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Council on Children

Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

A.9523-B (AM Fields) / S.6361-B (Sen. Foley) - "Denise's Law"; authorizes approved applicant to petition family court for the review by a physician of a youth for possible drug and alcohol detoxification. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in opposition to legislation by the Council on Children, April 2010.

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A.11273-A (AM Lavine) / S.7833-A (Sen. Foley) - "Denise's Law"; would allow parents to bring a motion under PINS to have their child put into alcohol or substance abuse treatment and would require insurers to cover the costs for such treatment. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in opposition to legislation by the Council on Children, June 2010.

Child Protective Placement/Foster Care

A.7598 (AM Paulin) / S.5456 (Sen. Savino) - regarding the notice of indicated reports of child maltreatment and changes of placement in child protective and voluntary foster care.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Council on Children, June 2011.

Children

Letter regarding the provisions in the 2010 Executive Budget Article 7 which would impact children and families, April 2010.

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Transition letter to Governor Cuomo highlighting important issues affecting children to be considered during his term, January 2011.

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Meeting the Permanancy Needs of Children


Dignity for All Students Act

A.3661-C (AM O’Donnell) / S.1987-B (Sen. Duane) – enacts the “Dignity for All Students Act” to prevent harassment and discrimination. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in support of legislation by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Committee, Council on Children and Sex & Law Committee, Reissued May 2010.
  • Letter to Governor Paterson urging him to sign legislation into law, June 29, 2010.
  • Signed by Governor, Chp. 482, Approval Memo No. 22 - September 8, 2010
  • Legislative Affairs Blog: "Dignity for All Students Act Signed Into Law" - September 8, 2010


Family Court Judges

Click here for all related reports and advocacy.


Kinship Guardianship

Report by the Council on Children requesting that a Kinship Guardianship Assistance Law be passed in New York, March 2009.

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Letter to Governor Cuomo from Council on Children concerning NYS budget provisions related to the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program, March 2011.


Law Guardians

A.7805-B (AM Weinstein) / S.58461-B (Sen. Schneiderman) – Relates to the representation of children; replaces the term “law guardian” with the term “attorney for the child” to more accurately reflect the attorney’s role. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in support of legislation by the Council on Children, Reissued March 2010.
  • Signed by Governor, Chp. 41 - April 14, 2010

NYC Policy Recommendations

Letter to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services outlining key recommendations supported by the City Bar that would protect the social welfare and equal participation of all New Yorkers, February 2014.


Parental Rights

A.8524 (AM Scarborough) / S.3868-A (Sen. Montgomery) - Would provide a process for a petition to restore previously terminated parental rights under certain circumstances. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in support of legislation, with suggested modifications, by the Council on Children, May 2010.
  • Signed by Governor, Chp. 343 - August 13, 2010

 

For a full list of committee reports, click here.

 


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