For Sitan, a 19-year-old in foster care, new motherhood – at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic – seemed like an insurmountable challenge. But The Foundling was there to help.

Sitan knew how to cope with challenges – but after giving birth to her daughter in April 2020, the additional stress of managing life as a new parent seemed like too much to bear. Her foster care team at The Foundling realized she needed additional support, and so they connected Sitan with a trained therapist, Elisabeth, from our Mental Health Services department.

Through regular sessions and continual communication, Elisabeth became a trusted source of guidance. Sitan learned breathing exercises and coping mechanisms to better manage her stress levels and outlook.

Working together with her therapist, Sitan found the mental space to tackle her challenges one day at a time and make steps in her life toward independence. With the support of The Foundling, she secured daycare for her daughter, rented her own apartment, and found a full-time job.

Thanks to supporters like you, Sitan is optimistic for the future. She is happy, healthy, and feels equipped to care for her young child. “The Foundling’s helped me to become a better me – and a better mother to my daughter,” Sitan says.

Watch Sitan discuss her journey in our new Health & Behavioral Health video:

Every day at The Foundling, we provide the resources for children, adults, and families to transform their own lives. However, this is only possible because of the generosity of our community. Your donation can help mothers like Sitan find the strength and stability to provide for their families, and allow the 30,000 children, adults, and families we serve each year to move forward in their lives.

Donate today – every dollar can help our neighbors move forward as they build stability and independence. If you make your gift before midnight on December 31, it will be matched by an anonymous member of the Foundling community – meaning your gift will go twice as far to support the 30,000 children, adults, and families we serve each year.Donate

This year – with the generous support of our corporate partners, community supporters, and donors –  The Foundling was able to bring holiday cheer to the children, adults, and families in our programs!

While we usually host a number of holiday celebrations and events annually, the pandemic placed most of our festivities on hold last year. Earlier this month, vaccinations and other developments allowed us to gather in-person once again, albeit on a limited scale and with strict safety precautions. After the past year and a half, these recent events felt particularly special.

Here’s how the Foundling community came together to celebrate the season this year:

Manhattan Lobby Decorating with Macy’s

Our annual tradition continued this year as our partners at Macy’s decked the halls of our Manhattan headquarters to bring holiday spirit to our staff and participants!

The Foundling’s Holiday Gift Drive

Junior Board Gift Sorting

The Junior Board volunteered their time to sort gifts for distribution to the people in our programs.

Peoplehood Volunteer Event

We hosted a corporate volunteer event for the staff at Peoplehood, where they created cards for our program participants.

Cub Scout Holiday Drive

Cub Scout Pack 422 in Manhattan hosted a holiday drive for The Foundling, collecting over $1100 in gift cards and over 200 toys.

Each December, The Foundling collects and distributes over 5,000 gifts to ensure that each child, adult, and family in our programs has a happy holiday season! This massive undertaking is only possible because of our generous donors, corporate partners, and volunteers.

TBTA Holiday Gift Giveaway

For over 25 years, the Emerald Society of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA) collects gifts for the young people in The Foundling’s programs (over 1,000 each year!), and hosts a special event featuring Santa Claus and more. In early December, they delivered a portion of the toys to our Manhattan headquarters, where kindergarten students at Haven Academy were invited to meet Santa and receive a gift.


Happy holidays from all of us at The Foundling!

Marquise and Khristian

When Marquise joined our Youth on the Rise program, he found a new outlook on life.

Marquise, a high school student living in Brooklyn, was falling behind in his high school courses, had difficulty setting goals, and was often distrustful and quiet around others.

Young people in foster care often face obstacles – but our Youth on the Rise program is expressly designed to break down these barriers. Each participant is assigned to a mentor for one-on-one guidance, and is provided with the holistic support necessary to successfully make progress for the future.

When Marquise was paired with Khristian, the two formed a close bond. Not only did Khristian provide academic help, but he also was a source for mentorship and guidance. They kept in contact regularly through text – ensuring that there was always an open line of communication – as Marquise began to work on his academic, social, and personal goals.

This partnership with The Foundling – and supporters like you – has made a world of difference. “He’s done a complete 180,” says his foster mother. Marquise is now on track to graduate, has more confidence in himself, and is looking forward to college.

This is what The Foundling’s programs do each day – we provide children, adults, and families with the support to pursue their aspirations and find success.  And we can only do this through the generosity of our community. Your donation can help young people in foster care like Marquise succeed academically, and provide stability, strength, and hope to the 30,000 children, adults, and families we serve each year.

Make a donation this holiday season  – every dollar can give our neighbors across New York and Puerto Rico the support to transform their lives.



