Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Person Centered Planning in the Foster Care System

Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at University of Rochester in collaboration with The Institute for Innovative Transition and Westchester Institute for Human Development are pleased to be working on a project proposed and funded by the New York Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.

Project Goal

The desired outcome of this project is to develop a long-term, sustainable plan for the use of person centered planning in the foster care system; increasing quality of life outcomes for youth with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) served in the foster care system.

Project Service Area

  • Westchester County
  • Orange County
  • Erie County
  • Cattaraugus County
  • Columbia County
  • New York City Administration for Children’s Services

Project Collaboration

Lending their expertise to the project are co-investigators, John Maltby, MSW and Danielle Weisberg, LCSW from the Westchester Institute for Human Development and Martha Mock, Ph.D. from the Institute for Innovative Transition at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education.  We are very excited to collaborate with many other partners around the state as we begin this important and much needed project to support youth with IDD in foster care! We will be reaching out soon to organizations to discuss participation on our advisory board and/or in focus group participation.

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Contact Us

Debbi Napolitano, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Principal Investigator
(585) 273-3315, Debbi Napolitano

Bonnie L. Smith, MA, Project Coordinator
(585) 276-6308