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We are committed to ensuring that there are no boundaries to young people’s aspirations, no limits to their potential.
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Our Mission

We help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children, youth, and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods.

We believe all kids have limitless potential. But for those growing up surrounded by poverty, family instability, and physical or emotional stress, life is too often about survival, not possibility. It’s unacceptable that in New York, a city of historic opportunity, so many of our children face serious barriers to realizing their own promise.

Children’s Aid is a professional powerhouse of solutions for young people. We are teachers and social workers, coaches and health care providers. We know what it takes to ensure children grow up strong and healthy, and ready to thrive in school and life: excellent education and health care, social-emotional support, and strong, stable families.

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83%

of your support

goes directly to our programs and services to help children, youth, and families

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1,192

FOOD BOXES

purchased by our families at three Children's Aid locations

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711

JUNIORS AND SENIORS

participated in our College Access and Success programs

A Powerhouse of Solutions

Poverty cannot be overcome with one service or program at a single point in time. That’s why we commit to supporting children, youth, and families every step of the way. For more than 160 years, with your support, Children’s Aid has been able to help families change their lives by adapting to the ever evolving nature of poverty and constantly seeking improvement. We are on a mission to connect young people and their families with the tools they need to learn, grow, and become leaders of their own lives.

  • a smiling babyOur home visits prepare expectant parents to welcome their newborn.
  • young child smilingWe provide high-quality preschool to ensure children start kindergarten ready to learn.
  • two students sitting at a desk and readingOur community schools focus on the whole child, while also engaging family members, to ensure that students succeed in the classroom.
  • Kids at a swimming pool being silly.Thousands of kids join us after school and at camp for activities that keep the mind and body strong.
  • Kids sitting with a woman smiling.If a family is struggling, our expert social workers staff react quickly to bring stability.
  • Teen sitting at a desk in front of a microscope smilingWe are there at every twist and turn to help teenagers navigate the transition to college or a career and, ultimately, an independent adulthood.

Every Step of the Way

How we connect children and youth with the tools to learn, grow, and lead.

A Rich History

Children's Aid was founded in 1853 by Charles Loring Brace and a group of social reformers at a time when orphan asylums and almshouses were the only social services available for poor and homeless children in New York City. Children’s Aid operated lodging houses, fresh air programs, and industrial schools to support an estimated 30,000 poor and orphaned children living in the city’s streets.

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Our Leadership

Phoebe Boyer

Phoebe Boyer

President and CEO

Phoebe Boyer

President and CEO

In July 2014, the Children’s Aid Board of Trustees selected Phoebe Boyer to be the organization’s 11th president and chief executive officer. Phoebe came to Children’s Aid from the Robertson Foundation, a $1 billion foundation created by Julian Robertson and his family that takes a targeted approach to supporting critical national issues, including education reform. She spent more than a decade at the foundation, most recently as its executive director, where she oversaw operations and grant-making of more than $100 million annually. During her tenure there, she developed and executed the foundation’s national K-12 education reform strategy.

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Georgia Boothe

Georgia Boothe

Vice President of Child Welfare and Family Services

Georgia Boothe

Vice President of Child Welfare and Family Services

Georgia Boothe joined Children’s Aid in 2015 as the vice president of the Child Welfare and Family Services Division. She oversees the organization’s work with young people who have become involved in the juvenile justice system as well as the preventive services program, which works to strengthen families that are involved in the child welfare system. She also leads a deeply experienced team of social workers and other front line staff in serving children and families with special needs. Georgia comes to Children’s Aid after spending more than five years at Pathways to Housing NY, as the executive director. She holds an M.S.W. from Columbia University and earned her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College, where she studied social work and American studies.

Drema Brown

Drema Brown

Vice President of School Age Programs

Drema Brown

Vice President of School Age Programs

Drema Brown ensures the success of Children’s Aid efforts to provide high-quality educational services to children, ages of 5-13, living in under-resourced neighborhoods. Drema oversees after-school, summer, and parent education programs in Children’s Aid community schools and community centers. Since she joined Children's Aid in 2011, Drema has headed the successful launch of the Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School in the South Bronx, and she will continue to support its full development as a K-5 community school. Before joining Children’s Aid, Drema worked at New Leaders, where she led the design, development, and delivery of a leadership curriculum for its New York City and national principal training programs. Drema holds an Ed.M. from Harvard, a B.A. from Yale, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Moria Cappio

Moria Cappio

Vice President of Early Childhood Programs

Moria Cappio

Vice President of Early Childhood Programs

Moria Cappio leads a dedicated group of teachers, family workers, and support staff to guarantee that children (ages 0-5) in Children’s Aid Early Childhood programs will be ready for kindergarten and every year of school thereafter. At a time when early childhood education has received a growing attention, Moria is committed to improving the quality of Children’s Aid’s programming. Moria first joined the organization in 2006 as the director of early childhood programs at the East Harlem Center, later overseeing a significant expansion across Washington Heights and more of East Harlem. In 2012, Moria oversaw historic growth when Children’s Aid doubled the number of children in our early childhood classes to 1,000. Prior to joining Children’s Aid, Moria was a New York City public elementary school teacher in East Harlem. She holds both elementary and special education teaching certifications, and is a graduate of Boston College and Harvard University.

