City probe finds St. Christopher's foster care program forging documents
A yearlong probe by the New York City Department of Investigation found that St. Christopher's foster care program was forging documents.
As a result of the investigation, the Administration for Children's Services has canceled a three-year, nearly $90 million contract with the program. According to city investigators, more than 400 documents were falsified in what the commissioner of the ACS believes was an effort to hide poor performance in previous years. Investigators found signatures forged on documents that claimed case workers had been to foster homes when they had not. In one case, investigators say six months of notes were found written in fresh ink while the signatures were photocopied.
St. Christopher's released a statement saying it disagrees with the ACS's decision. The statement went on to say that since learning of the ACS's findings it, has taken action to remove those individuals involved in any wrongdoing. The executive director of the foster program has since resigned.
Meantime, children placed by St. Christopher's, which has four locations in the Bronx, may be relocated and families will be referred to other foster care programs in the area.
Findings from the probe have been turned over to the district attorney's office.