Couple charged with adult sex trafficking Fost
In New York, child welfare authorities have broad discretion to disqualify a potential foster parent if an adult in the person’s household has ever been charged with a crime.
City foster parents are typically screened by non-profit foster care agencies contracted by the Administration for Children’s Services. An official at one such nonprofit, speaking anonymously to openly discuss how the system works, said it was entirely possible for a would-be parent to fool the agency.
Prospective parents must fill out a form and certify its truthfulness, he said. But, he added, it’s possible to lie on the forms, and although authorities conduct a “home study,” which includes a home visit before approving someone as a foster parent, caseworkers don’t screen families with random home checks.
The official said the state does not allow foster agencies to conduct criminal background checks on relatives of prospective foster parents whose legal residence is somewhere other than the prospective parent’s home. Caseworkers at the nonprofit will ask people living in the home for information about relatives they may be visiting, including their criminal records. But you can lie about that, too, he said.
A spokesman for the Administration for Children’s Services said state law prohibits the agency from releasing information about individual cases, but said, “We are promptly reviewing the allegations made by the Manhattan Attorney’s Office and are cooperating fully with the investigation.”
Mr and Mrs Mitchell were arrested separately on Wednesday. She was held in custody at her home in the Bronx while Mr Mitchell was arrested after he left an area known to be used for prostitution and returned to a hotel room where he was staying, prosecutors said . According to the prosecutor, a pistol was found in the hotel room.
Judge Felicia Mennin ordered Mr. Mitchell held without bail and Ms. Mitchell held on $500,000 cash bail, $1.5 million insurance company bail and $2 million partially secured bail .