Where We Stand

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 […]

Feds Finally Putting Families First

January 28th, 2016 by

Written by Jeremy Kohomban, President and CEO of The Children’s Village , and me for the HUFFPOST . Removing a child from his or her family is inherently traumatic and de-stabilizing to the child and the family. In some cases, this is the only way to ensure safety. However, early interventions that consistently include families are often more effective […]

The Value of Being a Social Worker

November 30th, 2015 by

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW-NYC) Currents invited me to share my thoughts about how being a social worker as the head of a child welfare agency makes a difference. Click here to read the article.