Little Flower receives ray of hope as City rescinds contracts with other agencies

Little Flower Children and Family Services received a temporary reprieve last week when the City of New York rescinded foster care contracts awarded to other agencies instead of the 83-year-old child welfare provider.
City officials will instead reevaluate the proposals over the next couple of months and award new contracts, officials said.
“Everything is sort of business as usual,” Little Flower executive director Grace Lo Grande said Tuesday.
Little Flower, headquartered in Wading River, filed a lawsuit against the city and the city’s Administration of Children’s Services last month alleging the contract selection process by which Little Flower was dumped in April was unfair and denied the agency the opportunity to win contracts valued at about $200 million over the next 10 years.
That would have meant that about 1,400 foster children who receive services through Little Flower