Services to help children live safely at home

ACS Prevention Services | NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)

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Prevention services help you keep your children safely at home. They help to promote safety, permanency, and well-being for your children and family in your own home and community.

  • Prevention services help:
    • lower the chance of your children being placed into foster care;
    • reduce the likelihood that your children will be the subject of subsequent abuse and neglect reports;
    • promote permanency for children in foster care, and reduce their risk of re-entry into foster care after they return home.
  • Services include help with:
    • Mental health
    • Special medical needs
    • Substance abuse, domestic violence, or exploited youth
    • Aftercare programs
    • Home care services
  • Services are free, voluntary, and available regardless of your immigration status.
  • Available to you whether you have an open ACS investigation or not.
  • Available through community-based agencies that serve your community.

Who is eligible

These groups can get prevention services:

  • families with infants, school-aged children, youth and young adults.
  • pregnant and parenting youth and adults.
  • families with medical and special needs requiring home care.
  • parents and youth who want to stop using drugs or alcohol.
  • children and youth who have been sexually exploited.
  • families with mental health and/or domestic violence concerns.

How to apply

Find a provider near you.

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Updated July 2, 2024