The Vincent J. Fontana Center offers a variety of programs, courses, workshops and lectures for members of the professional community who are engaged in critically important work geared to addressing or reducing child abuse, maltreatment and neglect. Professions that have participated in our programs in the past include a broad array of health care professionals (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, etc), social workers, psychiatrists, case workers, case aides, educators and many other mandated reporters, child welfare, mental health, developmental disabilities and other human service staff.
- Training and Education Programs—offered in coordination with The New York Foundling’s Training and Staff Development Department, training programs geared to understanding child abuse and neglect
- Lectures, Workshops and Conferences
- Educational Exhibition
- Training and Education for Foundling Staff
The Fontana Center offers opportunities for professionals in child welfare and human services to enhance their knowledge and share their expertise:
Throughout the year, The New York Foundling Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection partners with agencies to host conferences for professionals in child welfare and related fields. Our goal is to ensure professionals have access to the most current evidence-based learning with which to enhance their practice.
Once again, the Fontana Center is thrilled to host the New York Foundling Annual Professional Conference, which offers professionals the opportunity to further their knowledge and skill base in working with children and families within New York City’s child welfare system. This year's conference will be held on Friday, October 26th, 2012. Click here for conference brochure and registration form.
The Fontana is pleased to co-sponsor the 2012/2013 Child Abuse Workshop Series with the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children-New York, Inc. This four-part series begins in November 2012. Registration is currently open. To download the program brochure and registration form, please click here.
The New York Foundling Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection is a Regional Suicide Prevention Training site which provides and coordinates evidence-based suicide prevention training models. These training models are meant to promote safety amongst populations at high risk for suicide including LGBTQ youth. The trainings are targeted to youth, community members and professionals working with high risk groups.
Through the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial State Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Program, The Foundling provides trainings such as QPR and ASIST in New York City, Long Island and in Lower Hudson Valley counties. Our staff is available to work with any community group to select and deliver the appropriate training based on identified needs.
For more information about training, please contact Ketsia Delarosa-Torres at 212-660-1306 or
The 14th annual William Randolph Hearst program is currently in session. The Fontana Center has hosted this 20-week training program for professionals in the social service fields around the prevention of child abuse and neglect. We are grateful for the generous endowment provided by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation which enables us to offer the Program. The topics and presenters reflect current priorities in the area of child abuse and neglect prevention. Click here to see this year’s program brochure and learning objectives. Registration for the program is currently closed. For more information or to be added to the mailing list for next year’s program which will begin in September 2013, please email
or call 212-660-1321.
First- and second- year social work interns from New York City-based higher education institutions may take advantage of stimulating career opportunities at The Foundling. We provide clinical and administrative track field placements throughout The Fontana Center and The New York Foundling and give students invaluable, hands-on experience working with vulnerable children and families. For more information, call 212-660-1318.
"I Don't Want to Choose": How Middle School Kids in Foster Care Can Avoid Choosing One Parent Over Another is a first-of-its-kind, multi-faceted program to support children in foster care, as well as their parents and foster parents, as they deal with complicated and often painful loyalty conflicts. Learn more about this groundbreaking trio of resources.
The following organizations share in The Foundling’s mission to protect children:
New York Children’s Services (also known as ACS)
The New York City Administration for Children’s Services protects New York City’s children from abuse and neglect. Along with our community partners, Children’s Services provides neighborhood-based services to help ensure children grow up in safe, permanent homes with strong families.
Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA)
The Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies is the principal representative for nearly all the voluntary, not-for-profit organizations providing foster care, adoption, family preservation, and special education services in New York State. With 110 member organizations, ranging in size from storefront operations to some of the nation's largest multi-service agencies, COFCCA works with its members and government to ensure quality services for our most vulnerable children - children who have suffered abuse and abandonment and children at-risk
Citizens’ Committee for Children (CCC)
Since 1944, Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, Inc. (CCC) has convened, informed and mobilized New Yorkers to make the city a better place for children. CCC's approach to child advocacy is fact-based and combines the best features of public policy advocacy with a tradition of citizen activism. Casting light on the issues, engaging allies, fueling civic discourse, identifying improvements and envisioning alternatives has helped CCC make children a priority in New York City.
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
The Child Welfare League of America is the nation's oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization. We are committed to engaging people everywhere in promoting the well-being of children, youth, and their families, and protecting every child from harm.
Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP)
1-866-922-CAPP (Child Helpline)
CAPP aims to educate young children about their right to be safe. With their award-winning Child Safety Workshop, CAPP has found an effective and engaging way of teaching children the skills they need to recognize and resist abuse. Using life-sized Kids On The Block, Inc. puppets to provide school children with safety information, the workshops have reached over 350,000 children to date.
Prevent Child Abuse New York
Prevent Child Abuse New York was founded in 1980, as the Federation on Child Abuse and Neglect, by a network of county child abuse task forces. In 1982 the agency became the New York chapter of National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse. The organization’s name was changed to Prevent Child Abuse New York in 1999, when the national name was changed to Prevent Child Abuse America.