Catie Boatright (center), therapist with The Foundling’s Families Rising Program, with a family she treated
The New York Foundling’s Families Rising Program, which keeps older adolescents charged with crime out of detention and at home through proceedings, now has some extra support thanks to a generous $8,500 grant from The New York Bar Foundation (TNYBF).
“With support from The New York Bar Association, we are able to offer youth an alternative to incarceration program,” said Bill Baccaglini, President and CEO of The Foundling. “We work with the individual and their family—and the courts—to avoid a criminal record in exchange for participating in Functional Family Therapy, an evidence-based approach that’s had highly replicated success among participants.”
The New York Foundling was one of several TNYBF grant recipients. In 2017, the organization allocated $640,000 in grants for 98 New York programs to assist in increasing public understanding of the law, improving the justice system, facilitating delivery of legal services and enhancing processional and competence ethics, a press release notes.