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Administration for Children Services

Field Office Located at
3401 Grand Concourse, 4th Floor
Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 933-1212

ACS is committed to the protection of Children

Alianza Dominicana Inc.

Alianza's mission is to assist children, youth and families break the cycle of poverty and fulfill their potential as members of the global community.

Located in PS 11, The Highbridge School, Alizanza offers youth services, an afterschool program, a school support program, and a food pantry.

ASTOR Family Service
ASTOR Home for Children
Bronx Defenders

Created and staffed by advocates with a broad vision of public defense work, The Bronx Defenders views clients not as "cases," but as whole people: caring parents, hard workers, recent immigrants, native New Yorkers, and students with hope for the future. Our staff of attorneys, social workers, investigators, administrative support, and community organizers is committed to working with our clients, their families, and their communities to address the critical issues that circumscribe their lives. The Family Defense Practice at The Bronx Defenders represents parents accused of neglect or abuse in Bronx Family Court or as part of an investigation by ACS. Highbridge families can access their legal services through a referral from the storefront or a partner agency or by directly contacting The Bronx Defenders. Clients receive assistance with their Family Court case in addition to having access to a team of social workers, parent advocates, civil attorneys who focus on immigration, housing and benefits issues, and criminal defense attorneys. As part of the BridgeBuilders Collaborative, The Bronx Defenders is also staffing a designated Court Part in Bronx Family Court so that one judge hears all cases from the Highbridge neighborhood.
The Bronx Defenders provide free legal representation for families in Family Court, or even before the family court process starts. A family, with an ACS case, could come to the Bridge builders Storefront, and get connected to the Bronx Defenders. A holistic model is used that automatically puts families in contact with other legal services on the civil or criminal level. The family is given an Attorney, a Social Worker, and a Parent Advocate, who are all trained in legal issues with Child Welfare. In Highbridge, through the collaborative, all Family Court cases are now seen by one Judge, who will have a better understanding of the issues of this community. An older Bridge Builder program that is no longer in existence was the Parent Liaison Institute, which trained parents to be legal advocates.

Bronx Kinship Care Coalition
Child Welfare Organizing Project (CWOP)

The Child Welfare Organizing Project (CWOP) is a parent / professional partnership dedicated to public child welfare reform in New York City through increased, meaningful parent involvement in service and policy planning. Founded in 1994 with a grant from the Child Welfare Fund to the Hunter College School of Social Work, CWOP’s early research led to the conclusion that clients, particularly biological parents, had practically no voice in NYC’s public child welfare system.

Today, parents who have had direct, personal experience with the system

  • Have formed an active Parent Advisory Work Group to the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)
  • Work as peer advocates in over twenty foster care, preventive, and legal services organizations
  • Were instrumental in passing City Council legislation creating a Parent Advocate Advisory Committee to the ACS Commissioner
  • Guest lecture at virtually every area school of law and social work, and develop training curricula for the public and voluntary sector child welfare workforce
  • Have created and successfully delivered seven annual cycles of a peer-led Parent Leadership Curriculum. Over half of the Curriculum’s graduates have secured employment as Parent Advocates. Over 70% of those who had a child in foster care when they entered the Curriculum had reunited their family by the time they graduated six to eight months later.
  • Helped instigate and inform a NYC Criminal Justice Coordinator’s Request for Proposals for interdisciplinary providers of legal services that seems destined to revolutionize the nature and quality of representation and due process available to low-income parents responding to child maltreatment allegations in Family Court.
  • Write for and publish their own newsletter and magazine, and work actively with the media to challenge the racist stereotypes of ACS-involved families that depreciate service quality.
  • Are working with the ACS Division of Research and Evaluation to create family interview instruments for use in performance evaluation of ACS Preventive Service and Foster Care contractors.

Within the same time period, NYC’s foster care population, and involuntary removals of children from their families declined by close to 50%. Referrals for preventive services increased by 25% between 1999 and 2003, and the leadership of ACS has made neighborhood based family support and preservation services central to ongoing system reform efforts. In a defining moment for CWOP, at our 10th anniversary celebration in June 2004, departing ACS Commissioner William Bell publicly announced: “this system has fundamentally changed over the last several years…because you have forced us to change.”

CWOP, with a staff and Board consisting largely of ACS-involved parents, has contributed significantly to this transformation through a wide range of evolving, constituent-driven activities and strategies including:

  • Parent education and organizing
  • Facilitating parent dialogue with child welfare policy-makers and parent participation in professional education
  • Helping parents write for publication and work with the media
  • Ongoing development of a peer-led parent leadership curriculum orienting clients to their rights and responsibilities within the child welfare system, and preparing them to serve as uniquely qualified policy analysts.

