CPC Advocates for Restoration of Child Welfare Funding
On February 22, 2018, CPC stood with the New York State Child Welfare Coalition and fellow supporters to urge the Governor and State Legislature to restore child welfare funding by removing the cap on child welfare financing. The Governor's Executive Budget is currently proposing a steep $129 million cut to New York City. Child welfare financing supports child protective services and child preventive programs -- two efforts that keep children safe, prevent child abuse and neglect, and keep families together.
During the rally, CPC President & CEO, Wayne Ho, highlighted the needs of immigrant families and the importance of preventive services. Mr. Ho said, "Immigrant parents might not understand appropriate child rearing practices. This can lead to parents being mistakenly reported to the child welfare system and resulting in families being torn apart. CPC's Asian Family Services program provides case management services, referrals, and parenting classes to make sure that families learn best practices and have access to resources to stay together and be healthy. I call upon the State Legislature and Governor to restore child welfare funding -- to remove the cap on child welfare financing. I would like to point out that it was actually during Governor Mario Cuomo's tenure that the child welfare financing system was put into place, so I ask the Governor to continue the tradition of your father and remove the cap for child welfare financing."
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