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Voluntary Foster Care

VOLUNTARY FOSTER CARE

Foster care does not necessarily mean a child protective agency such as The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) or the Department of Social Services (DSS) has removed a child from their parent(s) as a result of abuse or neglect/ maltreatment.

In New York, a parent is able to voluntarily place their child(ren) in foster care under certain circumstances and may later request their return home. Typically, parent(s) will not have the benefit of counsel when executing these written contractual agreements with ACS or DSS and therefore may not fully appreciate what’s entailed.Yet, when ACS or DSS seek court approval of these agreements to transfer temporary care 

and custody from the parent to ACS/DSS, one of the several findings a court must make is whether the parent(s) knowingly and voluntarily signed said agreement. In New York, a parent is able to voluntarily place their child(ren) in foster care under certain circumstances and may later request their return home. Typically, parent(s) will not have the benefit of counsel when executing these written contractual agreements with ACS or DSS and therefore may not fully appreciate what’s entailed. Yet, when ACS or DSS seek court approval of these agreements to transfer temporary care and custody from the parent to ACS/DSS, one of the several findings a court must make is whether the parent(s) knowingly and voluntarily signed said agreement. 

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WHAT CAN THE DROSS LAW FIRM DO FOR YOU?

While it is not a “one fit all” solution for every family, it could offer a family additional support and services that would be unavailable or otherwise cumbersome to obtain. “As a former foster child, former kinship foster parent, former ACS prosecutor, and current parent, I offer clients something most attorneys simply cannot: insight. As a child, I’ve been to many places where ACS houses children including ACS’ Children’s Center, various foster homes, group homes, a residential treatment center, and even several kinship homes. As a therapeutic foster parent, I completed parenting and various child-rearing classes, and complied with home visits and foster care agency directives. As an ACS prosecutor, I’ve been on the inside, assessing cases of abuse or neglect, reviewing evidence and determining what is sufficient or needed, advising CPS and foster care agency case planners on what steps to take, and expending hundreds of hours preparing and presenting cases to the court. At The Dross Law Firm, with this experience, we can actually relate to our clients, thereby enabling us to provide practical solution-based representation on a different level. Our clients matter, their family matters, and therefore lived experience matters.” – Arique Dross III, Managing Attorney.