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edwin gould services
for children and families
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table of contents
Message From the Board President and Executive Director
10 11 13 14 15 Permanency Services
Placement Services
Placement Services Success Story: A Child’s Journey
Foster Care/Adoption
Adoption Story: Maria Toccogna
Family Solutions Aftercare Program
Office of Youth Development and Aftercare Services
Never Give Up: Fatima Reid Story
Education Committee
Education Committee Success Story: A Teen’s Story
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Foster Parent Support, Training and Recruitment Reinvestment
Initiative Program
Supervised Independent Living Program (SILP)
Health/Mental Health Services
Preventive Services
United Families
Incarcerated Mother’s Program
26 27 Services Training Education Prevention and Self Help
STEPS (Services Training Education Prevention & Self-Help)
to End Family Violence
Children’s Therapy Program Success Story: Cassie
Agency of Choice: Rosa Santiago
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Developmental Disabilities Services
The Presidential Award
Fund Development
Financial Statement
Governing Body
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message from the president
and executive director
In addition to our donors and supporters, these
improvements were made possible by the
following New York City Children’s Services and
New York State Office of Mental Retardation and
Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) initiatives:
Reinvestment for Children and Adolescents;
Improved Outcomes for Children, Adolescents
and Families; Recruitment, Retention and
Training of Foster Parents; Extraordinary
Care Giver Training Program and Health Care
Enhancement III. The New York City Children’s
Services initiatives provided an infrastructure
to respond to the challenges of New York City’s
vulnerable population in terms of reducing the
length of stay in foster care, minimizing lateral
moves of children from foster home to another
foster home and reducing the use of residential
services in order to place children in familylike services. The OMRDD projects resulted
in additional training opportunities for staff,
improved staff retention and decreased health
care costs for our OMRDD employees.
Although we have been successful and enhanced
our programs, a culture change is required
to address the outcomes and time centered
services, a change that says time and time again
that for our children, one day in foster care away
from their families is one day too many, and one
more move is one move too traumatic for our
children and adolescents.
There is a disparity in the foster care services
between the current culture of performance
and the desired culture of time centered
performance. To address this gap, this year we
completed our strategic plan for the years 2008
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to 2011, including a Vision Statement of being an
“Agency of Choice” and a “Reliable Partner” to
our service population, Board, staff, and funding
sources. Our strategy is based on a time centered,
child/family service delivery system that goes
beyond what the funding sources require for our
children, adolescents and families, and includes
a number of non-financial indicators such as
employee client and foster parents satisfaction
surveys. As we plan to implement the New York
City Children’s Services initiatives for the next 10
years, we hope that the non-financial indicators
will provide information about the major trends
and issues that are likely to affect the future
service development and environmental factors
such as the agency’s employees, clients and
community involvement.
We continue along our path of organic growth
of services with approval to implement another
Developmental Disabilities Program (IRA),
and provide Medicaid Service Coordination
Services (MSC). The year 2008 will be exciting and
challenging as we compete for New York City
Children’s Services initiatives to be implemented
in July, 2009, and we plan for our relocation from
Rector Street to a location that will address the
growing needs of our clients, staff and funding
sources. Edwin Gould is repositioning for the
future, by building on its past, enhancing the
present and working diligently to provide
quality services to the children and families.
To our clients and funding sources, we make
a commitment to maintain an environment
which fosters time centered performance and
Again, we express our gratitude to our Board
members, staff, foster parents, funding
sources and donors, for their past, present and
continued support of our children, adolescents
and families.
Jean L. Schmidt
placement services
Formed in October, 2002, the Placement Services
Department combines the services of the Home
Finding and Intake Units. The Home Finding Unit is
responsible for the recruitment of prospective foster
homes. This Unit also provides licenses to new foster
homes and annually re-certifies licensed homes
once they have met all of ACS’ mandated safety
requirements. The Intake Unit manages all cases that
ACS refers to the Agency for foster home placement.
Placement Services maintained an “Excellent”
rating on the 2007 EQUIP, which is indicative of the
departments overall pursuit for excellence in all
areas of performance. We are committed to being a
“Reliable Partner” to all that we serve. This is of great
importance because as one of the nine agencies
chosen to participate in the Improved Outcomes
for Children (IOC) pilot program, the services that
we provide are being monitored on a daily basis.
Therefore, the measures that we have utilized in the
past to ensure our “Excellent” rating will serve us well
as we are monitored by ACS.
The Placement Services Department continues to
maintain a commitment to provide quality, reliable
services to the vast number of families that we serve
in several community districts. We are aggressively
looking to recruit potential homes for placement in
Brooklyn’s Community District’s #3 and #8 – Bedford
Stuyvesant and North Crown Heights, respectively.
We do this by developing support networks within
the Community Partnership Initiative (CPI) which
is a collaboration of child care agencies in those
neighborhoods. In addition, we have developed
several linkages with service providers in these
communities. The expectation is that we will expand
our community linkages and increase services that
we provide to EGSCF families by joining CPIs in East
Harlem, Lower East Side, Brooklyn, and in the very
near future the Bronx.
