Administrative History

18571-99: The Commission for the Review of the Child Protective System in New York State was established by Governor Pataki via Executive Order #23 (January 10, 1996) to conduct a comprehensive examination and review of the state laws and regulations concerning child abuse, the child protective system and relevant confidentiality laws.

Specifically, the commission was to review and make recommendations regarding the release of child protection information and the public's right to know; the selection, training and retention of child protective services staff; the reporting and paperwork requirements to ensure that caseworkers are in the field as much as possible; the retention of unfounded child abuse allegations and information; and the statutory and policy criteria by which the child abuse hotline screens allegations of child abuse or neglect. Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco was designated chair of the commission.