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Gladys Carrion

Gladys Carrion

NYC Administration for Children’s Services
Commissioner
New York, NY, USA


Gladys Carrión has been recognized as a national leader in her efforts to reform the juvenile justice system in New York State and a fearless advocate for children and families involved in the child welfare system. She has received numerous awards and has served on several national advisory committees focused on reforming the juvenile justice system and promoting the well-being of young adults. She was appointed Commissioner of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in January 2014, where she is charged with providing child welfare, early childhood care and juvenile justice services to the City’s most vulnerable children and families. She is now responsible for implementing Close to Home, the City’s juvenile justice program.

Prior to her appointment to ACS, Gladys Carrión was Commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), overseeing New York State’s child welfare, early childhood care and juvenile justice systems.   As OCFS Commissioner, Carrión is credited with implementing a differential response model- FAR-the Family Assessment Response in New York State and overhauling the juvenile justice system.  Under her leadership, Carrión shut down 21 juvenile centers, diverting juvenile justice involved youth to less costly and more effective therapeutic programs located closer to home.
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