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NYC Council, advocates call for DOE to support students in foster care

04.20.2022 | New York Post | Erika Palmer, an attorney at Advocates for Children, said that after foster kid “Daniel,” a pseudonym to protect his privacy, was threatened by his mom with a knife, he got into trouble at school that resulted in his suspension. 

Daniel was eventually allowed back into the building, “but at that point, the damage had been done,” Palmer said — his attendance suffered, he started staying out late and was even hospitalized. 

“We must ensure that school is a place where students in care feel safe and supported, rather than a place where they feel unsafe, unwanted and let down,” she said.

Activists also said the DOE hasn’t been providing federally-mandated transportation to school for foster care students — a claim the city adamantly denied. Read article