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We service the 5 boroughs and are looking for people of the community to get involved. Join the movement to  focus on social justice issues that are affecting our community. You must be proactive as a member of this organization. 

Foster  Care is A Problem
​​African Americans & Latino Impacted by the ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Foster Care System.

Families are being abused by State CPS and Family Courts through out the United States of America, this is a major issue that needs to be addressed, Families that have had their civil rights violated through family court proceedings and the fact that all due process and constitutional rights are violated and manipulated by family court judges, District Attorneys, and Commissioners of /social services departments as well as CPS workers, and court appointed attorneys that are not working for the clients but have helped incriminate parents.

The people of New York State and the People of the United States of America demand a full investigation of all departments, and the termination of department until further the people also wish to sue for government entrapment as well as a suit brought against the case workers, family court judges, and district lawyers.

When your involved with the child welfare system you may not always understand how to best advocate for yourself and your child because child welfare laws and protections are complicated and confusing. At FPA-Foundation we're here to help you understand your rights as a parent,foster parent and the foster child's rights so you can use your knowledge to take action on behalf of your foster child. You can look to us for guidance in becoming the best advocate you can possibly be – at the local (i.e., classroom) level, and, when you’re ready, at the district, state, and federal levels.

FPA Foundation Inc provide trainings! We'll be focusing on legislative activities happening in Washington, D.C. — and how we (and you!) can be involved in the upcoming changes that are likely to take place. We'll translate those legislative happenings so that you can better understand what they mean for any one involved in the fostercare system

FPA-Foundation-The people's movement is heavenly committed to the social change of the child welfare system and other social justice issues that affect the community. FPA is designed to meet the needs that are not met otherwise. FPA is committed to children & families.

Advocacy requires both the will to confront injustice and the commitment to transform it. There, FPA’s daily “rescue missions” for children and families affected by the system. FPA engages it in the fight for services that they need. FPA helps to improve the lives of foster children who, otherwise, might have waited unnoticed, vulnerable and suffering, with no advocate to witness their pain and give voice to their needs.

        Children in foster care are one of the most vulnerable populations.         Presently, there are 11,000 children in the NYC foster care system, and a shortage of foster parents in NYC. These children suffer daily from a lack of services provided by foster care agencies. As a result, these children may face homelessness, unemployment, little to no education, and contribute to higher crime rates.


The ecomony has changed, however the needs of foster children have not changed at all. Agencies need to provide loving supportive homes for each child that awaits foster care. Youths that 'age out' of foster care make up the majority of our homeless population. 40% of foster youths do not graduate from high school. These kids deserve better; they need guidance, support, and advocates to fight for their rights – especially when agencies chooses not to do so.      

                ​​Nearly 700,000 abused and neglected children will spend time in foster care in the United States this year. ​What they all have in common as they enter our nation’s child welfare systems is the need for safe and stable homes. What too many will have in common as they make their way through those systems is the stuff of nightmares.

                Some will be separated from their siblings. Many will be bounced from one unstable foster care placement to another, never knowing when their lives will be uprooted next. ​Some will suffer additional abuse and neglect at the hands of the people entrusted with t
heir protection. Many will be denied adequate health care, education, and other fundamental necessities.

Some will be warehoused in institutions and group homes — the modern-day equivalent of the orphanages of old — and many will languish in foster care for years, without any prospect of growing up in stable, permanent homes. ​And many of these children will be seriously, permanently damaged as a result

​​Entering foster care in the U.S. were children of color.

​​In 2009, more than half of the children entering foster care in the U.S. were children of color. ​Black or African American children are more likely than other children to be reported, investigated, substantiated, and placed in foster care. These children stay longer in care and are less likely to be reunified with their families. ​Thirty-one percent of the children in foster care are African American, double the percent of African American children in the population in America. While African American children are overrepresented in the child welfare system in every state, Asian children tend to be underrepresented.

            Children of color, especially black children, and often American Indian children, face significant disparity within the child welfare system. They are more likely to have longer placements in out-of-home care, are less likely to receive comprehensive services, and are less likely to reunify with their families than white children.  ​The rates of child welfare involvement for black and American Indian children are more than twice those of white children. In one California study, two in five black children were likely to experience child welfare involvement by the time they were seven years old and one in 10 was likely to have experienced at least one foster care placement.

            There is a strong correlation between race and permanent placement. While African American children are adopted at the same rate as other races, the adoption process takes much longer for these children than for others, with
less chance of reunification with biological parents. ​Under the Constitution and under the law, children dependent on child welfare systems have rights — and FPA-Foundation Inc is dedicated to protecting them.

​Children in foster care and others dependent on public child welfare systems have important legal rights under the United States Constitution and federal and state law, including:

• The right to be protected from abuse, neglect, or other maltreatment in foster homes, group homes, and other placements. Foster parents and facility staff must be properly monitored and screened. Any alleged maltreatment must be quickly and thoroughly investigated.

• The right to adequate food, clothing, and shelter.
• The right to an appropriate, stable placement in the least restrictive situation possible.
• The right to regular medical and dental care, and any necessary mental health services.
• The right to needed developmental and educational services.
• The right to case-planning services and a permanent home consistent with the purposes of your custody.
• The right not to deteriorate while in state custody.
• The right not to be discriminated against based on race, religion, or gender
FPA- fights to protect children because they cannot protect themselves.

