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The Foundling establishes family services for deaf children and adults, the first and only foster care prevention program for families who have a deaf family member.

Learn about our Deaf Services program.

St. Agatha Home for Children merges with The Foundling to provide compassionate care for children in a cottage-based campus setting. This program operated within The Foundling until 2005, and the site of St. Agatha’s continues to be used as part of The Foundling’s programs for people with developmental disabilities.

The Foundling moves its central office from East 68th Street to its current site at 590 Avenue of the Americas. The building houses The Maria Lucadamo Crisis Nursery and The Foundling’s administrative offices.

The Foundling’s Independent Living Program is initiated to assist youth in foster care to prepare for independent living. Now known as our Supportive Housing program, The Foundling provides housing and social support to 18-25 year olds aging out of foster care, including counseling and connections to education and employment.

Learn more about our Supportive Housing program.

Haven Academy

The Foundling opens the first charter school in the nation specifically designed to meet the needs of children involved with the child welfare system. Haven Academy’s scholars consistently outperform similar schools in academic tests, and a special trauma-informed curriculum ensures that their social and emotional needs are met as well. In 2017, the school expanded to include a middle school, and now educates children from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Learn more about Mott Haven Academy Charter School.

Pathway Center

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.

Juvenile Justice

The Foundling launches its first alternative to incarceration program, using evidence-based practices to work with whole families to address challenges that lead to system involvement––allowing young people to pursue viable alternatives to conviction, jail time, and a criminal record.

Learn more about our Alternatives to Incarceration programs.

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.

Learn about our Research, Advocacy, and Public Education Programs.

Dr. Vincent J. Fontana establishes The Foundling’s Child Abuse Rehabilitation Program as a short-term residential program for mothers and children to break the cycle of child abuse.

Learn more about our research, advocacy, and public education efforts at our Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection.

The Foundling celebrates its 100th Anniversary with Cardinal Spellman officiating a Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.