ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Legislators have approved amending the state law to require agencies placing children in foster care to first check whether prospective parents have done it before and provided poor or questionable care.
Sponsors say caseworkers sometimes remove children from homes suspected of being unsafe without either revoking the parents' certificate to provide foster care or reporting them to the state's child abuse hotline. Those parents may simply apply to another agency for foster children and get money for their care.
The amendment would require all foster care agencies check with the office of children and family services. It will now head to Governor Cuomo's desk.