When families are stable, children are stable. For that reason, improving home life is a large part of The Children’s Aid Society’s mission.
We do this through programs that ensure children have a place to live, that the home is free from violence and that children are given the basic care they need even when their parents are unable to provide it.
Transitional housing and associated services are available for families living in the three buildings of our Carmel Hill Project.
Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention Programs
Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention Programs provide counseling and advocacy for survivors and child witnesses of abuse as well as intervention for abusive partners. In situations where violence is ongoing, Children’s Aid case managers help victims access the housing, financial assistance, orders of protection and other services they need to keep themselves and their children safe.
Homemaker Services, one of Children’s Aid’s oldest programs, provides the services needed to keep children in their homes and out of foster care. These include meal preparation, childcare, bringing children to school and housekeeping.
Most families served by these programs are referred through the New York City Administration for Children’s Services.
New York Times Neediest Cases Fund
Additional emergency assistance can be provided to families through the New York Times Neediest Cases Fund.
Preventive Services provides family counseling and case management services to help keep children out of foster care and in their homes where they belong. Located in Manhattan and the Bronx, our well-trained social workers provide comprehensive home-based services to strengthen family functioning and reduce the factors that place children at risk.
Intensive Preventative Services
CAS began using FFT in a child welfare context in 2006 when we were awarded a contract to offer FFT in the Intensive Preventive and Aftercare Program (IPAC) on Staten Island. Based on the success of the Staten Island program, ACS asked CAS to take over the Bronx FFT Intensive Preventive program in 2009. CAS further expanded its use of FFT in 2010, with the award for the Family Assessment Program Intervention Level 2 contract. At this time, CAS was also awarded a FAP contract to deliver a second evidence based program model – Multi-dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT). In 2013, CAS was awarded a contract for two new Intensive Family Preventive Services Teams (IFPS/FFT), an FFT team which facilitates the return of teens from Non Secure Placement facilities to their families in three boroughs, and an MST CAN program in Manhattan. Our successful expansion of FFT and addition of a third evidence-based model of practice is evidenced by high 81%-96% rates of youth who remain with their families and out of placement, and 85%-88% rates of youth who remain in school or are working. We have also achieved 70%-83% rates of no new arrests among youth, which, for this population, is notable.