Nurturing Family Health Initiative
The Foundling’s Nurturing Family Health Initiative targets New York City families of children and adolescents who face multiple intersecting needs—financial, social, medical, and behavioral—that place them at high risk of involvement with the child welfare and/or criminal justice systems. The program utilizes two evidence-based models which can be customized to families with varying combinations of complex needs.
The Foundling has a long history of providing impactful mental health programming to children, adolescents, and their families in the school and community through home-based services. The Nurturing Family Health Initiative delivers these services in the homes of families facing major behavioral health needs for their children, as well as in homeless shelters, helping to teach parenting skills and strengthen families. The program focuses on improving family stability by increasing the family’s connection to and engagement in the community and ameliorating risk factors that can lead to child welfare placement. The program leverages evidence that high family engagement and increased community connection facilitates positive change and opportunities for children and families to improve their safety and well-being. The program utilizes evidenced-based models GenerationPMTO and Functional Family Therapy – Behavioral Health (FFT-BH).