For years, Lowell dreamed of having a job. The Foundling was there every step of the way as he made this dream a reality.

Lowell, who lives in one of our Bronx residences for people with developmental disabilities, knew he wanted to work. However, people with disabilities have some of the lowest employment rates in the country, and it was difficult for him to achieve this goal. Years passed without any progress – until he enrolled in The Foundling’s Employment Services in 2018. The program was exactly what he was looking for.

Matched with a supportive coach, he began to learn the basics of being in the workforce. He embarked on dedicated skills training, and received expert guidance as he identified jobs that fit with his interests and aptitudes. Through several volunteer positions in the community, he learned how to follow directions and conduct himself in the workplace. While some skills took some time to master, and the COVID-19 pandemic posed further disruptions, Lowell continued to have hope. He never gave up on his goal – and neither did his Foundling job coach. This summer, those efforts paid off as he accepted his first job as a team member with Shake Shack, working at a location in the Bronx!

Now, he starts his days with purpose, and enjoys doing meaningful paid work in the community. Thanks to supporters like you, Lowell has a bright future ahead.

This is what our programs do each day: provide children, adults, and families with the guidance and resources to transform their lives. And with the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic creating further obstacles for our neighbors to obtain employment and self-sufficiency, these vital programs are needed more than ever.

As a nonprofit organization, we can only do this important work with the support of our donors. Your gift can help adults like Lowell find independence, and provide stability, strength, and hope to the 30,000 children, adults, and families we serve each year. All donations are tax-deductible and will directly benefit our shared community.

Donate today – every dollar gives our neighbors the support to move forward as they pursue their dreams.


Forward and Together

When Nina opened her home as a foster parent to two siblings, she committed to making them feel safe, secure, and loved. The Foundling provided guidance, intensive therapy services, and more to support her and the children as they healed from past trauma and adjusted to a new environment.

Nina Nina, Grace, and Logan are now a thriving family – and with adoption paperwork finalized last year, they will have each other for a lifetime.  “They’re biological siblings, and it’s amazing that they get to be together – I think they feel blessed, and I also feel blessed,” says Nina.

But they couldn’t have reached this point without supporters like you. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on the generosity of our community to fund our vital services. We provide tools, resources, and support to 30,000 children, adults, and families across New York City and Puerto Rico – and with the events of the past year, this support is more crucial than ever as we work to move forward.

This is what supporters like you make possible – ensuring that children, adults, and families across New York City and Puerto Rico have the safety, support, and resources to succeed. We help our community overcome challenges – from new foster parents opening their homes to adults with developmental disabilities seeking employment – and your help is what allows us to guide these neighbors along their paths to success.

Today is Giving Tuesday – a global day of giving to charitable causes. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on the generosity of our community to make our vital programs possible. And with the events of the past year, this support is more crucial than ever as our neighbors work to recover and move beyond the pandemic. Donations are tax-deductible, and every dollar can provide crucial support to a family in need. Together, we can partner to make a difference.

Make a donation today and give children, adults, and families across New York and Puerto Rico the gift of opportunity:

Delany and Melody

$1,000 can fund 4 months of therapy for a family in need



$500 can underwrite a day-long group outing in the community for adults with developmental disabilities


Holiday Gifts Haven

$100 can provide holiday gifts for 10 children attending Haven Academy



Interested in other ways to support The Foundling this holiday season?

  • Join our Holiday Gift Drive: Help us bring joy to families this holiday season! Purchase a gift from our Amazon wish list, or click here to download our flyer which contains information about other ways to donate items.
  • Give back on AmazonSmile: Visit AmazonSmile and choose The New York Foundling as your AmazonSmile charity. The Foundling will receive a portion of every dollar you spend – a simple way to give back as you shop online, at no cost to you!
  • Start a Fundraiser: If you’re on Facebook, you and your network can easily support The Foundling! Visit our Facebook page and start a fundraiser to support the children, adults, and families in our programs.
  • Get Involved: Browse volunteer opportunities and ways to give back here. Or deepen your Foundling connection by signing up for our mailing list, joining our Junior Board, or exploring and sharing your Foundling roots.
  • Make a Legacy Gift: Include The Foundling in your estate plans, ensuring that our work continues for generations to come. Learn more here.

On local television channel BronxNet’s Bronx Social Justice and Anti-Violence Forums, our CEO and President Bill Baccaglini sat down with host Daren Jaime to share the current state of The Foundling’s developmental disabilities, child welfare, education, and other programs. Additionally, Bill discusses the changes that the new year – with leadership changes both at The Foundling and the city’s mayoral administration- may bring.

