The Chronicle of Social Change: Parents’ Foster Care Placement Challenges Need Quick Resolutions, New York Appeals Court Rules

“During testimony in Albany in November, Emma Ketteringham, managing attorney of Bronx Defenders’ Family Defense Practice said the problems include too few judges and a lack of evening and weekend courtroom hours. “As a result, families are separated needlessly and kept separated for longer than necessary,” she told lawmakers.

Pandemic-related court closures have exacerbated those delays for the foreseeable future. The city’s family courts are operating five virtual courtrooms, hearing only “essential applications” related to family matters, including placement of children in foster care and juvenile detention.”

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