​When we have determined that a failing child welfare system is harmful to children and resistant to other means
of change, we take tough legal action to secure court orders mandating the system’s top-to-bottom reform.  And we remain in place to monitor progress for as long as it takes to ensure that improvements are made and maintained.We want to stop the inadequate services foster care agencies are failing to provide to foster parents and children. 

We need people of the community to get involved.

These children need your help; be that voice in the community; reach out and support our cause. You can get involved by becoming a Foster Parent Advocate, or by making a donation. We need to provide every child in foster care with an advocate in order to keep them safe. Get involved - no foster child should be without a strong relationship to a caring adult they can depend on in times of need. Foster youths need your support now by providing advocates to fight for their rights.                

​​ Parents: We need you to come on board, speak out, and make that change.

With the help of more American's, the lives of these young people can change for the better. Nearly every community is suffering from a shortage of foster families. More and more children need you. Children in foster care feel more secure and are likely to do better in school when they are able to stay in their own communities. The simple truth is, the larger the pool of qualified foster parents, the easier it will be to ensure these children remain in their own neighborhoods and schools, and stay together with their siblings.      

Change the future for a young person in foster care. Find out how to get involved.
​Our organization aims to provide a place for people affected by the child welfare system to have a voice and foster children to receive adequate services. 

We have advocates & activist and community organizers who organize people affected to let their voice be heard.  We also work to provide youths who have 'aged out' of the child welfare system, with the services they are entitled to receive. We want to work to build relationships between agencies and families, to ensure that parents and children in the foster care system receive the services they need and their voices are heard.

​ FPA-Foundation is a 501C3 activist, advocacy non-profit organization, founded in 2008. FPA provides community resources, educational programs, and support and training services for foster parents and children in the child welfare system.

               TAKE ACTION community
GET INVOLVED across the nation    ​ ​​​
      PEOPLE CAN NO LONGER SIT  ​​IN                              SILENCE

​​We are now a national social justice activist organization.​This Membership organization would like for  people effected across the nation to join our movement and become a member to fight for social justice issues & foster care reform in your state

We will be starting chapters in every state  but we need your help and support to do so. If we fail to act these injustices will continue to go on and children and families will be effected.

​To start a chapter in your state we need 15 members​​​ to start. We will come to your state  and start the movement. If you are interested in this cause and movement and want to be a proactive member.

​Here is your chance to do so. We will not be silent -our voices will be heard. give us a call  on our national number 1-888-692-9471

​​"Understand that by fighting for the impossible, one begins to make it possible."—Oscar Arias Sanchez, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate










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 Wait No More ​Foster Care Awareness Protest Rallies in the 5 boroughs of NYC. ​​​

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Come out and support the cause to bring awareness about what's going on in the foster care system​​. Foster care needs to be reform. Foster parents are being disrespected and have no rights. Foster children are not getting the services that they need. Parents rights are violated. Child abuse allegations are on the rise toward foster parents and they are not aware of their rights and steps that they need to take.

We have  protested  aganist  23 Foster care agencies . The Foster Care Awareness Protest Rallies  were held in the 5 boroughs  in  order to bring awareness that foster parents  and foster youths are facing.​

​Here are the agencies that we have protested against.We will continue to protest aganist any agency that ​​violates the rights of a Parents, foster parent or foster youth.

1-Harlem Dowling-Harlem Location
2-New York Foundling-Harlem Location
3-Children Village-Bronx,Harlem location
4-J.C.C.A-Bronx location
5-Sheltering Arms- Episcopal Social Service-Manhattan,Bronx
6-Children Aid Society-Manhattan
7-Good Shepherd-Bronx
8-Leake & Watts-Bronx
9-Catholic Guardian-Bronx,Harlem
10-Seamen's Society-Staten Island
11-St Dominic's-Bronx
12-Cardinal Mccloskey-Bronx
13-​​​​​​​​​​​​​Heart Share-Brooklyn
14-Catholic Charities-Manhattam​,Bronx
15-​​Little Flowers-Brooklyn
16-Edwin Gould-Brooklyn,Bronx​​​
17-​Administration for Children Services
18-​St Vincent Services-Brooklyn
19-​Graham Windham-Brooklyn
20-SCO agency in queens​






























Our Mission: ​We organize people from different communities fighting for social justice issues in their community in order to effect change.​​

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​​​  No family deserves harmful treatment by child welfare agency.

This information has been developed to help parents and foster parents deal with reports of child maltreatment involving their homes. Please keep in mind these things:

​ · All  families have a common issue regarding how abuse/neglect reports are ​handled in many locales. No family deserves harmful treatment by a child ​welfare agency.
· Foster families in many nations are at higher risk of report of maltreatment than ​the general public, although substantiation rates are lower.
· Joint solutions arrived at by foster parents and child welfare agencies at local, ​state, Provincial, and national levels are needed to address the problem.
· It is unreasonable to believe that most reports of maltreatment can be prevented.
(One can and should work to prevent maltreatment.)

                                                                 ​​ADVANCE PREPARATION

​ ​· Prepare as if it is going to happen to you. Expect that you or a family member ​may be reported for child maltreatment and, no matter what your relationship ​with the agency, the report must be taken seriously.

