Cayuga Centers was paid $28 million for unaccompanied immigrant children program last year

Cayuga Centers has been receiving millions of dollars from the federal government since 2014 to run a program for unaccompanied immigrant children that has been thrust into the national spotlight this week.

According to the Auburn-based nonprofit’s financial records filed with the state attorney general’s office, Cayuga Centers received nearly $28.3 million from the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017, to run its unaccompanied children program. That represented more than half of the organization’s $48.7 million in total revenue that fiscal year.

The unaccompanied children program administers hundreds of transitional and 12 long-term foster care beds in New York City for immigrant children who are in federal custody. Cayuga Centers is the largest provider of transitional foster homes for Central American children taken into custody while crossing the U.S. southern border.

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