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Committee on Social Services

Assemblyman 28th District
Queens County
February 14, 2019

Honorable Carl E. Heastie, Speaker

New York State Assembly
Room #932 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248

Dear Speaker Heastie,

We are writing to express our support for restoring the state share for Child Welfare
Services to 65%. As you know, the state has reduced its support to counties from 65% to
62% state share, despite Social Services Law §153-k articulating the state share to be
65%. This amounts to a cut of $19 million for New York City alone.

Restoration of these funds will allow New York City to invest in innovative and critical
resources for the over 4,000 middle- and high-school-aged youth who are entrusted to
the care of NYC through the foster care system. Each year, approximately 600-700 of
these young people age out of the system without adult supports. The obstacles foster
youth face starting in middle school can lead to progressively worse outcomes through
their high school years and as they reach adulthood. By the time they turn 21:
• 50% will have repeated 9th grade;
• Only ~22% will have a high school diploma, compared to 67% of foster kids
• 12% will be enrolled in college/a vocational program, and only 3% will obtain a
college degree.

These young people are some of New York’s most vulnerable, leading many to become
homeless, face an unexpected pregnancy, or become involved in the criminal justice

This funding will allow New York City to expand an innovative and comprehensive
coaching model that has already proven successful. The model pairs young people with a
coach to work with them one-on-one to not only envision their academic and
professional ambitions, but make them reality by helping them make plans, navigate
challenges and connect to quality schools, programs, and opportunities. At two New
York City foster care agencies that have already implemented these supports, Graham
Windham and The New York Foundling, nearly 90% of program participants have a

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Honorable Carl E. Heastie, Speaker
February 14, 2019
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high school degree/equivalency by 21.

As legislators, it is incumbent upon us to fulfill our promise to the young people of our
state, and to meet the obligations set forth in statute. With this commitment, we will be
advancing a proven model, transforming the lives of thousands of youth today, and
improving outcomes for our state for years to come.


Andrew D. Hevesi, 28th AD Marcos A. Crespo, 85th AD

Karines Reyes, 87th AD N. Nick Perry, 58th AD
Daniel A. Rosenthal, 27th AD Charles D. Fall, 61st AD
Stacey Pheffer Amato, 23rd AD Michael J. Cusick, 63rd AD
Brian Barnwell, 30th AD Robert J. Rodriguez, 68th AD
Clyde Vanel, 33rd AD Daniel J. O’Donnell, 69th AD
Michael G. DenDekker, 34th AD Inez E. Dickens, 70th AD
Aravella Simotas, 36th AD Alfred E. Taylor, 71st AD
Richard N. Gottfried, 75th AD Carmen De La Rosa, 72nd AD
Nathalia Fernandez, 80th AD John T. McDonald, III, 108th AD
Catalina Cruz, 39th AD Robert C. Carroll, 44th AD
Diana C. Richardson, 43rd AD Michael R. Benedetto, 82nd AD
Mathylde Frontus, 46th AD Rebecca A. Seawright, 76th AD
Jo Anne Simon, 52nd AD Simcha Eichenstein, 48th AD
Maritza Davila, 53rd AD Ellen C. Jaffee, 97th AD
Walter T. Mosley, 57th AD Michael A. Blake, 79th AD
Jaime R. Williams, 59th AD

cc: Ms. Kathleen O’Keefe, Counsel to the Speaker

Hon. Helene Weinstein, Chair, Assembly Ways and Means
Mr. Blake Washington, Secretary, Assembly Ways and Means
Ms. Lou Ann Ciccone, Secretary for Program and Policy to the Speaker


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263-5595, FAX: 718-263-5688 EMAIL: