Family Permanency Planning Services
For a child, home and family is everything. It anchors them. It defines them. It makes them whole. It bestows sanctuary, unconditional love and permanency (at least for the heart). Its transcendence gives them the confidence to extend outward, and to grow up. The children we serve in our family foster care division – all 900 of them – have been removed from their homes, or had their homes crumble beneath them. Our job is to get them back to their families or, if that is not possible, adopted into a new family or, if that is not possible, connected to someone who is willing to be that anchor, that sanctuary, for that child, no matter what, throughout their childhood and deep into adulthood.
Family Foster Care & Adoption
To help us do that, we have hundreds of loving and highly qualified foster parents – primarily in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx and Westchester County – who serve as our foster children’s substitute family. They are supported by a cadre of highly professional case planners, supervisors, clinicians, medical providers, parent advocates, youth development and educational specialists, all of whom exercise their day-to-day responsibilities through strong social contracts that explicitly emphasizes family permanency planning and the responsibility of all stakeholders to accept nothing less than safe, loving and permanent homes for all our children. Every child needs and has a right to a home.
Family Success Initiative
The Family Success Initiative helps parents safely manage their children’s behaviors by helping parents proactively anticipate the unique needs of their children, and employ strategies to meet those needs; consistently apply developmentally appropriate discipline; manage parent-child conflict; create and sustain nurturing environments for their children; and connect to networks of support.
To achieve this goal, the Family Success Initiative employs individual, family and group interventions that build on parents’ strengths and broaden their skill set. The program helps families develop and reinforce positive parenting skills areas identified by the case planner and parent through the framework of Solution-Based Casework.