Articles by Jess Dannhauser

Stick with Young People and Parents

April 3rd, 2017 by

At Graham Windham, we’ve learned that the best ideas come from our kids, families and team. Where there are good ideas here, the source is likely one of our youth, parent, foster parent or staff roundtables. (That is where we do our best thinking at Graham.) Where there are not-so-great ideas, those are probably mine […]

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 […]

Towards Equity: Bi-partisan Federal Legislation Tackles Racial Disproportionality and Puts Families First

February 24th, 2016 by

“Any addict who walks into the police station with the remainder of their drug equipment (needles, etc) or drugs and asks for help will NOT be charged. Instead we will walk them through the system toward detox and recovery. We will assign them an “angel” who will be their guide through the process. ” When Leonard Campanello, the police chief of Gloucester, Massachusetts, made this promise to his constituents in May 2015, he inspired 56 police departments in 17 states to […]

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 Family Stability and Kinship Care Act

August 19th, 2015 by

Please read this important  City Limits article  about The Family Stability and Kinship Care Act and Senator Ron Wyden’s push for greater flexibility in federal funding to strengthen families. If the bill passes, the federal government would make matching funds available for the first time ever for services to keep children deemed at risk of foster-care placement at […]

A Letter to David Brooks

June 22nd, 2015 by

June 19, 2015 Mr. David Brooks The New York Times 620 8th Avenue New York, NY 10018 Dear Mr. Brooks: As an organization devoted to helping young people envision and achieve success as adults, we read with interest your recent column entitled “How Adulthood Happens.”   It offers reassuring wisdom to both young adults and their parents about […]

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