City officials announce plan to prevent child abuse at homeless shelters
(07/31/04) HUNTS POINT - Preventing child abuse in New York City homeless shelters is the focus of a new city program.
Officials will now require shelters to perform background checks on new families. Staff will also be trained to identify child abuse and will show multi-lingual child safety videos at all shelters.
The death of a five-week-old baby boy at a Hunts Point shelter last December was one of several cases that prompted the city to announce the new plan.
According to the partnership for the homeless, there are more than 17,000 children living in city shelters.