You might be eligible!


Eager to add your voice for positive change? Read below to see how to determine if you're eligible! 


Starting October 1, 2021 we will be surveying youth who are 18 or 19 years old who took this survey at age 17, when they were in an out-of-home placement. These youth have birthdays between October 1, 2002 and September 30, 2003.


We know it's hard to remember if you took a survey that many years ago, so if you aren't sure if you're eligible to take the survey or not, just email us and ask! We are always ecstatic to hear from youth. And if you accidentally take the survey and aren't in the eligible group, that's okay! We can't give you a gift card, unfortunately, but you're still a voice for change.


Taking the survey is really easy. Just look to the right to find your options. You can either take the survey online, print a copy to mail or fax back to us, or you can call us to do the survey over the phone. There isn't always an interviewer working at all hours of the day, so if no one picks up, leave us a message and we'll get back to you ASAP!


The survey only takes five minutes. How else can you spend just five minutes to make a positive impact on the whole foster care system? 


Have I mentioned how much we love hearing from youths? Because you have so much going on in your lives at this age, we need your help staying in touch! Reach out to us to make sure we know how to contact you.


If your contact information changes, give us a call or send an email to let us know. New phone number, email address, Facebook page, LinkedIn profile, or mailing address, etc. If there's a good way to get in touch with you, we would love to know about it. We've even gotten an Xbox Gamertag or two!


So if you want to give us an update, or just say hi, go ahead and contact us!


 If you filled out a paper survey, you have a few options for returning it. 


  • Scan or take photos of it and email it to mandi.breen@ocfs.ny.gov

  • Fax it to (518) 442-5732

  • Contact us and request a prepaid envelope be sent to you

  • Mail it to:

         The Center for Human Services Research

         Attention: Mandi Breen

         135 Western Avenue

         Albany, NY 12222