Katherine Eckstein

Katherine Eckstein

Chief of Staff

Katherine Eckstein

Chief of Staff

Katherine Eckstein serves as a key advisor to the president and CEO, and is charged with driving Children’s Aid’s cradle-through-college agenda and improving overall organizational effectiveness and accountability. She also oversees the organization’s policy and advocacy work at the local, state, and national levels. Her key areas of focus include education, health, child welfare, youth development, early learning, adolescent pregnancy prevention, and juvenile justice. Katherine began her work at the Children’s Aid National Center for Community Schools and served most recently as the director of Public Policy. Before joining the organization, she served as special assistant to a regional superintendent in the New York City Department of Education, and director of adult and family programs and interim executive director at Playing2Win, the nation’s first community technology center. She earned a B.A. in public policy from Brown University and an M.A. in elementary education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Sandra Escamilla-Davies

Sandra Escamilla-Davies

Vice President of Adolescence Programs

Sandra Escamilla-Davies

Vice President of Adolescence Programs

Sandra Escamilla-Davies joined Children’s Aid in 2016. She leads a team skilled at helping youth navigate the transition to adulthood through our diverse set of programs designed to find the best path to college or a career and, ultimately, adult independence. Sandra spent the year prior to coming to Children’s Aid advising nonprofits about leadership and staff development. That followed nearly 15 years with the Fund of the City of New York's Youth Development Institute, the last five of which she spent as the executive director, where she led a host of initiatives designed to help youth-serving organizations maximize their impact, both here in New York City and across the nation. Sandra earned an M.S.W. from Columbia University and received a B.A. in sociology from Hunter College, where she also was an instructor in a course on mentorship.

Abe Fernández

Abe Fernández

Director of Collective Impact and Co-Director of South Bronx Rising Together

Abe Fernández

Director of Collective Impact and Co-Director of South Bronx Rising Together

Abe Fernández works with a cross-section of stakeholders in the South Bronx to improve outcomes for children and youth along a cradle-to-career pathway, leveraging more than 15 years of experience in education, community development, and nonprofit management. He joined Children’s Aid in 2003 as an assistant director of community schools and went on to become the deputy director of Children’s Aid’s National Center for Community Schools, providing on- and off-site coaching, training, and consultation to many community school initiatives across the country. Prior to joining Children’s Aid, Abe was the director of youth services and ran the multiservice Washington Houses Community Center at Union Settlement Association in East Harlem. He started his career as a middle school mathematics teacher and director of the Summerbridge/Breakthrough program in the Bronx. Abe is a graduate of Brown University and the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management at Columbia Business School.

Caroline Gallagher

Caroline Gallagher

Chief Development Officer

Caroline Gallagher

Chief Development Officer

Caroline Gallagher leads the fundraising team in growing private and public revenues. She comes to Children’s Aid from Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children, where she drove fundraising strategy and scaled major gift cultivation, support, and stewardship. Prior to her role at Spence-Chapin, Caroline provided strategic development consultation to a variety of nonprofit organizations as head of her own independent consulting firm and as senior managing director of Changing Our World, Inc. Caroline earned an M.A. in education at Fordham University and a B.A. from Providence College.

Sarah Gillman

Sarah Gillman

Chief Financial Officer

Sarah Gillman

Chief Financial Officer

Sarah Gillman joined Children’s Aid in 2016. She oversees all of the agency's financial matters, including the annual operating budget, payroll, purchasing, and the endowment. Prior to joining Children's Aid, Sarah was chief operating and financial officer for the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, an independent k-12 school that serves 1,700 students, where she prepared a five-year cash flow analysis that aligned capital construction plans to fundraising and financing. Sarah has also held executive financial positions at the National Resources Defense Council, Save the Children U.S., the Wildlife Conservation Society in the Bronx, and MBIA & Associates Consulting Services, and she served as a management consultant at KPMG Peat Marwick LLP. Sarah has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where she earned her M.B.A. and an M.A. from Teachers College. She received her B.A. from Yale University.

Courtenaye Jackson-Chase

Courtenaye Jackson-Chase

General Counsel

Courtenaye Jackson-Chase

General Counsel

Courtenaye Jackson-Chase serves as a chief legal advisor to ensure that Children’s Aid can best support the children and families it serves across New York City. She joined Children’s Aid in 2016, coming from the New York City Department of Education, where she served as general counsel. Working as a chief legal advisor and strategist to the chancellor and senior leadership team, she focused on legal and compliance matters, employment law, special education, and equal opportunity programming and policy. Courtenaye has also served as a senior advisor to the chancellor and chief deputy to the general counsel for the Department of Education. Courtenaye received her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, and received her B.S. from Cornell University.

