NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The city of New York has launched a partnership with NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital to improve the outcomes for children in the care of city protective services.

The city’s child welfare system is the front line safety net for abused and neglected children, according to Dr. Glenn Saxe, director of the Child Study Center at Langone.

“But if you stop and think about what an organization like ACS needs to do, it’s unbelievable,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Marla Diamond.

ACS is the city’s Administration for Children’s Services and Saxe said that, all too often, children fall through the cracks.

“So we’re creating a web-based screening and assessment tool,” he told Diamond.

He said it can help caseworkers better identify at-risk children.

“And what we’re bringing to them is a set of tools, a set of interventions, training programs that can really bring the expertise to help kids get what they need,” he said.

The stakes are high. Studies show children with a history of trauma are more prone to substance abuse, violent behavior, and suicide.


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