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Family and Community

Young people excel with strong families and communities behind them
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Children’s Aid is in the opportunity business. Not only do we offer kids the chance to shine, but we provide parents and guardians, with the tools that they need to strengthen the family and advocate for themselves and their communities.

It’s a universal truth that parenting is a tremendous challenge. One of the most important things we do is provide parents and guardians of every kind with the supports they need to lead their families. Strong communities can play a powerful role in supporting families, and we partner with governments and other nonprofits to establish and build on a community’s strengths. Effective advocacy can generate increased funding and drive public policy in a direction that supports our children, youth, and families. External investments of money and time into our mission–at individual and corporate levels—have a dramatic impact on our outcomes.

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CHILDREN

found permanent adoptive families through our foster care services

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CHILDREN

are in a one of our safe, stable foster homes as their family gets help and strengthens

Family Supports

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    Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention

    Children’s Aid supports families affected by domestic violence and the common effects of trauma to help rebuild strong and healthy families and establish long-term safety for each family member. 

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    Family Stabilization

    Children’s Aid offers comprehensive, home-based services to keep families together after destabilizing events or ongoing crisis, ensuring that children are safe and thriving.
     

  • Foster parenting

    Foster Care

    Children’s Aid’s foster care program places children with supportive families in their own neighborhoods when their parents cannot offer them the stability, safety, and support they need to thrive.  
     

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    Foster Parenting

    When families fall into crisis, Children’s Aid is trusted to find kids safe, stable, and loving homes with people who care deeply and who can be an anchor for children in times of uncertainty. 
     

  • Parent Engagement at School

    Parent and Caregiver Engagement

    The parent and caregiver engagement program creates a partnership between families and educators to ensure children’s success by better addressing their academic and social-emotional learning. 

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    Parent and Caregiver Sex Education

    Children’s Aid believes parents and caregivers should be the first and primary source of information about sexuality and healthy relationships for their kids.

Community Building

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    Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative

    The Bronx Borough President asked Children’s Aid to lead an initiative to generate new ideas and innovative programs to combat the deep-rooted poverty that has long been part of the Bronx community.

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    National Center for Community Schools

    Our National Center for Community Schools is a technical assistance organization that builds the capacity of schools, school districts, and community partners to organize around student success.

  • South Bronx Rising Together

    South Bronx Rising Together

    Children’s Aid leverages our resources and expertise with that of families, educators, business leaders, advocates, and service providers to transform the South Bronx into a college- and career-ready community. 

Advocacy and Public Policy

  • Know Your Rights

    Coalition Building

    There is strength in numbers when it comes to battling for funding and influencing legislation. Collaborating with organizations of similar missions amplifies our collective voice.

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    Fostering Youth Success Alliance

    New York State has a parental responsibility to the kids in its child welfare systems, and the alliance works to make sure our leaders are helping these young people realize their full potential.
     

  • Community Schools Network Advocacy Day

    Legislative and Budget Advocacy

    By educating city, state, and federal leaders about the struggles our families face—and how Children’s Aid succeeds in helping them—we can influence important decisions and create impact.

Volunteerism and Giving

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    Associates Council

    The Children’s Aid Associates Council is an organized group of professionals who lend their time, expertise, and passion to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn, grow, and lead.

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    Corporate Engagement

    The New York City business community has a long history of partnering with Children’s Aid. By supporting New York City’s neighborhoods—where we live, work, and raise our families—we help kids thrive.

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    Volunteering

    We rely on local volunteers who feel strongly about the well-being of fellow New Yorkers and want to help us provide children and families with the tools and support they need to fulfill their promise. 

Every Step of the Way

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

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