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2020 New Year, New Mission
The Redlich Horwitz Foundation works to accelerate transformation in New York’s child welfare system to keep children, youth and families supported and thriving.

Since 2013, RHF has focused its grant making, technical assistance and knowledge-building on improving the foster care system in NY. In a state with low permanency outcomes and a high reliance on congregate care, we have worked with our partners to develop practices so that children in foster care are placed with well-supported families, especially kin relatives, and quickly exit to reunification or permanency. 

While our partners have seen improvements in these areas, the work is far from complete. RHF will continue to focus on improving outcomes for families with an expanded mission that encompasses the full child welfare continuum and includes efforts to prevent unnecessary entries into foster care.
In 2020, we are looking forward to deepening existing work and launching new initiatives under our expanded mission, including:

1. RHF Parent & Youth Advisory Board: RHF is very excited to launch its inaugural advisory board to ensure our strategies and grant making are informed by people with lived experience within the foster care system. Members will also oversee a philanthropic investment as a group.

2. Family First Readiness: After a year of strategic-planning consulting provided to 21 counties, RHF is now offering a second phase of implementation technical-assistance as they work to reduce congregate care and increase certified kinship care. We will also expand the tools and resources offered through FamilyFirstNY.org.

3. Fair Futures: Spurred on by a fantastic advocacy campaign involving 100 organizations and strong youth leadership, New York City began city-wide implementation of this coaching and tutoring model for all youth in foster care ages 11-21. In 2020, Fair Futures will look to expand these services to meet the needs of young adults up to age 26 who have aged out of foster care.

4. Alternatives to Residential Models: RHF intends to expand our grant making and TA to provider agencies as they work to reduce their residential care and prioritize family preservation, engagement and community-based placements and services, and to meet the requirements of the Family First Act.

5. Prevention Services: RHF aims to assist counties in developing a continuum of services—provided in the community, through child welfare and other family-serving systems—by including families, schools, and community-based organizations in assessing their needs and planning together. We will release a toolkit and RFP to partner on a collective-impact initiative in one region of the state.

6. Court System: RHF is excited to partner with the Center for Court Innovation and OCA to bring new court models and judicial training to NY to reduce teen placements in congregate care. 

7. Child Welfare Advocacy: RHF will continue support of the policy reform efforts of CHAMPS-NY, the Fostering Youth Success Alliance, the Child Welfare Coalition, and Children’s Defense Fund in order to advance more family- and youth-centered policies.

Looking forward to continuing our partnerships with you to achieve further progress for New York’s families!
 
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