​ ​· Foster /parents need to know or learn about what the agency (or agencies) will do; what do the child protection laws mean for reports involving foster families ​​​​agency policy and procedures: of your agency and of agency responsible ​for child protection;​ exactly what to expect from your agency, from child protective services ​and from law enforcement personnel, when your home is reported for ​abuse/neglect;​whether your family has a specific way to give input into the investigation;
 How the investigation will be conducted regarding foster parents, own and ​foster children, others;​under what circumstances and when and how foster children will be ​removed; whether, when and how foster family is notified of finding–was report ​substantiated, not substantiated, unable to determine;
                                     How a report may affect pending adoption;
 ​On what basis will agency revoke foster home license or fail to renew ​license;
​ What appeal procedures are available at agency level; at state or ​Provincial level

​Know what resources and services may be available to your family.
​ Are there agency guidebook pages, policy pages, other written material ​available?
 Does agency maintain or cut-off communication of social workers with ​foster families?
 Do any support persons or support groups exist for reported foster ​families? (A few agencies and foster parent associations provide these.)
 What are the available resources to provide legal information, legal ​advice and, sometimes, legal representation?
· Know the strengths and weakness of your family as a foster family as seen by
the agency. (This is a good idea for foster care work in general.)

​Foster families need support through the long process of abuse/neglect ​report, investigation, disposition and other possible agency actions.

This ​may last for many months. Support is important to foster families both in
terms of their agency and fellow foster parents and in terms of their ​communities.

        ​Actions which foster parents can take:
1. Request education on child protection law specifically as it affects reported foster​ families. This should include information on guaranteed anonymity of the ​reporter, the need to take every report seriously; and how the legal status of ​foster parents differs from that of natural parents. It should also clarify how the ​terms used to indicate substantiated or ​unsubstantiated ​abuse differ from​ "innocent" and "guilty".

​2. Request written information from your agency (and from the public agency which​ will investigate report of maltreatment in a foster home) on exactly what can be
expected once abuse/neglect is reported. Ask that it be put in the foster care handbook. Ask that it be made available to all foster families, including newly licensed ​families. Make request in writing, dated.

​ 3. Request a current written evaluation of your foster home and specific feedback on
        any concerns the agency has in regard to your home. Do not accept verbal
        information only. If given verbal evaluation only, write a letter (keep copy) to
        confirm what you heard said.
  · Be prepared and willing to accept negatives in the evaluation and work to make
        change as needed. Write to show when they are corrected.
  · If the agency concerns are without basis, respond in writing to show what isnot
        accurate and invite further discussion.
  · Do not assume, because you are continually asked to handle difficult children,
        that the agency sees you as a highly capable family.
   · Having a clear picture of your family's strengths and weaknesses is a standard
  part of good foster care practice and can help you work well with an agency and
   reduce staff concerns when a report of maltreatment is received. It is also good
  "insurance" against any pretext in the future for non-renewal of license.
4. Keep a dated, written journal of all important events involving foster care in your ​​home and also of all communication and contacts with the agency, bio family, and ​others as needed.
 · This is different from the child's record, which goes with the child. This is an ​important record, which stays with you and ma​y be crucial to supporting your ​version of the situation in an appeals hearing.
 5. When asking for assistance -- for examples in managing a particular child -- put ​the request both in the journal and in a dated, signed letter, and keep a copy.​· If you repeat the request, record this in the journal and send another signed, ​dated, letter and keep a copy.

· These written requests may assist you and your worker to get the assistance ​needed. Your written records may ​also prove important later to supporting what ​you say.

​6.Plan in​​ advance for support to yourself and your family.

· Ask if the agency will provide support/from staff not involved in the investigation ​or from specifically designated foster parents. (Some agencies do. Many may ​not, due to confusion of "support" with "taking sides", and/or to concern about ​weakening a legal case. However, it is worth asking and reminds the agency of​its service mission.)

· Ask your foster parent association to provide support for reported foster families.​(Some associations now do this.) work to help set up a support system.

· Select a few persons in your community who are important to you -- a friend, ​minister, neighbor, employer -- with whom you will discuss abuse/neglect reports​in foster care. Let them know a) that foster families are at high risk to be ​reported and that your family is no exception; b) that child protection requires ​that all reports be looked into seriously; c) what the agency is likely to do when ​abuse is reported; d) that, due to observing confidentiality, you will not be ​discussing your foster children's lives.

· Ask if these persons would be willing to give support, not take sides, should a ​report involving your family be made.

7, Ask your agency and foster parent association to begin work in advance on legal ​resources for foster families who may be reported. These include resources for ​legal information, advice, and, perhaps, legal representation. There is little ​generally available to provide legal information, advice and/or representation for ​foster families reported for child abuse or neglect.

· Begin by asking (both foster parent association and agency) for training ​meetings on legal considerations when abuse is reported. Invite speakers who ​are attorneys, law enforcement personnel, protective services staff, and others.

· Consider developing written information for foster parents on their legal and ​other rights when abuse is reported; how to know what they need legal help for ​and how to find competent legal advice.

· Caution: For many aspects of abuse investigation work, legal representation is ​not required and may not be useful unless foster families can find attorneys ​knowledgeable about foster care and child protective services. In addition, the ​legal fees can be very high due to time spent learning about the system.($)

8. Work in advance with your agency and your foster parent association on ​developing good policies for responding to foster families when abuse is reported.


· Much less can be done "after the fact," after report occurs.
· The situation is complicated by foster family stress and by agency noncooperation ​in many instances.
​· Expect that agency policies may mean it will act rapidly whether or not there is ​any indication or risk of child abuse/neglect: may include cutoff of ​communication; removals of foster children; non-return of foster children;
        removal or non-renewal of license and/or no further placements of children.
· You need to learn what your agency’s policies and child protection agency ​policies are. ​Community actions

​ 1. *IMPORTANT* Do not isolate yourselves, especially from other foster parents.
 Do not stigmatize and stress yourselves and others by keeping this crisis a ​"secret." Remember that foster families are at risk to be reported.