Watch the interview below:

Read more on BronxNet

Haven Kids Rock

Mott Haven Herald recently featured Haven Kids Rock – detailing our program’s recent performances of Unstoppable, Tales from the Schoolyard, the important role that a performing arts program can play in the lives of students, and more.  If you lower the bar for kids who have challenging lives, you forever limit their potential,” said founder Nefertiti Jones. “We are raising the bar for our kids and they are rising.”

Read more at Mott Haven Herald.


Good Day New York

Fox 5’s Good Day New York recently named The New York Foundling as its ‘Hero of the Day.’

Watch the video below to learn more:

FCSI Graduates

By Bonnie Loughner, Assistant Vice President, Fostering College Success Initiative

At The Foundling, we believe that education opens the doors of opportunity for children and young adults, and academic support is a prominent component of the work we do. Students in foster care often lack the support systems they need for academic success, and too often don’t graduate college as a result. By providing mentorship, tutoring, and other forms of support, the Fostering College Success Initiative (FCSI) works to fill this need. The Foundling partners with New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and City University of New York (CUNY) to produce this program, and together we provide opportunities and resources to help college students beat the odds.

In the past year, the program has had some exciting developments.

Increasing our Reach

We’re expanding the network of schools we partner with, providing more young people in foster care with the opportunity to join the program and receive support. Although 95% of our college students are enrolled in CUNY, we now also have students attending College of Mount Saint Vincent, Pace University, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Alfred State, SUNY Broome Community College, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Expanding Career Opportunities

In the past, the Fostering College Success Initiative program has focused mostly on connecting students with college coaches and tutors, but we’re now looking beyond that to the next step—guiding them to employment. In summer 2020, we added a Career Counseling unit to the services we provide, and in 2021 we were able to expand these services in partnership with the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation. Our dedicated team of career counselors helps students with resumes, cover letters, mock interviews, and networking. We also connect them to opportunities like job fairs, panels, career events, and job/internship placements.

We’re also working on bolstering our partnerships, with the goal of increasing access to unique and targeted internship opportunities for our students.

For example, for the first time this summer – and with the assistance of our partners at ACS – we were able to coordinate an internship program as a paid professional development program through DYCD’s Summer Youth Employment program. For six weeks, students with an interest in business were paired with mentors from Goldman Sachs and attended sessions focusing on personal finance, job advice, and professional development. In addition to learning job skills and receiving mentorship, the students also worked on marketing-themed projects that provided Goldman Sachs with actionable data they’ll use to recruit and retain diverse talent. Previously, students who’ve completed programs like this one were ultimately hired by the company.

In addition to Goldman Sachs, FCSI’s internship program has also placed our students in office positions within the NYPD, ACS, and Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Inspiring and Connecting Students

As a source of inspiration for our students, we’ve launched a quarterly Speaker Series that highlights the voices of prior youth in care. These adults, who are now successful business professionals, know what it’s like to be in the foster care system, and how to move past these challenges to lead a successful life.  Not only do these speakers inspire and provide motivation for students, they’re also a source of practical insight and guidance. We hope to attract future speakers from across the country to participate.

We also launched our new Fostering College Success Initiative website, which contains an online portal for everything our students need—announcements, events, etc. Also, while the program had previously enrolled students at the beginning of each semester, we now have moved towards rolling admissions, allowing us to support students as soon as they need assistance.

Moving Forward

All the college residences of the schools our students attend are now open after being closed last year during the pandemic. Many of our students are back in dorms, while others have opted to stay in the community with friends, family, or foster parents. While some of our students have returned to in-person classes, others became comfortable with online learning and prefer to continue that way. We also have students returning for a fresh start after taking a break year during the pandemic. Regardless of their path, they’ve been so resilient, and we’re there to help make adapting and adjusting easier.

The Foundling is committed to providing our students in care with the tools and opportunities that allow them to achieve success. That’s why we’re always tailoring our programs, expanding our reach, and opening doors to meet the needs of our students in the ever-changing academic and career landscape.

The Foundling’s Fostering College Success Initiative program is generously supported by the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation and the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation.

As we enter November and look toward the holiday season, the warm days of summer seem so far away. But just a few months ago, Camp Felix – our overnight summer camp – was in session, providing the young people in our programs with the opportunity to experience the outdoors, spend time away from home, and create lifelong memories and friendships.

Our Putnam Valley campground was closed in 2020 due to COVID-19, but this August, we were able to safely host 96 campers and provide them with exciting in-person activities. After last year, he ability to escape from isolation, socialize, and build connections was needed more than ever.

Because of pandemic restrictions, Camp Felix was unable to host their annual Open House – which invites visitors onto the campground for a meal, talent show, and other activities – but they were able to put together a virtual version.

Watch the video below for a glimpse of the fun!