Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio on Sunday appointed Gladys Carrion as his commissioner for the Administration for Children’s Services.
Carrion, a former commissioner of the city’s Community Development Agency, presently serves as commissioner for the state’s Office of Children and Family Services.
“There is no responsibility more sacred than protecting the lives of children,” de Blasio said in a statement released by his transition team. “Gladys Carrion knows just how high the stakes are in this work. She has been a conscience both inside and outside of government, one who stands up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.”
“We are going to approach this mission with compassion, purpose and an unwavering commitment to protect the most vulnerable among us,” Carrion said.
At the state, Carrion’s department oversees foster care, adoption and juvenile delinquency matters. Under her, the state has shut down more than a dozen juvenile centers, and has sought alternatives to law enforcement intervention.