Where We Stand

The Value of Being a Social Worker as the CEO of City’s Oldest Child Welfare Agency, Graham Windham

March 7th, 2017 by

On my very first day at the University of California Berkeley, School of Social Welfare, we gathered in a beautiful auditorium for an orientation session.  I was eager to get going and enthusiastic about learning new skills to make a contribution to the world.  It got real pretty quick when a dynamic speaker — whose […]

Testimony to General Welfare Committee of New York City Council Hearing on Preventive Services

December 14th, 2016 by

Jess Dannhauser, President and CEO, Graham Windham Chair Levin, Members of the General Welfare Committee, thank you for convening this important hearing regarding our City’s Preventive Services system. I am Jess Dannhauser, President and CEO of Graham Windham. We partner with the Administration of Children’s Services to serve 300 families in Preventive Services each year. As you know […]

Hold ACS Accountable, but Recognize it Saves Lives

November 4th, 2016 by

Written by Jeremy Kohomban, President and CEO of The Children’s Village , Bill Baccaglini, President and CEO of The New York Foundling and myself.  All New Yorkers mourn for Zymere Perkins. The loss of any child is painful; a loss that could have been prevented is almost too much to bear. As child welfare professionals responsible for the lives of many precious […]

Relationships That Last Beyond the System the Key for Kids, Families

September 19th, 2016 by

Written by Kimberly Watson, Graham’s Chief Operating Officer and me for Youth Today . The kids and parents we work with too often feel fear, anger and a diminished sense of self in their relationships with those close to them, in the systems set up to help and protect, and with society more generally. Whatever external pretense […]

Testimony before The New York City Council’s General Welfare Committee

June 16th, 2016 by

Good morning, my name is Jess Dannhauser.  I am the President and CEO of Graham Windham, a family support and youth development organization serving children and their families in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Westchester.  Thank you, Chair Levin and Members of the General Welfare Committee, for the opportunity to testify regarding NYC’s foster care […]