Capstones

Graduation Date

Winter 12-15-2017

First Advisor

Robert Lewis

Subject Concentration

Business & Economics

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Abstract

Foster parents in New York say financial support from the government to care for the state’s most vulnerable kids has lagged, impacting the care they are able to provide.

In Philadelphia – a nearby city with a significantly lower cost of living -- foster parents get more government aid than in New York. Philadelphia officials raised the city’s foster care reimbursement rates by a third this year.

New York foster families have been fighting for raises for years. And there is some hope. A coalition of foster care agencies sued the state in 2010 in federal court in Brooklyn alleging New York’s low reimbursement rates violate the Child Welfare Act. The state is fighting the suit, which has been dragging on.

In this audio series, reporter Mariah Brown examines New York’s daily pay allowance for foster parents and the impact on children.

https://newyorksdailyfostercarereimbursements.wordpress.com/

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New York City’s daily reimbursements for foster parents lag

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A federal lawsuit examines New York’s daily reimbursements for foster parents

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In this December 29, 2017 photo, the greeting window at the foster care agency Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York displays a sticker that reads “every child deserves a family for life.” (Photo by Mariah Brown and captured in Brooklyn, New York)

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In this December 29, 2017 photo, in the waiting room of the Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York, hangs a sign with the foster care agency’s logo. (Photo by Mariah Brown and captured in Brooklyn, New York)

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In this December 29, 2017 photo, foster parent pamphlets line a table in the waiting room of the foster care agency Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York. (Photo by Mariah Brown and captured in Brooklyn, New York)

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In this December 29, 2017 photo, an image of a child next to a fact about foster care is plastered in the lobby of the foster care agency New York Foundling. (Photo by Mariah Brown and captured in New York City)

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In this December 29, 2017 photo, an image of a child is plastered in the lobby of the foster care agency New York Foundling. (Photo by Mariah Brown and captured in New York City)

Available for download on Saturday, December 29, 2018

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