NY Screening Law Meant to Prevent Poor Foster Care

ALBANY (AP) -

New York will require local social service agencies next year to screen potential foster parents to determine whether they’ve had previous licenses revoked or children removed from their care and to state the reasons why.

The new law takes effect in June and comes in the aftermath of incidents where children were abused or even killed by their foster parents.

Screening has required checking prospective foster parents against crime databases and the statewide child abuse registry, but that only provides information on reported cases. Where caseworkers suspect but can’t confirm abuse, children may be removed, but the foster parents can apply to another agency to get paid for taking in other foster children.