CWOP has offices in East Harlem, Highbridge, and Bedford Stuyvesant, and our programs have become subjects of study and replication on a national scale. The Main office is the East Harlem office located at 80 East 110th Street, 1E
New York, NY 10029 (212) 348 3000

Children's Aid Soceity
Children's Village

Children's Village's mission is to work in partnership with families to help society’s most vulnerable children so that they become educationally proficient, economically productive, and socially responsible members of their communities.
Children's Village provides foster care services, supportive services for youth aging out of foster care, and after-care services.

Councilwoman Helen Diane Foster
Dominican Sisters
Good Shepherd Services

The mission of Good Shepherd Services is to lead in the development of innovative programs that ensure a more promising future for our program participants. To advocate zealously for principles necessary to empower those with whom we work. To provide quality service to individuals consistent with their dignity and to communities consistent with their needs.
Services include: foster care services, counseling and family support, early childhood services, in school and after school programs, collaborative schools/GED programs, and college support.

Graham Windham
Henry Street Settlement House
Highbridge Community Life Center

Highbridge Community Life Center provides a wide range of free educational and social services for the community. It's mission is to empower the people of Highbridge through: counseling for families and children, adult basic education, job training, after school activities for youth, community improvement, and organizing.

Highbridge Library
Hon. Joel Rivera
Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA)

The mission of the Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA) is to meet the child welfare and mental health needs of all children and their families in the New York metropolitan area. At the same time, we are committed to providing services to Jewish children and their families in support of Jewish continuity. Our highly trained, dedicated staff works collaboratively with families to build on their strengths, preserve the family when possible, and help create new families when necessary, so that all children may thrive by having a sense of family, culture, and community. Key services include Foster Care Servies, adoption services

Jose Serrano
Leake and Watts
Legal Services of New York (LSNY)

Legal Services of New York (LSNY) provides free high quality legal help in civil matters to low-income people throughout New York City. LSNY's core practice areas are Family, Housing, Benefits, Consumer, and Education law.

Mental Health Association of the Southern and Northern Bronx
Mercy Center
New York Foundling

The New York Foundling – in the tradition of openness and compassion of its sponsors, the Sisters of Charity – helps children, youth and adults in need through advocacy and through preventive and in-care services that strengthen families and communities and help each individual reach his or her potential. The Foundling’s diverse network of programs works interactively to provide care for families with multiple social, economic, medical, and psychological needs. Our broad continuum of care includes:

  • Community-based family services
  • Enriching after-school activities for youth in low-income neighborhoods
  • Services for teen parents
  • Early education and day care
  • Family crisis services, including a Parent Helpline and a safe haven for children
  • Foster care, adoption and trauma specific treatment to abused and neglected children
  • Services for people with disabilities
Odessey House
PS 11-- Highbridge School

Public Elementary School
Grades: Kindergarten through 4th Grade

PS 126- Dr. Marjorie H. Dunbar School

Public Elementary School
Grades: Pre-k through 6

PS 73

Public Elementary School
Grades: Pre-k through 5

Safe Horizon
Sauti Yetu
Sharon Baptist Daycare Center
St. Dominic's
Success Counseling Services, INC

Success Counseling Services, Inc. beleives that addiction to alcohol and other drugs is a disease and, as such, can be interrupted and arrested through effective treatment and excellent comprehensive support services. SCS provides outpatient substance abuse counceling.

Supportive Children's Advocacy Network (SCAN)

"Yes, I Can!" is the theme of SCAN because it truly personifies the spirit of SCAN. SCAN's mission is to inspire all SCAN children, parents and families to believe in themselves to "Reach for the Stars" despite the real struggle and courage necessary to stretch beyond one's limitations. SCAN provides: family/individual therapy, family planning, parenting education, emergency food/clothing, and sexual abuse treatment.

The "Storefront"

The "Storefront" is a unique community space that is home to a number of programs and organizations. It is a Child Welfare Hub, a place where community members can get help and support for child welfare issues, as well as other issues like housing, public assistance, legal, domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health, anger management, parenting classes, and other services. It is home to Highbridge Community Life Ctr., CWOP, and the Family Support Program, as well as other programs and organizations related but not necessarily part of the Bridge Builders/CPI project, such as a Homeless Services program, and the United Parents of Highbridge.

VIP Community Services
Woodycrest Center for Human Development, Inc. (WCHD)

Woodycrest Center for Human Development Inc. offers Out of School Time (OST) afterschool and summer programs at two locations in the Highbridge Community: P.S. 126, located at 177 W 166th Street, (718) 538-4708, and P.S. 73, 1020 Anderson Ave, (718) 293-3198.

Woodycrest Center at P.S. 126 offers a Parent Support Services Program which includes the Parenting Journey Program, parenting classes (twice a week), Parent Support Groups and resources & referrals from the Dr. Marjorie H. Dunbar Family Welcome Center.

At the main office, 153 W. 165th Street, Woodycrest Center offers a Youth Leadership Council, Summer Youth Employment Program, as well as resources and referrals. For more information call (718) 992-4256 (or 4257).

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