More Thorough Foster Parent Screening Soon Required

The New York law will go into effect in June.

Denalee Chapman January 17, 2015
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Current foster parent screening requires checks against crime databases and child abuse registries. Beginning in June, foster parent screening will also include checks to see if previous licenses have been revoked or if children have been removed from their care and the reasons for removal.

Governor Cuomo signed the measure and sponsors couldn’t be happier. According to ABC New York, even though the state is responsible for the safe care of foster children, “there continues to be instances where children are abused or even killed by foster parents.”

The Office of Children and Family Services report that incidences of abuse and neglect of children in foster care has dropped from 2% in 2009 to 1.2% in 2012. Still, with 27 deaths between 2008-2009, the numbers are too high.

The full story may be read at the Legislative Gazette.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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