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At The Foundling, we strive to provide the support and resources to help our neighbors to live their best lives – and during the holidays, this means providing those we serve with the opportunity to celebrate and enjoy the festivities of the season!

Thanks to the generous support of our corporate partners, community supporters, and donors, we were able to host a number of parties and events to bring holiday cheer to the children, adults, and families in our programs.

Here are just a few of the ways that the Foundling community has been able to celebrate together this December:

NYF Holiday LobbyManhattan Lobby Decorating with Macy’s

Every year, volunteers from Macy’s decorate the lobby at our Manhattan location for the holidays! The trees, ornaments, and other holiday decorations bring festive cheer to our staff and the children, adults, and families in our programs all month.

 

PJ Clarke's Wreath DecoratingWreath Decorating at PJ Clarke’s

Our annual wreath decorating event, sponsored by PJ Clarke’s in Lincoln Square, provided holiday cheer. Children in our foster care program and their families, as well as scholars from Haven Academy, enjoyed a breakfast buffet, exciting presents, and fun decorating opportunities!

 

Crisis Nursery Party 2019Crisis Nursery Celebration with Macy’s

Families who have been involved in our Crisis Nursery program throughout the year were invited for a night of family fun. This holiday party, sponsored by Macy’s, included a yummy dinner, temporary tattoos, a visit from Santa, music from holiday carolers, and presents!

 

Healthy Families SI Party 2019Healthy Families Staten Island Holiday Party

Healthy Families Staten Island invited the families in their program to a grand celebration – festivities included delicious food, an appearance by Santa, face painting, and gifts for the kids!

 

Jets Shopping Spree 2019Haven Academy Shopping Spree with the New York Jets

On Monday, a group of 30 scholars from Haven Academy received the experience of a lifetime – they were treated to a holiday shopping spree at Target by Brandon Copeland, linebacker of the New York Jets! The surprise event provided our kids with the opportunity to pick out great holiday gifts and enjoy dinner with Copeland and other Jets players.

 

DD Holiday Party 2019Developmental Disabilities Holiday Party

At our Developmental Disabilities Holiday Party, our participants and their families enjoyed a visit from Santa, a tasty meal, and other festivities!

 

TD Bank Holiday 2019TD Bank Celebration

TD Bank, one of our corporate partners, recently provided gifts for our scholars at Haven Academy, and invited the school’s top spelling bee champions to a festive celebration at TD’s office. Scholars received presents and books, shared their hardest to spell and favorite words, and enjoyed sweet treats with the TD team!

 

Deaf Services Holiday Party 2019Deaf Services Holiday Party

Our Deaf Services program hosted a celebration at our Manhattan headquarters, which included a visit from Santa, a catered meal, and holiday fun.

 

 

Santa Frank 2019Santa Frank and the City Santas at Haven Academy

An annual holiday tradition, Santa Frank and the City Santas visited Haven Academy, with gifts for our Haven Academy scholars.

 

 

MTA BTA 2019BTA MTA Gift Giveaway

Since the 1980s, the Bridge and Tunnel Association has organized a gift giveaway for our kids. This year’s event provided kindergarteners from Haven Academy with the opportunity to sing Christmas carols, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy presents!

 

Happy holidays from all of us at The Foundling!

Nadia

At The Foundling, we trust in the power and potential of people, and work to ensure that all of our neighbors have the tools to thrive.

That’s why we’re committed to evidence-based and research-backed programs that provide the support that allow our community members to weather tough times and work toward success. We believe that this approach is key to keeping our community whole and families intact and successful. These programs provide critical tools and support, and build a strong foundation for lifelong growth.

Nadia, who serves on our Board of Trustees, would agree.

When she became pregnant at 15, she knew she needed a supportive place to live, and guidance on how to care for her daughter. Through our residential Mother Child program, she found a safe home, parenting assistance, life skills training, and the encouragement to pursue her own aspirations.

Our caring staff provided Nadia with the support to be a great mother, as well as the motivation to pursue her education and career goals.

Now a Managing Director at a top professional services firm, Nadia is grateful that The Foundling provided her a helping hand when she needed it. Through her work on our Board, she enjoys giving back to The Foundling, and is proud to help support the next generation of parents, their children, and others in our programs.

Nancy and her childrenThis work helps people like Nancy, a mother of four who needed help after escaping an abusive marriage.

