and caseworkers, in both English and Spanish, that described the program and provided a comparison of kinship guardianship, foster care, and adoption. WRI also prepared a handbook for youth in foster care outlining kinship guardianship as a permanency option.
  • Medical Guide for Youth in Foster Care Medical Guide for Youth in Foster Care WRI edited and designed a handbook that outlines health-related information for youth in foster care. Topics covered include medical consent, medications, HIV/AIDS testing, birth control and pregnancy, and insurance coverage available after discharge from foster care. The book was developed in collaboration with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
  • Abandoned Infant Act Brochure (Public) Abandoned Infant Act Brochure (Public) WRI edited and designed a brochure for distribution to pregnant mothers who are at risk for abandoning their babies. The brochure, developed for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, provides information on the provisions of the state law, as well as a list of resources for counseling and adoption.
  • Abandoned Infant Act Brochure (Professional) Abandoned Infant Act Brochure (Professional) WRI edited and designed a brochure that summarizes the provisions of the state law for individuals who may be presented with an abandoned infant. Designed for professionals such as healthcare workers, law enforcement officers, and clergy, the brochure answers questions such as: “If someone leaves an infant with me, what should I do?” and “Should I file a report as a mandated reporter of child abuse or maltreatment?”
  • Having a Voice and a Choice Having a Voice and a Choice WRI worked with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the New York State office of Temporary and Disability Assistance in 2008 to develop a handbook for individuals caring for their relatives’ children. The handbook contained vital information such as a guide to state agencies; legal concerns; and topics related to expenses, education, and health.
  • Safety Factors Pocket Guide Safety Factors Pocket Guide WRI designed a laminated, pocket-sized guide for caseworkers to use in evaluating the safety of children’s homes. The 18 factors are used to determine whether a child is in immediate or impending danger of serious harm. This aid to practice is used by caseworkers throughout New York State.

     
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