​· Confidentiality of children's lives must be maintained, of course, but does not ​prohibit you from saying you have been reported for maltreatment!

​ · "Confidentiality" applies to client lives; it does not interfere with rights to
        individual freedom of speech (U.S. First Amendment).

​​ 2. Request assistance from your foster parent support group or state or Provincial or ​national association to get needed information, support and resources.
 3. Request information from the agency on exactly what to expect once
        maltreatment is reported.
 4. Continue or begin a dated written journal of events and communications.​ Keep ​good records.

​ 5. Seek out support from agency (if available), other foster families and persons ​important to you in community. Participate in (or start) a support group.
6. Insist on giving full input into the investigation. If you have not been interviewed, ​or you found the interviews inadequate, put into writing (keep a copy) the ​complete information you wish to give and send it to investigator.

​7. Ask what information on legal rights exists and what you need an attorney for.
 8. Request assistance from agency in explaining to children as needed, whether ​removed or not, what is happening and why. Ask agency assistance to maintain ​communication from your family with removed children. (Important to children!)

​9. Expect the process to take a long time to resolve, sometimes six months to a ​year.

​ · If children have been removed, plan activities during this period to help with loss ​and grief, including work which allows you to continue being active and "giving".

​· Pay attention to your health, physical and emotional. Foster parents may suffer​a loss of confidence and self-esteem when suddenly treated by the agency in ​ways which feel negative. Foster parents often experience grief from the losses ​of children and losses of identity if foster children are suddenly or ​inappropriately removed.

​10. Maintain your professionalism as foster parents, cooperating fully with the ​investigation, insisting on giving full input and on being treated appropriately and ​seeking all appropriate information and resources to assist you at this time.

               ​                       BEYOND INDIVIDUAL FOSTER FAMILY EXPERIENCES

Once foster parents/parents have been through the experience, they have valuable insights ​and experiences to share. Work with your agency and foster parent association in ​jointly toward more constructive ways of handling abuse/neglect reports in foster care. ​From “ADVANCE PREPARATION:”

                                        ​​1.Request education, 2. Request ​information

​ .Work on legal resources, and:· work for positive changes in agency policy and procedures

​ ​· work on state or Provincial policy and information and resources for foster ​families when abuse/neglect is reported.

​​· share with other agencies and foster parent associations those new policies,​procedures and other ideas which are working well.

​· keep in mind that foster parenting, done well, almost always involves being child ​advocates. Improving how foster families are treated once maltreatment is ​reported will be helpful to foster children as well as to foster parents and their ​own children.



​We are NOT lawyers and nothing on this page should be construed as legal advice! ​We are social workers,volunteer advocates and activist and  not lawyer's trying to help you with your foster care case or social justice issue.  FPA-Foundation-The people's movement is a activist, advocacy social justice organization that focus on foster care reform for children & families and social justice issues that are effecting the community.  

​​At FPA, we are dedicated to improving foster care, education, health, and well being of youths and communities of color by empowering them to enact social change through research, training, and community mobilization.​We envision communities where individuals use their voice to empower others to make changes.

The mission of the FPA-Foundation is to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to have a significant impact in improving their communities and the policies and institutions that affect their lives. ​FPA-Foundation strengthens, connects and mobilizes grassroots groups,youths and people in the community to enhance their leadership,voice and power. We believe that community-based organizations, led by the people most affected by social and economic injustice.

​FPA-Foundation-The People’s Movement Vision

​Works to improve the effectiveness of social policies, programs, and community initiatives, especially as they affect youth and young adults.

FPA-Foundation The people’s movement works to change the U.S. child welfare system (child protective services, family courts, and foster care ) from one of abuse and neglect to one of protection and support.

FPA-Foundation The people’s movement works to advance the civil and human rights of people through  advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development.

FPA-Foundation The peope’s Movement believe that everyone should have a voice in the decisions that affect our lives and be fully engaged in our democracy.

FPA-Foundation The People’s Movement believe in an America that honors the diversity of our racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as our experiences, talents and dreams.

FPA-Foundation The people’s Movement believe that only together – by sharing our hopes, connecting with each other, and taking action together – can we change our communities and nation for the better.

FPA-Foundation The people’s movement work to change wide range of issues that affect children and families, especially poor and minority children and youths.

What We Do
FPA-Foundation The  People’s Movement:
We ensure that the people voices are heard in Washington and shape the national conversation about building a better America.
            We strengthen the local power of these groups and elevate their voices from the grassroots to the national level. ​We deliver the grassroots message with authentic voices. We leverage our relationships with grassroots community leaders, ethnic and mainstream media, and national opinion makers to advocate for low-income people.

            We unite grassroots groups,youths, people in the community and leaders across race and ethnicity, issues and geography to solve some of the most pressing problems facing low-income people today.

            ​We bring together grassroots groups to learn from one another and our expert staff, and to join forces on common causes.
            We are a catalyst for action. Leveraging one of the broadest and most diverse networks of community based organizations

            FPA-Foundation The People’s Movement :We organize people from different communities fighting for social justice issues in their community in order to effect change.
            We nurture the next generation of leaders. We discover opportunity and potential where others don't. Thousands of organizers and community leaders touch the Center for Community Change each year – we are dedicated to finding the stars of tomorrow and preparing them to lead.

