Limits the number of cases a foster care worker may have under her supervision at any one time to 16 cases.
Ayes (4): Montgomery, Schneiderman, Huntley, Duane
Ayes W/R (1): McDonald
Nays (1): Marcellino
BILL NUMBER: S1357
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the social services law, in relation to limitations on the number of cases handled by child welfare personnel
PURPOSE : This bill will limit the number of cases that a foster care caseworker can have at anyone time to sixteen cases.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 amends section 409-g of the social services law to limit the number of cases on a foster care worker's caseload to a maximum of 16.
Section 2 provides for an effective date of 60 days after the bill becomes law.
EXISTING LAW : Currently there are no limits on the number of cases that a foster care worker can have on the case load.
JUSTIFICATION : According to the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA), caseworkers in New York State handle an average of 25-30 cases at a time. This overload of cases seriously undermines the effectiveness of their work, keeps them from providing adequate services to the families they serve, and places the foster children in harm's way. There have been a number of recent cases where foster children have languished in the system because of the worker's inability to get the cases in order. Most of the time the reason for this is not the caseworker's ineptness, but the overwhelming number of services they need to coordinate for so many families. According to the National Association of Social Workers (NA8W) the maximum number of cases a foster care worker can adequately serve is 16.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2003/04: S.5705/A.3798 A.1984/S.3160 of 2006-08
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 1357 A. 3877 2009-2010 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y January 28, 2009 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sens. MONTGOMERY, ADAMS, DIAZ, DUANE, ONORA- TO, PARKER, SAMPSON, SCHNEIDERMAN, SERRANO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. ROBINSON, ESPAILLAT, PEOPLES, POWELL, ZEBROWSKI, CLARK, MILLMAN, GREENE, BRENNAN, CARROZZA, COLTON, MAYERSOHN, PERALTA, PERRY, J. RIVERA, SWEENEY, WEISENBERG -- read once and referred to the Committee on Children and Families AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to limitations on the number of cases handled by child welfare personnel THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The section heading of section 409-g of the social services law, as added by chapter 611 of the laws of 1979, is amended to read as follows: Training of child welfare personnel; LIMITATION ON CASELOADS. S 2. Section 409-g of the social services law is amended by adding a new closing paragraph to read as follows: NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, THE NUMBER OF CASES UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF ANY FOSTER CARE WORKER SHALL NOT EXCEED SIXTEEN AT ANY ONE TIME. S 3. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01849-01-9