The Children's Aid Society Hosts Grand Opening of New Bronx Headquarters for Health Services, Foster Care

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State-of-the-Art Facility to Serve as Medical Home for Children in Bronx Programs

March 7, 2013

The Children’s Aid Society today announced that it will hold a grand opening for its new 40,000 square foot Bronx headquarters on Wednesday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The new site, located at 910 East 172nd Street, features a state-of-the-art health center that will provide more than 15,000 visits per year to an estimated 4,000 children, nearly doubling the capacity of the organization’s current medical, dental and mental health services in the South Bronx.

The new site will accommodate health care referrals from all Children’s Aid programs in the South Bronx, and will provide comprehensive health and social services for children and adolescents from foster care programs at Children’s Aid. Enrollment counselors will also be onsite to connect children and their families to the New York State-sponsored public health insurance system.

“Integrating our primary health care and child welfare services under one roof is essential to serving Bronx families and some of New York City’s most vulnerable children,” said Children’s Aid President and CEO Richard Buery. “We know that children in poverty and those in foster care have complicated health and social needs, and that coordinating service delivery will lead to better lifelong outcomes for the children in our care.”

The new headquarters will also house a medical foster care program for children with chronic medical conditions and severe disabilities who cannot be cared for by their parents. The program, pioneered by Children’s Aid and other providers in the late 1980s to support infants born to crack-addicted mothers, places medically fragile children in nurturing foster homes while on the path back to their families or adoption.

The project was financed in part by Primary Care Development Corporation, a nonprofit lender that provided a $7 million loan through its New Markets Loan Program. The program offers below-market, long-term fixed rate loans to expand primary care in low-income communities.

Over the last 12 years, Children’s Aid has built a network of coordinated services for underserved children and families in targeted South Bronx neighborhoods, where poverty and unemployment rates are high, college graduation rates are under 10 percent and health indicators—obesity,  teen births, and access to care and insurance—rank among the worst in the country.

In 2000, Children’s Aid opened the Bronx Family Center—providing foster care services and preventive care aimed at keeping families together—and in 2002 a full-service community school brought much needed health and mental health services, after-school enrichment and parent engagement programs to Community School 61.

Today, the organization serves children and families through nearly a dozen Bronx locations, including four community schools, a center for disconnected youth, and nutrition, pregnancy prevention and leadership training programs at partner schools. In addition, Children’s Aid College Prep, the agency’s first charter school, opened in August 2012 with a mission to serve children who are English language learners, at risk of academic failure or currently involved in the child welfare system.

“As we focus on our goal of creating a cradle through college pathway for vulnerable children in the South Bronx, we open this center in recognition of the vital role that health and parent engagement play in student success,” said Maria Burgos, director of the Bronx Family Center. “We look forward to partnering with the community to reverse negative health trends and build healthier lives for the next generation.”

 

About The Children’s Aid Society
The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City. Our mission is to help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call Anthony Ramos at (212) 949-4938/ (917) 204-8214, email anthonyr@childrensaidsociety.org or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.