Building Futures

We work to build futures for our neighbors.

Since 1869, The New York Foundling has supported hundreds of thousands of children, adults, and families on their own paths to stability, strength, and independence. Our evidence-based and research-backed programs and services connect our communities with the opportunities to grow strong, and the tools to shape their own future.

Our Programs

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Programs for parents and children that keep families safe, supported, and together

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Comprehensive services to help adults with developmental disabilities reach their full potential

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Academic programs that eliminate barriers and open the door to opportunity

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Pediatric health care, mental health services, and other programs supporting well-being

Intervention and diversion services to keep young people out of the criminal justice system


We believe that all people—no matter circumstance or zip code—should have the opportunity to thrive. But for all of us, discovering what we are capable of and reaching our full potential requires support along the way. With an effective and interrelated set of services, we work in partnership with our neighbors who create transformational change in their own lives.

Trusting in the Power and Potential of People. Since 1869.

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Our Continued


hours of free after-school programming provided to Haven Academy students every year
program sites in Puerto Rico serving pregnant mothers, new parents, and young children
children and adults served in our programs for individuals with developmental disabilities every year
instances of serious abuse or neglect uncovered as a result of participation in the CAPP program
Invest in Potential and Transformation
Your contribution makes opportunities and support available to people who are working to realize their own strength and independence.
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Information Sessions
June 14
Info Session: Become a Foster Parent with The Foundling

Success Stories

Shawn's Road to Independence

Shawn was diagnosed with a developmental disability as a child, making everyday tasks difficult. Since 2011, he has lived at a supportive Foundling residence in Rockland County, and for the past five years, has received additional skills training through our Community Habilitation program. Given his disability, he faces numerous challenges in daily life – but with The Foundling providing a helping hand, Shawn has made tremendous strides toward independence.

For Shawn, learning to drive has been one of his personal goals for more than five years, though he hadn’t yet succeeded in passing his permit test. When Shawn’s routine was upended during the pandemic, he took a renewed approach to studying, while being supported by his Foundling Community Habilitation Specialist. Together, they reviewed sample tests and went on the road to practice concepts firsthand. In September, Shawn took the exam again—and passed with a perfect score. He now looks forward to beginning driving lessons and pursuing the new opportunities that a license will bring. With The Foundling helping him navigate, Shawn looks forward to steering the way toward further independence.

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