of adults with developmental disabilities report that they have no one to talk to about personal things and often feel lonely

6,000+ holiday gifts distributed to The Foundling program participants every year

107 program sites across New York and Puerto Rico

Individuals with developmental disabilities are the largest minority group in the United States

Irene reached out to the Foundling’s Developmental Disabilities Division when her daughter was looking to become more independent. Working with a skills trainer, Irene and her daughter created a plan to achieve that goal.

Tajuana has begun the process of adopting her two young cousins with special needs, for whom she has been a foster parent for 7 years. Already a mother to three grown children, a grandmother, and a foster parent to another child, Tajuana is committed to providing children in need with a loving supportive home.

Carl’s disabilities aren’t seen as obstacles to living an independent and fulfilling life. With hands-on training and coaching from his care management team at The Foundling, Carl sets out to conquer the day from the moment his alarm clock rings. From preparing healthy meals in his supported apartment to managing his bank account and enjoying time with friends, Carl is setting and exceeding his own goals. Last summer, Carl began working at a local nursing home. He’s taking on new responsibilities and is becoming more and more independent, taking advantage of all the opportunities available to him.

Over 1,000 children and adults served in our programs for people with developmental disabilities every year