Dan Lehman

Dan Lehman

Chief Operating Officer

Dan Lehman

Chief Operating Officer

Dan Lehman joined Children’s Aid in 2011, initially serving as vice president and chief financial officer, and drawing on a wealth of financial experience in city government and in the nonprofit sector. In his current role as chief operating officer, Dan is responsible for all aspects of information technology, facilities, and real estate, with a particular focus on the infrastructure needed to meet organizational goals and program objectives. He also plays a significant role in agency policy and new business development. Before joining Children’s Aid, Dan served as deputy commissioner of finance and planning at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dan is a graduate of Harvard University and earned an M.B.A. in finance and operations management from New York University.

Miriam Martinez

Miriam Martinez

Chief Program Officer

Miriam Martinez

Chief Program Officer

Miriam Martinez, Ph.D., joined Children’s Aid in 2016 as chief program officer and leads all five of the agency’s program divisions as they integrate, align, and refine current programs. She has held an array of senior leadership positions at Mount Sinai/St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and a wide range of clinical psychiatric program positions at the University of San Francisco, School of Medicine. Miriam has also held positions in academia at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York University, Langone Medical Center, and the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. She earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and received her B.A. from Hunter College, CUNY.
Jane Quinn

Jane Quinn

Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools

Jane Quinn

Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools

On the national level, Jane focuses on advancing the community schools strategy as a preferred education reform approach. She also provides strategic planning and fundraising expertise to Children’s Aid community schools, which are long-term partnerships with the New York City Department of Education. Jane came to Children’s Aid in 2000 from the DeWitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, where she served as program director. She received a master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of New Rochelle. She also did post-graduate work in non-profit management at the Columbia School of Business (Institute for Not-for-Profit Management).

Anthony Ramos

Anthony Ramos

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Anthony Ramos

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Anthony Ramos manages the public profile of Children's Aid across all media and led the organization’s efforts in its first rebranding process in more than four decades. Since joining Children’s Aid in 2011, Ramos has helped to communicate Children's Aid’s strategic objectives to key stakeholders and enhance its web presence through multimedia. Ramos came to Children’s Aid from the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), where he served as director of communications. Prior to his work with GLSEN, Ramos managed communications for the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center and the National Hemophilia Foundation.

Daniel H. Stephens

Daniel H. Stephens

Vice President of Health and Wellness

Daniel H. Stephens

Vice President of Health and Wellness

Daniel H. Stephens, MD., joined Children’s Aid in 2017 and oversees all clinical services and health programming. Danny comes to the organization after serving as the director of Adolescent Medicine at Union Community Health Center (UCHC) in the Bronx and as the clinical director of the Teen Health Center, where he was responsible for community outreach and program support. He also partnered with the New York City Department of Health on its Teens Connection program to provide evidence-based sexual health education and clinic linkage between UCHC, local schools, and foster care agencies. Previously, Danny was on the faculty at Columbia University, while working at Harlem Hospital in the pediatric emergency room. He earned a B.A. from Harvard University and his M.D. from Columbia University.

  • Iris Abrons

    Iris Abrons

    Iris Abrons

    Board Chair
    After graduating from New York University, Iris joined the executive training program at Bonwit Teller, a leading department store in the city. She spent 20 years working in the fashion industry, running midsize apparel companies with responsibility for merchandising, publicity, and the bottom line. Iris retired in 1987 and soon got involved with several nonprofits. Iris has served as board chair since 2014.

Vice Chair

  • Richard
    Edelman

Treasurer

  • Russell
    Diamond

Secretary

  • Amy Engel
    Scharf

Assistant Treasurer

  • Sheila
    Baird

Trustees

  • Iris
    Abrons
  • Michael
    Alvarado
  • Sheila
    Baird
  • Susan S.
    Brown
  • Elly
    Christophersen
  • Jan S.
    Correa
  • Russell
    Diamond
  • Richard
    Edelman
  • Debra
    Friedman
  • Russell
    Horwitz
  • Linda
    Kao
  • Alan E.
    Katz
  • Lane H.
    Katz
  • Gregory E.
    Kerr, MD
  • Christopher R.
    Lawrence
  • Beth
    Leventhal
  • Ari
    Libarikian
  • Janine E.
    Luke
  • Rick
    McNabb
  • Vanessa
    Melendez
  • Jill
    Olson
  • Pennylane
    Ortiz
  • Charles
    Penner
  • Tom
    Reynolds
  • Eren
    Rosenfeld
  • Lauren Razook
    Roth
  • Timothy F.
    Ryan
  • Amy Engel
    Scharf
  • Andrea
    Wahlquist
  • Peter
    Wallace

Trustees Emeriti

  • Susan M.
    Coupey, M.D.
  • Bart J.
    Eagle
  • Mark M.
    Edmiston
  • Desmond G.
    Fitzgerald
  • Marshall M.
    Green
  • Lolita K.
    Jackson
  • Ronald H.
    Kaufmann
  • Martha Bicknell
    Kellner
  • Edgar R.
    Koerner
  • Felix
    Orbe
  • Charlton Y.
    Phelps
  • Rosalie K.
    Stahl
  • Mrs. Milton
    Stern
  • Kevin J.
    Watson

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