With the support of Foundling counselors and therapists in our Healthy Families program, she was able to work through her past trauma, adjust to life changes as a single parent, and provide the communication and stability needed for her four children to succeed. Now, she is an independent role model for her children, and her family is thriving.

“My experience with Healthy Families has been amazing,” Nancy says. “Family therapy helped me realize how to be a better parent. We are able to communicate better, manage time better. I’m able to keep up with my family because I got that help.”

The Foundling serves over 30,000 people each year, including many more like Nadia and Nancy – parents and families who are working to reach their full potential and transform their lives for the better. Throughout our 50+ programs, we provide this support to community members facing numerous obstacles – parents undergoing change, adults with developmental disabilities, youth in the child welfare system, and more. However, we can only do this important work with the help of supporters like you.

This holiday season, consider making a donation to make a difference in the lives of everyone the Foundling serves.

 


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NYU Silver

NEW YORK, NY – October 17, 2019 – The New York Foundling, one of the city’s oldest and largest social services providers, today announced that $60,000 in scholarships will be awarded to a group of five Master of Social Work (MSW) students at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work during the 2019-2020 academic year to encourage talented young people to pursue careers in social work and child welfare. It is the second consecutive year that The Foundling has provided such scholarship support for child welfare-focused NYU Silver MSW students.

The rising costs associated with graduate education can be a deterrent to students pursuing careers in the social services. These scholarships are intended to reduce some of that financial pressure and empower students with the drive and the desire to work in child welfare to pursue their passion.

“Social work is a rewarding, fulfilling career path that allows individuals to make a tremendous difference in the lives of the children and families who most need a helping hand on their journeys to stability, strength, and independence,” said Bill Baccaglini, President and CEO of The New York Foundling. “This scholarship lessens the financial burden associated with higher education and incentivizes motivated, purpose-driven students to be a part of this transformational work and be a positive force in their communities.”

The recipients of the scholarships, who are known as The New York Foundling Fellows, have also been assigned internships at programs run by The Foundling, with one each at The Foundling’s Crisis Nursery, Home of Integrated Health, Mott Haven Academy Charter School, Supportive Housing Program for Youth Aging out of Foster Care, and TFCO Program.

“We are grateful to The Foundling for this critical scholarship funding, which will support five future child welfare practitioners and leaders in pursuit of their career goals.” said NYU Silver Dean and Paulette Goddard Professor of Social Work Neil B. Guterman. NYU Silver is known for its excellence in clinical training and Dr. Guterman is himself among the School’s cadre of faculty experts in the area of child welfare. ”I am confident that The Foundling’s investment  will reap benefits not only for the fellows, but to numerous vulnerable children and families whom they will serve in the decades to come.”

 

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About The New York Foundling

At The New York Foundling, we trust in the potential of people, and we deliberately invest in proven practices. From bold beginnings in 1869, our New York-based nonprofit has supported a quarter million neighbors on their own paths to stability, strength, and independence. The New York Foundling’s internationally-recognized set of social services are both proven and practical. We help children and families navigate through and beyond foster care. We help families struggling with conflict and poverty to grow stronger. We help individuals with developmental disabilities live their best lives, and we help children and families access quality health and mental health services core to building lifelong resilience and wellbeing. For more information, please visit www.nyfoundling.org.

 

About NYU Silver School of Social Work

NYU Silver School of Social Work provides a robust and engaging environment for the education of professional social workers, offering undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree programs. The School serves as a major postgraduate training center for practicing social workers and offers master’s students intensive learning opportunities in family and children’s services, mental health, integrated health, substance misuse and co-occurring disorders, palliative and end-of-life care, restorative justice, and other innovative and emerging areas of social work. MSW students also have the opportunity to pursue global learning with NYU Silver programming in New York, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, and other cities around the world. Founded in 1960 and renowned for a strong tradition of excellence in direct social work practice and dedication to social justice, NYU Silver has provided rigorous training to over 18,000 social work practitioners and leaders in every area of the field. The School’s faculty are on the leading edge of scholarly research and address society’s most intractable problems with a focus on proactive approaches and preventive interventions that transform lives. For more information, please visit socialwork.nyu.edu.

Crisis Nursery

Affordable childcare is at once one of the most tantalizing promises of contemporary American life, and the most broken. Our modern economy cannot function without a system for the nurturing of our youngest citizens—as of 2017 there were nearly 15 million children under 6 in this country with all available parents in the workforce. But for everyone except the very wealthy, childcare is ruinously expensive.

