The Office of Children and Family Services serves New York's public by promoting the safety, permanency and well-being of our children, families and communities. We will achieve results by setting and enforcing policies, building partnerships, and funding and providing quality services.
OCFS is dedicated to improving the integration of services for New York's children, youth, families, and vulnerable populations, promoting their development, and protecting them from violence, neglect, abuse and abandonment.
OCFS directly funds a variety of community services programs to improve the lives of children, families, and vulnerable adults.
The agency operates the Statewide Central Register for Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR), often called the child abuse hotline, and oversees programs and services involving foster care; adoption and adoption assistance; youth bureaus; runaway and homeless youth programs; child protective services; adult protective services; and services for victims of domestic violence.
OCFS is also responsible for the functions performed by the New York State Commission for the Blind and coordinates state government response to the needs of Native Americans on reservations and in communities.
The agency provides oversight and monitoring of regulated child care, legally exempt child care, child care subsidies, child care resource and referrals, and the Advantage After School Program.
OCFS operates residential juvenile justice facilities and a reception center program for youth placed in the custody of OCFS by family and criminal courts, and regulates the operation of detention programs and the provision of services to juvenile justice youth placed with local departments of social services.
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