We incubate the ideas that will shape a better tomorrow. We bring together the most creative thinkers from the grassroots to the ivory tower to develop innovative solutions and a vision for an America where we're all in it together.


2014-2015 Funders/Members Supporter's.

FPA-Foundation- thanks its generous supporters. ​Foundations, private organizations & community organizations

The New York Community Trust
North Star​ Fund
Beacon Group​
Annabell Palmers/DYCD 
Citizens Committee for NewYork City​

        ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​FPA-Monthly Supporters

Tiffany Frazier
        Patrice Antoine
        Lannicolle Warner​​
        Oluwatayo Ashaolu​
        Donald Lash​​
        Katie Silberies​​
Odell Mcmillian
Estelle Johnson
Tamika Willis
John Lance
Anna Alavarodoz
        Rose Watts

There are many ways that you can support FPA-Foundation. Here are just a few:

            BECOME AN INDIVIDUAL DONOR: Every contribution helps! Give a gift to FPA-Foundation to, and help sustian our work for the long haul. Please contact Dorin Matthews or Sylvia Hooper, our Founder's at unitedfosterparents@yahoo.com if you are interested in being part of our donor program.

            BECOME A DUES PAYING MEMBER ORGANIZATION: Do you think your organization has the values and principles of fighting for the FPA-Foundation, well then join us!!

            BECOME A VOLUNTEER: Donate time, money, resources to our actions

            BECOME A RESOURCE ALLY: If you are an academic, lawyer, professor or researcher, we are always looking for folks who can offer research support to our member  ​​organizations, help up draft policy and reports that move the ideas behind the movement and make the work relevant.

Here are other ways  how you can help support FPA-Foundation. Support the work we are doing around foster care & social justice issues in the community.We need materials & supplies.

Protest signs-$500
Organize Meeting-$100
4Permits for Protest- $​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​200
5 Transportation cards-Community Organizer- ​$150
Monthly Transportation Cards-$105​​
Campaign Ads- 3,000
Training Workshop​​ Materials- $300
Post cards for organization- $150 ​
Flyers- $300​
Radio Advertisement- $800
T-Shirts- $400​​
Trips to Washington DC-Varies
Bullhorns- $200
Banners-$ 250
Mailing Supplies to community- $500​​​
Refreshment & Snacks- $100
Hotline Number/Phones​​-$150
4 OutreachTables-​ $200
Projector/Screen for events- $1,000​
Community Organizer-Stipend Every 2 Weeks-$200​-​We need 5 organizers-1,000
Youth social justice workshops​​-Metrocards,snacks,materials,tshirts

​$25, $50​, $75,$100,$200,$500,$1,000 $2500 5,000



Foster Care Awareness Protest  Rallies in the 5                                      Boroughs
FPA-Foundation was featured on the Here and Now show on January 13,2013 at 12pm. 



 ​​Demand ACS Reform Now

​This will be a National movement to bring awareness about lack of supportive services being provided to children & families. We can no longer sit in silence and allow for  foster children to continue to fall threw the cracks and lack of support for families.  The foster care agencies have dropped the ball and failed to protect these children across the nation.

1-Lack of supportive services for parents,foster children/ foster families.

2-Shortage/Lack of support for parents/foster parents causing them to quit. Retailation when they make complaints. This has to stop.

3-Foster Care Corruption-Misconduct,false documentation, and no oversite is being done.​​

            4-Violating parents rights and due process.​​

            5-Advocates needed for people affected by child welfare system​​-not agency advocates or ACS.

            6-Foster care agencies fail to follow poli​cy & procedure​​

            7-Abuse of power over the clients

            8-Over site Monitor is needed to take complaints and investigate complaints made about  ACS and foster care agencies.

            9-Family court needs monitor because of treatment toward parents​​. Attorney assigned are not helping the parents. 

            10- Parents need to have policy manual on their rights & foster parents need foster parent manual which they are not receiving.​​
            11- ​People 
affected need to have a advocates not with the agencies.​​

​​​​Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment

New York state maintains a registry of those suspected of child abuse. You can be placed in this registry even if you have not been arrested. You have a right to a hearing if an ACS worker has placed you in this registry. ACS workers will usually place you in this system even if they find no evidence of child abuse in order to protect their jobs. This is one of the most abused systems in New York. If you have received a letter stating that you have been “indicated” for child abuse, contact us at 646-402-6133 for assistance & support.

The purpose of the Child Protective Services Act of 1973 is to encourage more complete reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. The law established a Child Protective Service in each county in New York. Each Child Protective Service is required to investigate child abuse and maltreatment reports, to protect children (under 18 years old) from further abuse or maltreatment, and to provide rehabilitative services to children, parents, and other family members involved.

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services maintains a Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment for reports made pursuant to the Social Services Law.
The Central Register, also known as the “Hotline”, receives telephone calls alleging child abuse or maltreatment within New York State. The Central Register relays information from the calls to the local Child Protective Service for investigation, monitors their prompt response, and identifies if there are prior child abuse or maltreatment reports.

Among those who are mandated to make reports are:
medical and hospital personnel
school officials
social service workers
child care workers
residential care workers and volunteers, and
law enforcement personnel.

​Important Laws

Because child welfare goes beyond child safety to focus on parental rights, and because Courts are involved, it is very important to have a full understanding of the key laws that guide work in this area.
Adoption And Safe Families Act (ASFA)​A 1997 law that restricts the amount of time a child can be in foster care before the agency initiates a Termination of Parental Rights.

