New York Foster Youth Funders Group is a peer network of grantmakers who are funding or interested in the area of foster youth in New York. The purpose of the group is to keep our hand on the pulse of salient issues and initiatives impacting foster youth in New York, as well as share our own funding priorities.
Philanthropy New York members funding or interested in the area of foster youth in New York are invited to join the group's summer meeting.
The Vera Institute of Justice, in partnership with the City of New York, has launched the NYC Task Force on Ending Girls’ Incarceration. Composed of agency decision-makers from a range of city agencies (e.g. Administration for Children’s Services, Department of Probation, NYPD, Department of Education) as well as non-profit and community child advocacy agency representatives, the Task Force will examine the unique patterns of juvenile incarceration for girls—including significant “cross over” from child welfare—and design a comprehensive strategic plan to bring the number of girls in detention and placement to zero. The work of the Task Force is enhanced by a Youth Advisory Council as well as an Expert Advisory Council made up of advocates, organizers, academics and other key voices in the field.
Because the majority of girls enter the juvenile justice system for charges that pose little threat to public safety, juvenile detention is often misused as a holding facility for high-need youth involved with other systems, like child welfare. Indeed, initial data shows that over half of the girls entering NYC juvenile detention were involved in some stage of the child welfare system at the time of their arrest. In these instances, a stay in detention may be used to stop problematic behavior, ensure a youth’s safety, and create stability until responsible agencies can determine what to do next. But evidence demonstrates that this is not a viable approach—detention is not physically or emotionally safe, it typically exacerbates underlying trauma, and it undermines any trust that system actors have built with a given adolescent making them that much harder to engage in services.
- Krista Larson, Director, Youth Justice, Vera Institute
- Nick Turner, President, Vera Institute
Grantmakers who are funding or interested in the area of foster youth in New York.
8:45 - 9:00 AM Check-in
9:00 - 11:00 AM Program
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