Weekly Round-up October 6th, 2014

New Reporting Requirements For the Administration For Children’s Services:

  • On September 30, 2014, Mayor De Blasio signed a bill into law changing the kind of information the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) must report about children who are aging out of foster care.
  • Under Local Law 46 of 2014 , ACS will be required to collect and report data in different areas, including but not limited to, housing, education, and immigration status.  The stated purpose of the law is to assist the Council with oversight of ACS’s work in this area.  It will also help to highlight the areas where there need to be policy changes.
  • When reporting on housing, the information ACS will have to report includes the number of individuals being discharged who have received housing assistance such as NYCHA or Section 8, or were reunited with a relative.
  • ACS will also be required to report on education, including the number of youth who: received a high school diploma or equivalent; are in college or trade school; or received a college diploma.
  • ACS will also be required to report on certain immigration outcomes. ACS will have to state the number of current foster youth who may be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), or other relief, or who have applications pending.  ACS will also have to report on the number of discharged youth who obtained SIJS or lawful permanent resident status.
  • To read the complete law, which details all of the reporting requirements, click here.

California’s “Yes Means Yes” Law:

  • On September 28, 2014, California became the first state to require colleges and universities receiving state aid to adopt an “affirmative consent” standard in their policies prohibiting sexual assault. Informally called the “Yes Means Yes” law, its purpose is to decrease sexual assaults, especially on college campuses. The law goes beyond the previous standard of “no means no” to require affirmative consent to any sexual activity by all parties involved.
  • The new standard requires “an affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.” In addition, the affirmative consent must remain throughout the duration of sexual activity. The bill applies to all post-secondary schools that receive state money for financial aid.