The Council on Children and Families (Council) was established in 1977 to serve as a convener, innovator and change agent among the state's health, education, and human services agencies. In 2003, the Council was administratively merged with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, with the independence of the agency being maintained. The Council continues to work with state and local organizations in both the public and private sectors to address cross-systems issues and provide recommendations to the Executive Chamber to improve outcomes for all of New York’s children and families.
The Mission of the Council is to strengthen New York State’s systems of care through cross-agency collaborations. The unique value of the Council is in its ability to provide a comprehensive, cross-systems perspective critical for the development and implementation of strategies impacting the availability, accessibility, and quality of services for children and families.
Positioned as a neutral body, the Council provides coordination between New York's health, education, and human services systems and facilitates the development of state and local service systems that are coordinated, strength-based, prevention-oriented, and responsive to the needs of children and families.
The Vision of the Council is that every child and young person in New York State realizes their optimal potential and is supported by families, caregivers, and other personal and professional support networks.
Social Services Law Article 10-C establishes the Council and its membership and sets forth the Council's powers and duties.
The members of the Council include the commissioners and directors of the following 12 agencies:
Working with Council member agencies and stakeholders, the Council supports and aligns services to build and strengthen a comprehensive system of supports and services for children and families in New York State.
Supporting the needs of young children prenatal to age 8
Helping children, youth and families navigate complex situations and access services.
Listening and working with youth and families.
Using data to build a more responsive and transparent service system for children and families in New York.
Advancing racial, ethnic, gender, ability and other forms of diversity, equality and inclusion,
Improving the lives of children and families with access to publications, reports and other resources.
Content that links past to present and includes Strategic Directions
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Serves as an advisory council to the Governor on building a comprehensive and sustainable early childhood system to ensure success for all young children.