Child Abuse Prevention And Treatment Act (CAPTA)

This law includes important provisions regarding newborns who test positive for drugs.
Confidentiality For Drug Treatment Clients​It’s hard to work with drug treatment without understanding 42 CFR Pt. 2, also known as “the Confidentiality Law”.

​NYS Permanency Law
The State law that is guiding family court practice in New York City today.
NYS Permanency Legislation
NEW LAWS HELP FAMILIESin December, 2005, NYS enacted legislation known as the Permanency Bill.  This Bill was passed in part to make sure children in foster care have more frequent and continuous judicial and agency reviews of their situation.

        ​Key provisions include:

Require a permanency hearing once every six months (rather than every 12 months as before).  The court must calendar a specific date for the next permanency hearing at each hearing.  Stakeholders leave each hearing knowing when they are next expected in court and can plan accordingly.
Require permanency hearings to be completed within 30 days.

Have a single judge work on the case throughout the child’s time in the system, and until an adoption is finalized​Have continuous legal representation for children and parents (i.e., a single attorney works with the child throughout the life of the case)

Include 18- to 21-year old children voluntarily placed into foster care in the Family Court permanency process; and​Require submission of a detailed permanency report  on the child and the family at least two weeks before each permanency hearing.

CAPTA: The Child Abuse Law Which Could Destroy Your Reputation

The Legal Abduction of Children
Horrendous as it sounds, it's true: child abuse has become a business – an industry of sorts – that actually pays states to legally abduct your children and put them up for adoption!
Even more unbelievable is that, instead of pumping the money back into child protective service programs, some states actually are putting it into their general funds to help balance their budgets.

​About the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)
The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is the federal law on which almost all state and local legislation and funding for child protective services are based. Enacted in 1988, CAPTA directs the U.S. Health and Human Services' Administration for Children & Families to provide grants to communities for child abuse prevention programs.

As a federal mandate, CAPTA mandates states to implement child abuse laws on their own, so they can align themselves for the massive funding and grants that go along with the law.
In theory as the years went by, if the goal for this law – to reduce child abuse in this country – had been successful, then today we should need less funding for these programs, not more. Success also should have resulted in fewer children in foster care and even fewer being put up for adoption.
But in reality, the opposite happened. Instead of less children in foster care, the numbers went up for nine years after CAPTA was passed. And, layers and layers of state and federal government programs and agencies whose funding depends solely on child abuse occurring were created.

In 1999 foster care numbers started dropping – but only because of new laws that encouraged states to move children out of foster care and into adoptive homes.​Of course, that legislation came with funding too, giving CPS a new avenue for making more money and creating more jobs and more programs. The tragedy is what Van Doorn pointed out in his campaign: the financial incentives for rooting out child abuse actually encourage agencies to make false accusations against parents, and to tear families apart for something that did not occur.

How this Law Actually has Increased Child Abuse Reports
What happened is not an anomaly, nor is it new. In 1991, the bi-partisan National Commission on Children had already figured out that children were being taken from their families "prematurely or unnecessarily" because federal formulas give states "a strong financial incentive" to do so rather than provide services to keep families together."1

        ​As a result, the federal government and a number of states created legislation that was supposed to keep more families together. But as the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform (NCCPR) reports, those efforts only disrupted more families, and encouraged more adoptions.

Again, the reason is financial: the new laws give "bounties to states of up to $8,000 or more per child  for every adoption they finalize over a baseline number," NCCPR reports. And again, all the help goes to foster and adoptive parents. "About the only parents the federal government won't help indefinitely are birth parents," NCCPR found.

But the injustices don't stop there, because in order to get that money, states have to have children to take away and place – and therein lies the incentive to falsely accuse parents of harming their children and to forcibly remove children even when there is no evidence to do so.​"CPS nationally are doing a job they've never been trained to do," says Kim Hart, a trial strategist and facilitator who has been assisting attorneys in defending persons accused of child abuse for more than 18 years. They're investigating people who have never been charged, and calling them child abusers, and taking kids away, and they get paid to do it.

This mechanism is bigger than what most people know. It goes all the way back to the 1980s with legislation that told states they had to develop registries with mandatory child abuse reporting."
The money that follows a child abuse accusation and subsequent placement of the so-called endangered children into foster care or adoption is the real catalyst for the epidemic of child abuse accusations, Hart said.

"And there is no incentive for any physician or anybody involved to be intellectually honest about this because the law also gives them immunity if they're wrong," she said.
"So what happens is that the minute CPS is involved – or the second the EMTs are called (for example, in sudden infant death or alleged shaken baby cases), parents are already labeled as child abusers."
How are States Spending this Extra Money?

According to NCCPR, in FY 2010 the federal government is expected to spend at least $7 more on foster care and $4 more on adoption for every dollar spent to prevent foster care or speed reunification. This is based on President Obama's $4.681 billion foster care budget for FY2010 – an increase of $21 million over FY2009. The number represents a decrease of 4,300 children a month in foster care.
But this decrease is based on "placement of children in more permanent settings." In other words, states are getting more money to take care of fewer children by placing more of them in adoptive homes.
The law also increases incentives for adoption by paying out $1,000 to $8,000 extra for certain types of children who are placed for adoption.