At this time, the Placement Services Department is
challenged to find better methods of monitoring
its foster homes for compliance and safety on a
continuous basis.
Edwin Gould Services For Children and Families
has undergone significant changes during the
last six years. There have been tremendous
improvements in terms of the infrastructure and
outcomes for our children, adolescents, families
and consumers. In addition, we were selected as
one of 9 agencies from among 30 to participate
in the New York City Children’s Services pilot
program called Improved Outcomes for
Children (IOC). To the Board of Directors, senior
management, staff, foster parents, donors and
all supporters who have contributed to these
successes, we say “thank you.”
Aubrey Featherstone
Executive Director
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a child’s journery
Hello, my name is TB and I am a foster child in care at Edwin Gould Services. Since the
age of 6, I have lived in and out of the foster care system. I admit that, over time, moving
from one home to another has made me bitter. I have always imagined what it would be
like to have a normal childhood and live solely with my parents. After a while, I realized
that was just a dream and would never be my reality.
I was once a child who was failing in school and at life itself. Currently, I am a straight A
student with a 3.7 grade point average (GPA). I am also a member of the National Honor
Society and a Teen Mentor at EGSCF. Now that I have plans to go to college, I am working towards reaching the goals that will get me there, and I have never felt better in my
entire life.
I am truly blessed. I have a wonderful relationship with my Birth Mother and I have two
caring Foster Parents that I can rely on at all times. Often foster care experiences are
associated with failure, so I am proud to share my success story.
foster care/adoption services
The Permanency Services Department currently
provides foster care and adoptive services to 514
children. 438 children and their birth/resource
parents are receiving foster care services. 76
children and their pre-adoptive parents are
currently receiving adoption services. The goal of
the Permanency Services Department is to ensure
that no child will leave our care without the needed
social services and resources that will support
family reunification or adoption (permanency),
as expeditiously as possible, while remaining
consistent with the governing legislative and
regulatory policies.
EGSCF is one of nine child care providers that have
been chosen to participate in the New York City
Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) funded
pilot program, Improving Outcomes for Children
The mission of the Foster Care and Adoption Units is to ensure the safety and well-being of all children
we serve by providing a network of support, inclusive of community and family members, to empower
birth parents to successfully reunify their families and to reduce the length of time that their children
spend in foster care.
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(IOC). In order to fulfill the mandated goals of the
IOC, the Agency has devised a comprehensive plan
which will enable us to improve our adoption
and reunification rate, reduce the number of
placements into residential care and reduce the
number of residential care days once a child is
placed in a facility.
Permanency Services caseworkers utilize the
Ann E. Casey Foundation, Family to Family foster
care model in the birth families’ reunification
building process. Under this model, foster parents
are recognized as “team” members and, when
possible, family visits are held in the foster or
birth parents’ community. If the family team
relationship is positive, family visits at the foster
home are strongly encouraged.
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About a year ago, I was placed in the home and care of two loving foster parents who
accepted me as their own. At first, I was resistant to their love and hard to deal with because I thought they would be like all the others who had let me down. However, they
were persistent and never gave up on me. Once I saw that they were truly genuine and
really cared for me, I slowly started to open up and became receptive to their love. I no
longer wanted to be bitter and cold towards people. They taught me to forgive all of
those who had deceived me.
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Children served by the Bronx Unit
Children served by the Adoption Unit
Children served by the Kinship Unit
Total Children in Permanency Services Department514
Young Adults attending college in 2007
Adoptions achieved in 2006
Adolescents adopted in 200612
Foster parents providing care to our children385
Foster Care
Family visits with children in care
The Permanency Services Department realizes the
need for birth and resource families to conveniently
access community-based providers and services.
As a result, EGSCF has joined the Community
Partnership Initiative (CPI) Coalitions in East Harlem
and Brooklyn. This partnership has afforded EGSCF
clients the opportunity to locate community-based
foster care and adoption services and, to have
family visits in nontraditional venues within their
respective communities.
Link families with community based service providers
Crisis Intervention
Educational consultation
Recreational activities
Family Reunification counseling
Family Preservation counseling for children at risk of re-entry
Referral to post adoption services
Referrals to Counsel on Adoptable Children
In our continuing quest to provide children with
safe, loving and permanent families, it is the
EGSCF’s privilege to feature Ms. Maria Taccogna as
a parent that has really made a difference and is a
true “Reliable Partner”.
One day, while at work, Ms. Taccogna, a Family
Court American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter,
encountered a profoundly deaf and barely verbal
little boy named Orlando. As she tells the story today, “I felt an instant connection to Orlando.” That
connection and her desire to help him prompted
Ms. Toccogna to approach the agency that Orlando was placed with at that time, and inquire of
the services that he was receiving. It was realized
that no foster parent within that particular agency
had the ability or expertise to communicate with
him. Ms. Toccogna, who at that time was an EGSCF
foster parent, reasoned that given the child’s deficiencies and her experience as an educator for the
deaf that she was a logical choice to address his
special needs. After a case review, the agency and
Orlando’s Law Guardian agreed. In June, 1999,
all parties involved collaborated to successfully
petition the Judge overseeing the case to place
Orlando in the care of EGSCF. The Judge concurred
and Orlando became an integral part of Ms. Taccogna’s home and life.
