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Safeguarding Their Futures, a conference focused on the current state of education for youth and children involved in the child welfare system across New York City, will feature a full day of addresses, panel discussions and work sessions. Part of a year of programming created in honor of our 150th anniversary, this education conference brings education and child welfare experts together to discuss educational issues affecting youth in the child welfare system, identify areas for additional research, and explore promising new initiatives.

Keynote addresses for the symposium will be delivered by Jennifer K. Pokempner, Senior Attorney for the Juvenile Law Center and Janis Avery, CEO of Treehouse – a leading nonprofit that provides academic and other essential supports to youth in care. Additional speakers will include David A. Hansell, Commissioner for the NYC Administration for Children’s Services; Jessica Nauiokas, Head of School at Haven Academy; Vanessa Barrat, Senior Research Associate for WestEd Regional Education Lab; Jess Dannhauser, President and CEO of Graham Windham and more.

View the event agenda here.

While attendance is closed to the public, we will be livestreaming the full event – check back soon for the link!


The Fontana Center Exhibit

The Foundling’s Fontana Center Proudly Presents:

A tour of our exhibit, “A Story of Hope, Healing and Resiliency: Understanding and Preventing Child Maltreatment”

Monday, November 11 | 5:30pm—6:30pm

590 Avenue of the Americas | 9th  Floor

The mission of The Foundling’s Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection’s Public Tour is to educate and sensitize the public and child welfare professionals about the history of child maltreatment and gain an understanding of current initiatives in the field. Participants will learn about the impact of child abuse and neglect through the voices of child abuse victims and their caregivers, portraits of adult survivors of child maltreatment, and media highlights of child abuse and neglect in the United States. Participants will learn important facts and recent research about child maltreatment and how they can intervene and contribute to the primary prevention of child maltreatment.

Space is limited and attendance is first come, first serve. To secure a spot, please contact FontanaCenter@nyfoundling.org  (attention Minerva Deleon).


Location: Clove Lakes Park – Baseball Field
1150 Victory BLVD, Staten Island, NY 10301