The twist is that states are not required to put this money back in to keeping families intact or even for preventing child abuse. Instead, by law, they can use it for non-child-related things, such as delivering meals to senior citizens or for transportation services, or a range of other home-based services!
In San Diego, Van Doorn couldn't get a direct answer when he demanded that city officials tell him where their $4,000 per adopted child was going. But a look at any state's budget – from Minnesota to Florida to Connecticut and back to California – can tell you that local governments and states are cutting back or flat-lining children's services and using these extra federal dollars to balance their budgets .
Not Enough Abused Children? Change the Definition of Child Abuse

This certainly is a convoluted way to stop child abuse, if for no other reason than it's a form of child abuse to tear families apart and take children away from parents who are accused of doing something they didn't do. It also doesn't explain one of the newer definitions of child abuse that came along after CAPTA was enacted, Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS).

Reliable statistics on SBS do not exist, but according to the National Shaken Baby Coalition (NSBC), as many as 1,500 babies a year are shaken by their parents, and either severely injured or killed.
While the numbers may not seem exceedingly large, they still add another arena in which CPS can seize children from their parents, and place them in adoptive homes – and claim the booty that the federal government gives them for doing this.

On the Backs of Children, an Industry Based on Child Abuse has Arisen

 CPS proudly announced that due to their efforts, child abuse reports had gone down. But again, busted t – the numbers went down, he said, because the public had begun to catch on to the county's recent court cases they'd lost in conjunction with false child abuse allegations.

When you apply this same thinking to the national statistics, it makes you wonder how many other states and local municipalities are dealing with false allegations.​The truth is staggering,  and is so prevalent that countless blogs have popped up addressing the problem, as well as entire websites devoted to helping people who've been falsely accused of child abuse.

Again, the numbers tell the story:
In 1990, two years after CAPTA was created, nearly 2.6 million children nationwide were reported as abused and/or neglected, and referred for investigation.  Despite the law, six years later, in 1996, 3 million children were reportedly abused, and under CPS "investigations." Today the number varies, depending on how federal authorities define child abuse. Under one definition, statistics show that the numbers have dropped by nearly a third.

But with a "more inclusive" definition, the numbers have stayed the same at about 3 million – or about 1 in every 25 children. In a 2010 report to Congress, the Administration on Children & Families explained how the numbers figure in the face of other data showing a decline in child abuse.
But no matter how you interpret them, or whether the numbers have the stayed the same or dropped, the Congressional report doesn't explain why the President and Congress have continued to inflate budgets with more money to take children away from their families.

​So what can you or I do about it?

        ​This is an issue that can't be fixed with a single article or a few phone calls. It's a national problem that's gone on for decades, that needs local and federal pushes to change the laws that made these injustices possible.

Coincidentally, CAPTA is up for renewal in 2011, with billions more of your money proposed for the kinds of child abuse "prevention" that I've talked about here.​In an effort to change this, I encourage you to study the links I've included in this article, and then contact your legislators and ask them to take a closer look at the monster that CAPTA has created.​While sunsetting the law or stopping its funding is probably only a dream, FPA believes it's possible that with enough pressure, you can lobby to have the "immunity" clause removed from this, so that at the very least, agencies who falsely accuse parents of child abuse can't do so without being held responsible.

        FPA-Foundation has been making trips to Washington DC to speak with congress about Child Protective services and how familes and children are being impacted​​​



July​​​​ 2015- FPA-The Activist Radio Show will air every Sunday starting July 19th at 7pm-8pm. ​​Please call in to the show at Please call The Show Number: (724) 444-7444 The show Call ID: 138583   

Press Release Steps of City Hall
Thursday July 30th at 1:00pm.Share your story today if your a parent,foster parents or youth in care.​


The CWRRC-Child Welfare Review & Reform Coalition will be conducting investigations in the communities about ACS and the foster care agencies. If interested in joining our committee please call 1-646-402-6133 or email reform @fpafoundatin.org.

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FPA-Foundation on Youtube-check out our channel on fpafoundation for our protest and testimonies from the community effected by foster care system.
​​This site is to raise awareness about social justices issues and the  child welfare system, to get the stories of their illegal and unethical practices into the public eye, to offer support to those who are going through it and to try and protect children from this system. 
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         A Family's Guide to the Child Welfare System

    ​​We are pleased to share with you A Family's Guide to the Child Welfare System, a comprehensive resource that answers many of the questions families face when they become involved with the child welfare system.Written in a simple, question-and-answer format, and grounded in the experiences of families and child welfare professionals from across the country, A Family's Guide is meant to be a tool to help families learn about-experiences other families have had with the child welfare system;
    child welfare laws and policies that influence the actions and decisions of child welfare workers and courts;
    people families will meet, the service systems they work in, and their roles with families;
    ways to advocate for their family's rights (their own and their children's);
    responsibilities of parents involved with the child welfare system; and​practical tips from other parents.
    ​Click on the link for manual http://www.cwla.org/childwelfare/familyguide.htm
People affected by the child welfare system such as parents,youths,foster parents,fathers kinship relatives, and children must be informed about their rights and obligations and must be able to seek review of agency decisions regarding their removal of their children.  ACS/ Foster care agencies /family courts must conduct hearings fairly, issue timely decisions, and ensure that agency staff comply promptly and fully with Court hearing decisions. This is a part of the due process requirements by ACS and the contracted foster care agencies as well as family courts.

        FPA-Foundation-works to make due process and fair treatment a reality for low-income individuals in the 5 boroughs and to hold government agencies accountable for complying with the law.

Kinship Aunt Tricia Rowan -rights was violated by SCO Foster care agency in queens. See her story here and on NY1 queens news
Parent & Grandmother  shares their experience with ACS and Foster Care Agencies
Former foster youths shares her foster care experience





                    ​​​ ​​​FPA-Foundation has started a coalition called
          ​              Child Welfare Review & Reform Coalition.

