P-Q

Quick Reference Guide


P-Q

“P” PETITION OR PATERNITY PETITION
P is the letter designation for a petition filed in New York City Family Court to determine the legal father of a child.

PA OR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE
The cash assistance grant to low-income individuals or families that may include Food Stamps and other benefits. PA is often referred to as welfare.

PATH OR PREVENTION ASSISTANCE AND TEMPORARY HOUSING OFFICE
The New York City Department of Homeless Services office that provides first-time homeless families and pregnant women with emergency housing assistance. The Path Office is located at 346 Powers Avenue (between 141st and 142nd streets), in the Bronx.

PPG, PERMANENCY PLAN GOAL, OR PERMANENCY PLAN
The plan set by a foster care agency to achieve the best permanent living arrangement for a young person in foster care. The list of possible permanency plan goals includes: return to parent, adoption, custody or guardianship, placement with a relative, or Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (independent living/adult residential care see APPLA above).

PERMANENCY PLAN REVIEW OR HEARING (REFERRED TO AS A “PPR,”“PPH” OR “PH”)
The Family Court review of a foster care agency s progress in reaching the permanency goal for a young person in foster care. A permanency hearing is held every six months and young people in foster care should be able to attend their own permanency hearings.

PINS PETITION OR PERSON IN NEED OF SUPERVISION
A New York State Family Court case brought by a parent or guardian who asks for the court s help to supervise a young person under the age of 18 who has not committed a crime but whose behavior is beyond the lawful control of his or her parent, guardian or other lawful authority.

PREVENTIVE SERVICES
The community based services (such as family therapy, after school programs, parenting programs, day treatment programs) that are provided in order to keep a child or young person safely at home or to prevent a child or young person from entering foster care.

PROVIDER AGENCY
Any agency that has a contract with ACS (the Administration for Children s Services) to provide foster care services to children and young adults in New York City. The term provider agency is used interchangeably with foster care agency, contract agency, or sometimes simply the agency.

PYA OR PREPARING YOUTH FOR ADULTHOOD
The ACS—(the Administration for Children s Services) written plan to provide improved preparation and services for young people aging out of foster care.