Read more, including a mention of our Crisis Nursery, at TIME.

“Of the more than 25,000 children in foster care in New York state, some 3,500 are waiting to be adopted. But legislation that passed the state Assembly and Senate in June could make it much harder for these children to find permanent homes.

Introduced by Bronx Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner, the Preserving Family Bonds Act would let birthparents whose rights have been terminated by the court apply to visit their children. They would be entitled to a hearing to argue that their continuing contact is in the child’s best interest…”

Read more, including insight from our President & CEO Bill Baccaglini, at The Wall Street Journal here.

Written by Foundling Intern and Guest Blogger, Lattisha M.

 

The Foundling is proud to now operate and run the city’s Staten Island Community Partnership Program (which became official earlier this year!). Each year, the program hosts an annual Fatherhood Family Fun Day and Resource Fair. Saturday marked the 9th year of the event and hundreds of families attended, including adoptive parents and foster parents.

 

Over 40 community partners and city agencies participated and included the following organizations: Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC; Families on the Move of NYC, Inc.; Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Plus; The New York Public Library; Primerica Financial Service; RUMC Head Start, Literacy Inc; Healthcare Education Project; ACS’s Family Assessment Program and their Safe Sleep Initiative; Public Health Solutions Nurse Family Partnership Program; and CABS Homecare.  Thank you to these partners, and everyone else who joined us!

 

Resources and giveaways were distributed to families and kids—with special items for all of the dads and male role models who attended—and everyone enjoyed games and activities. New York’s radio station, Hot 97, also helped to promote this community event and encouraged attendance across all of Staten Island!

 

Other attractions during this signature event included a bounce house, face painting, a fitness demonstration, a magic show, and a presentation of an FDNY smoke house (and a demonstration on what to do in case a fire breaks out in your home). The Staten Island Zoo was also in attendance with their outreach table and live animals.

 

The New York Foundling officially became the backbone organization for the Staten Island Community Partnership Program (SICPP) to work in partnership with the New York City Administration of Children’s Services, Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships to support and strengthen opportunities for children, families, and multi-generational Staten Island residents.

 

Dozens of human services agencies and foundations, including The New York Foundling are asking Mayor Bill de Blasio for a $50 million boost to the budget for foster care next year. The funding would go toward full-time life coaches and tutors for current and former foster youth from middle school through age 26, a model that nonprofit foster care agencies say has shown promise for teens in their care.READ MORE

This article is part of a yearlong series examining higher education for youth in foster care, made possible in part by The New York Foundling. READ MORE

NBC New York’s Melissa Russo reports on The Foundling’s Child Abuse Prevention Program and its funding troubles.

 

The New York Foundling’s one-of-a-kind Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP) has been forced to scale back the number of in-school Child Safety Workshops for the remainder of the school year due to a lack of funding — a move the organization regretfully informed principals of on January 9.

 

“As a private, nonprofit agency, The Foundling can simply no longer sustain covering the $530,000 annual cost of the program without support from the Department of Education. As a result, we must significantly reduce the number of workshops scheduled for this semester,” the letter from Foundling leadership to elementary school principals explained.

 

The Foundling turned to the NYC Department of Education asking for much-needed help funding this highly impactful, life-saving program, but has yet to know whether they’ll back the program that ensures thousands of children’s safety.

 

NBC New York’s Melissa Russo has been following the story, and spoke with Bill Baccaglini, CEO and President of The Foundling, about the cuts — and the potential consequences. Due to the cancellations, he told Russo, more than 4,000 children across New York City schools will be missing out on age-appropriate education that would enable them to put an end to physical and sexual abuse.

 

That translates to roughly 60 children who could continue to be abused due to lack of education, Baccaglini and program director Marion White estimate in their letter to schools.

 

The program, which uses life-sized puppets in its workshops, has been at the forefront of child abuse prevention education since it began in 1986. Its Child Safety Workshops educate approximately 20,000 3rd and 4th grade students per year on inappropriate touch and how to speak with adults about suspected abuse. Last year alone, these in-school presentations resulted in 165 calls to New York State’s child abuse hotline.

 

While the future of CAPP is still uncertain, The Foundling is hopeful that negotiations with the city’s Department of Education will result in support for this unique program that protects children and puts their safety first.

 

Learn more below:

A Q&A on The Foundling’s website tells how Trystan worked his way through adversity as a teen to earn a master’s degree from New York University, where he then interned with the same organization that helped him as a foster care youth. READ MORE