The Foundling – understanding that children thrive with loving families – participated in the Orphan Train Movement, which resettled hundreds of orphans with families across the country. The Foundling ended the Orphan Train program in 1919.
Camp Felix – an overnight summer camp that enables the young people in our programs to bond with their peers, learn new skills, stay active, nurture their creativity, and connect with nature – is established in New York’s Putnam County. Open for 4 weeks each summer, the camp provides an unforgettable experience for its campers and counselors.
Launched in the 1980s, the Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP) gives 3rd and 4th grade students the tools they need to recognize, report, and prevent child abuse. In 2014, this program – which uses life-sized puppets to provide school children with safety information – joined The Foundling’s family of child welfare programs.
Through a partnership with New York City’s Administration of Children’s Services and the City University of New York, The Foundling establishes the Dorm Project. This innovative program provides dormitory housing across multiple CUNY campuses, along with comprehensive academic and social supports, to help young people in foster care across all of New York City’s foster care system succeed in college and beyond.
The Foundling’s mental health clinic opens in East Harlem, providing the community with high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional mental health support and treatment. Like all New York Foundling programs and services, our clinic delivers research-backed tools and a nurturing staff that sets up families for healthy independence, prosperous and successful futures.
The Foundling took over management of over 50 residences for people with developmental disabilities (previously operated by THRIVE Network and Catholic Guardian Services). This expansion doubled of the capacity of The Foundling’s services for people with developmental disabilities, helping us reach more than 1,000 people in over 100 supportive residences and 15 day-habilitation sites and programs across Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and surrounding counties.
The Foundling establishes a Head Start preschool program in Puerto Rico to serve the island’s isolated, rural areas and low-income urban neighborhoods. The program has grown to work with more than 1,500 families every year.
The Foundling’s Crisis Nursery opens, offering temporary respite for children whose families are facing crisis that could threaten their children’s safety.
The Foundling establishes The Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection to honor Dr. Fontana’s contributions to the field of child abuse prevention. The center provides leadership in child abuse prevention and treatment efforts throughout the nation through its Education Center and Research Department.
The Foundling has always been committed to addressing the immediate needs of our neighbors and when substance abuse was occurring within many New York City neighborhoods, The Foundling launched the Pathway Center for Family Treatment in Harlem, a comprehensive community-centered program to help mothers overcome their addictions, become responsible parents, and keep their families together.