OCFS Issues LCM for Kinship Foster Home Reporting
October 21, 2014
OCFS just issued a memorandum to local social services commissioners that mandates more accurate reporting on the number of children placed in kinship foster homes. Until now, most kinship foster homes were reported as "approved". Others were reported as "certified". Some counties had very low numbers of approved, but it was not possible to know how many kinship homes in those counties were certified. There was no reporting on "certified" kinship foster homes. They were just added to all "certified" homes, which included non-relative foster homes. This new reporting mandate will eventually provide an accurate number of all kinship foster placements for every county.