Public Statements

Catholic Charities Statement on Child Welfare

Recently, the media has given attention to the care being provided to children in the New York foster care system. The important issues raised will be dealt with over the next months. Hopefully, these will be handled appropriately for the sake of the vulnerable children being cared for.

For well over a century, Catholic agencies have been meeting the needs of neglected, abandoned and orphaned children in New York. Currently, affiliates of the Catholic Charities Federation of agencies provide foster care services to thousands of children each night. I have often visited these programs, met with their Executive and Board leadership and witnessed the work of their talented staff. .. I wish to note and support their dedicated work.

Our agencies remain committed to providing quality care to these kids and their families. This includes promptly developing plans that move children from temporary care  to permanent homes as quickly and as safely as possible. Our agencies support parents and other caregivers to address and overcome the challenges that caused their children to be placed in foster care.   Our agencies work   with government partners and other groups to advocate for appropriate resources and support so these vulnerable New Yorkers can be effectively served.

As high quality as these services are, our agencies are committed to strong quality improvement programs to further enhance these services. The welfare of those entrusted to their care necessitates nothing less.

It would be my hope, and prayer, that fewer and fewer children experience the pain and hurt that requires their placement in foster care. While we strive toward that end, I am very grateful for the dedicated work of our Catholic Charities agencies that provide such quality compassionate care to thousands of vulnerable children.

- Monsignor Kevin Sullivan