Awards & Distinctions

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Key Accomplishments Over The Last Three Years

We helped 772 children return to their parents, after helping their parents address the issues that led to foster care.

We helped 200 children become part of new families through adoption.

142 youth in The Graham School, foster care program, and SLAM Justice Scholars program received their high school degree or GED. 371 youth in The Graham School and community programs were inducted into our Bengals positive peer group.

We prevented over 97% of children in our foster care prevention programs from entering foster care.

Recent Awards and Distinctions

  • The New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards selected Graham Windham as one of six finalists out of 77 nonprofit organizations in recognition of our outstanding management practices among the City’s nonprofit organizations (Oct 2014. Final awards to be announced in Nov 2014)
  • The Council on Accreditation renewed Graham Windham’s accreditation (Feb 2014) and recognized our quality improvement practices as being in the top quarter of nonprofits evaluated (Sep 2013)
  • Featured on National Child Welfare Workforce Institute Learning Lab webinar as agency model for implementing Solution-Based Casework (Oct 2012)
  • Featured in Child Welfare Information Gateway (a federal Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau publication) for use of Solution-Based Casework to engage families in case planning (Sep 2012)
  • Graham Windham’s self-evaluation practices highlighted as leading example of excellent performance measurement and accountability practices by nonprofit consultants, the Bridgespan Group (Apr 2012
  • President & CEO Jess Dannhauser appointed to the Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner’s Advisory Board and Child Welfare Workforce Committee (Jan 2012)
  • Graham Windham’s Youth Financial Empowerment program highlighted in NYC Administration for Children’s Services’ What’s Working Bulletin, Summer 2010
  • Graham Windham awarded the Year Up 2009 Community Ambassador Award to Graham Windham
  • Graham Windham awarded NYNP Jan 2008 Agency Of The Month by New York Nonprofit Press
  • Poul Jensen, President & CEO awarded 2007 Child Advocate of the Year 
  • Outstanding Awards in 2007, 2006 and 2005 from the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)
  • Graham Windham is accredited by The Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association (CSS-MSA), The Council on Accreditation (COA), and The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Helping Our Families to Be the Solution

In February 2011, we began the implementation of Solution-Based Casework, an evidence-based model for working with children and families that has proven effective in other states.  In training, coaching and supporting our staff to use Solution-Based Casework with all of the families we work with, Graham Windham became the first agency in New York City to implement a proven practice model across all of its child welfare programs.



Supporting Our Foster Parents

We improved our support to foster parents through the development and implementation of a new foster parent training curriculum and a new normative culture around training and learning for our foster parents.  We also started a Foster Parent Council Workgroup.

Building Youth Leaders

We started a youth leadership group for youth in foster care called The Bengals in NYC, which provides leadership training and encourages youth to serve as positive role models for other youth in foster care.  The program is modeled off of our existing Bengals program at The Graham School, which has helped to create a positive culture on the campus for years.

In 2012, we launched a new program called SLAM (Support, Lead, Achieve, and Model) Justice Scholars, funded by a contract from the New York City Department of Probation that will promote educational gains for youth in the child welfare system who have been court-involved. SLAM Justice Scholars will provide educational services, positive peer support, life skills workshops and case management to 40 Brooklyn youth. The contract award is part of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s new Young Men’s Initiative (YMI), a $127 million investment that was announced in August to tackle the broad disparities slowing the advancement of black and Latino young men.


At the Campus

At The Graham School:

  • 5 students in our culinary training program passed their final exam and received ServSafe Certifications issued by the National Restaurant Association
  • 3 service dogs that were trained by our students in the ECAD (Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities) program graduated from their training, and are now assisting people with disabilities
  • 90 students were inducted into the Bengals, a group of student leaders who work to create a positive culture on campus and encourage their peers to be leaders.  Through their community service activities, the Bengals have raised almost $1500 this year for ECAD, the American Heart Association, Glaucoma Research and the New York AIDS Walk.

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