​​​​Advocacy Group Starts A Coalition To Conduct Investigations over the Administration for Children’s Services & Contracted Foster Care Agencies in the 5 boroughs. This Citywide Initiative will focus on how the community is interacting with ACS and the contracted foster care agencies in the 5 boroughs. This will focus on reform of child welfare system.

New York,NY-July 30,2015-FPA-Foundation a citywide advocacy organization announced today that it has started a child welfare review and reform coalition that will be conducting investigations in the 5 boroughs about misconduct from ACS and contracted foster care agency workers.

3200 complaints were made by the community at the public advocates office and office of advocacy against ACS and foster care agencies in the 5 boroughs. Since 2014 to present these complaints have fell on death ears. It is a real shame the way ACS abuses families in NYC and how no one is held accountable for the way ACS mistreats people they should be helping.The ACS Office of Advocacy handles it’s own complaints and this is the issue. This coalition called CWRRC-Child Welfare Review & Reform Coalition of community groups and parents will be taking the necessary action in order for corrective actions to take place.

The press is invited to attend the FPA-Foundation press release. Low income communities such as the bronx and brooklyn,have been targeted and have the highest amount of child removals from ACS. Parents due process rights has been being violated. Parents are not getting supportive services to reunify back with their children and their voices are not being heard. Parents expressed how they are being mistreated by foster care agencies, ACS and family courts. The commissioner Gladys Carrion has not been truthful and we are hear to tell our side of the story. Reform is needed. We cannot continue to have no accountability from ACS,and contracted foster care agencies. ​This attack on poor children & families must be stop. FPA will be on the steps on Thursday July 30th at 1:00pm. Don’t miss this press release!​​Visit- Youtube under fpafoundation to see 300 video testimonies from the community.        ​

We need a solution and we need these things to be stopped, it has been happening for too long, the media have to talk about it, because this shame is not good, because children & families are being affected. I think people are not aware of what is going on in the foster care system, because the media does not want to talk about it.They only focus on death of a child. That’s why we will campaign, to demonstrate about the massive destruction that is going on in the foster care system nationally. How they are violating the rights of low income parents, How adoptive youths are back on the street and adoptive parents are getting subsidies check for them. How foster youths are aged out to homelessness.How foster children are put on pyschotrophic medication. How       recruitment of bad foster parents have plague the system. How the system does not respect parents and their rights. We need family court reform & ACS Form. We need accountability because too many children & families are being affected. We continue to bring Awareness about these injustices and to SHOW people that reform is needed. Enough is enough. Join our movement today www.fpafoundation.org. Come out and support this cause. 1-646-402-6133. Come forward and share your story with FPA-Foundation today-You are not alone!
Parent shares her experience with  Administration For Children Services
Foster Care Awareness IN THE 5 BOROUGHS OF New York City 
Aretha Boomer -Former homeless youth shares her story.
 ​Join our movement to fight for a over site committee over ACS/Foster care agencies/Family courts. We need  accountability for whats happening to our children in care and violation of parents due process and rights. Contact us today to become a  partner. We will not be silent our voices will be heard. Look at the video below with a FPA-Parent Members shares their experience with child welfare.

"We can no longer rely on our government and it's bureaucrats to do the right things to help us. Our government is broken in virtually every aspect and instead of helping us it is hurting all of us"

The Community  wants a Over site committee over ACS.
FPA-Foundation is Organizing to Shift Power: ​​What We Do in the Community. Community Organizing around Issues.

         We  are creating a power base that can hold leaders accountable to the people who are affected by their decisions.
         We let our membership or constituents take the lead in collective action-planning and decision-making.
          whose leadership comes directly from the people who are most affected by the issues you are organizing around.
        Working to Build a Movement:
         We  organize in the local community, but make connections between local issues and a broader need for systemic change.
         We provide a space for members to develop their political analyses at the same time as taking action for change.
         We  break down barriers within the progressive movement, by building strategic alliances between groups of different cultural or class backgrounds or different issue areas.
         We explore the root causes of injustice and have a long-term vision for the kind of social change they are working for.
        Dismantling Oppression:
         We are involved with projects that are proactively engaged in a process of dismantling oppression, confronting privilege, and challenging institutional structures that perpetuate oppression (both internal and external to the organization).
         We are proactively making connections between the different forms of oppression (racism, heterosexism, sexism, ageism, classism, ableism, etc.), and its connections with injustice.
        Creating New Structures:
         We have alternative organizational structures that allow power to flow “from the bottom up.”
         Efforts to create new, community-based alternative systems and structures (economic, political, cultural,
religious, etc.) that are liberating, democratic, and environmentally sustainable and which promote healthy, sustainable communities.
FPA-Foundation, being honored for our work representing children & families in the 5 boroughs and for our ongoing fight for justice, is proud to be part of this group of courageous social activists. On May 13,2015 Dorin Matthews & Sylvia Hooper and other Courageous Activist of New York City was honored by Child Welfare Organizing Project.


Founder Dorin Matthews of FPA-Foundation, is being honored as a National Reunification Hero for June 2015 by the American bar Association.​ For Reunification Month each year, we ask for nominations for parents, professionals, and youth who were described as heroes for demonstrating the compassion and perseverance, despite the challenges, to keep families together.Check out the website for her interview. http://www.americanbar.org/groups/child_law/what_we_do/projects/nrd/heroes.html
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