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Youth residential facilities client summary cards

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series from the Division for Youth consists of summary data on former inmates of youth residential facilities. Information may include: name; date admitted or received; offense; date and/or county where committed; judge's name; birth date; birthplace; race/ethnicity; religion; court/trial dates; orphan or half-orphan status; information on parents/stepparents/foster parents; date and person to whom paroled; and final disposition or discharge date. Records are restricted.
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18 cu. ft.
Inclusive Dates:
1940-1978
Series Number:
21074

Arrangement

Arranged by manner of disposition or name of institution, and therein alphabetical by last name.

Administrative History

The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), created by Executive Order in 1998, merged the former Division of Youth with the family and children's programs administered by the former Department of Social Services. The agency was created to facilitate the integration of services for the state's children, youth, families, and vulnerable populations. OCFS has numerous responsibilities including: foster care, adoption and adoption assistance, child protective services, preventive services for children and families, services for pregnant adolescents, child care and referral programs, and protective programs for vulnerable adults. Additionally, the agency operates forty-two juvenile residential facilities for youth remanded to the agency's custody and care by the family and criminal courts.

Responsibility for the administration of youth residential facilities was transferred from the Department of Social Services to the Division for Youth in 1971. Upon its creation, OCFS received the records in this series and various other records from its predecessor agencies.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of 3" x 5" index cards containing summary data on approximately 50,000 former inmates of youth residential facilities. Most cards include the following data on former inmates: name; date admitted or received; offense; case number; district; date committed and judge's name; county where committed; date of birth; birthplace; race or ethnicity; religion; court/trial dates; orphan or half-orphan status if applicable; whether parents living or deceased; parents' religion; parents' and stepparents' birthplaces and addresses; information on foster parents; date and person to whom paroled; and final disposition or discharge date. Scattered cards contain handwritten notes highlighting certain activities or actions.

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Access Restrictions

Restricted in accordance with Executive Law, Section 501-c(1)(b), relating to confidentiality of individuals in custody of the Division for Youth (now Office of Children and Family Services).

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