Under the tutelage of Ms. Taccogna, Orlando
gained proficiency in ASL and progressed in school
without any academic difficulties. His behavior
however presented challenges for both Ms. Taccogna and school authorities. In addition to being
deaf, Orlando was diagnosed with having attention deficit hyperactive disorder, oppositional de-
fiant disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Despite these revelations, Maria Taccogna devoted
herself to make a difference in Orlando’s life. As
a result, she began to teach Orlando to view his
disabilities not as handicaps, but as gifts through
which he could excel in other areas. Soon, her positive attitude and perseverance began to bear fruit.
Orlando showed a natural aptitude for sports. He
rapidly became an active member on various sport
teams and trophies began to appear in the home.
Before long, Orlando was highlighted in the neighborhood newspapers, the Home Reporter and Spectator. Today, nearly the entire wall of the family’s
living room bears testament to Orlando’s ability in
baseball, basketball, soccer and bowling.
Orlando graduated from Saint Joseph’s Elementary
School for the Deaf in June, 2007. Shortly before his
graduation, one of the goals that both he and Ms.
Taccogna had been working towards for nine years
was finally realized. The adoption of Orlando by
Ms. Taccogna was finalized on August 28, 2007.
After many challenges, Orlando and Ms. Taccogna,
are now a happy family. He commenced the 9th
grade in September, 2007, at the Walden School
Learning Center for Deaf Children in Framingham,
Massachusetts. Ms. Toccogna reports that teachers
constantly compliment Orlando’s academic performance and socialization skills, which they have
found to be well ahead of many of his peers.
On December 25, 2007, Ms. Toccagna and Orlando
were the featured story, “Christmas Day Gift”, on
the Brooklyn-based News Channel Twelve network.
The EGSCF Permanency staff has also collaborated
with the “You Gotta Believe” organization to match
children over the age of 13 with prospective foster
and adoptive parents. In addition, staff has actively
participated at the following community events
throughout the year: “Wednesday’s Child” Adoption
Campaign, ACS’ Adoption Exchange, and the NYC
Adoption Fair.
Court representation for all children we serve
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Children served by the East Harlem community
based site101
Children served by the Brooklyn Community
based site131
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family solutions aftercare program
Edwin Gould continues to demonstrate its responsiveness
to serving the children and families in need in New
York City. Among the wide array of services the Agency
provides, is Aftercare for recently re-united families.
Aftercare Services are administered through the
Family Solutions Aftercare Program (FSAP) which was
certified for renewed funding in Fiscal Year 2008. The
program’s goals are to expedite discharges from care,
provide therapeutic and financial supports, and reduce
recidivism of entry into care. To maximize achievement
of these goals, families receive both therapeutic
and financial support in the pre-discharge and immediate
post-discharge periods. These supports are critical to
realizing the over-arching goal of family permanency.
and a Housing Advocate – expediting housing services
through ACS Housing Subsidy Program and HRA public
assistance centers. The unit also focuses on children
missing from care and has a designated worker – missing
child (AWOL) specialist.
FSAP Support Groups: The unit engages parents in
two main group sessions: 1) the general natural parents
support group; and 2) the Fathers Support Network.
Generally, support groups meet once per month where
parents are introduced to various topics related to family
reunification and maintenance. Topics include: domestic
violence awareness, child endangerment awareness,
employment readiness, housing search and maintenance
and substance abuse awareness. The support groups have
also met for dinner at fine restaurants and even enjoyed
a theater night-out together. Additionally, 12 members
of the general natural parents support group completed
a 3-part Employment Readiness training and received
certificates for 100% completion.
FSAP Commitments: From its inception in October
2005, to date, the unit has provided services for 91
families spanning 162 children and youth. It is currently
serving 27 families with 42 children. Services provided
include home-making, day care, therapy and counseling;
substance abuse awareness and detoxification support;
anger management, budget counseling and household
In summary, the FSAP is committed to providing children,
adolescents and families with all supports necessary
for them to enjoy life as a reunited family, and become
functional and stable in their communities.
Over the years, research has found that the
majority of youth that remain in the foster care
system until they reach the maximum age of 21,
either end up in homeless shelters or in prison.
As a result, the Office of Youth Development and
Adolescent Services (OYDAS) Unit has focused
its efforts on increasing the number of youth
discharged prior to their twenty-first birth date
utilizing the Preparing Youth for Adulthood
(PYA) initiative, which is an ACS-approved model
of service that is based on the achievement of
academic/vocational competence; job readiness,
acquisition and maintenance; and access to stable,
safe and secure housing for transitioning youth.
Life Skills Trainings (LST) are designed to enhance
services to the youth in education, employment,
housing, drug awareness, legal rights, personal
care & hygiene, and a variety of independent living
skills by nurturing their hopes and aspirations,
addressing their needs, and helping them
understand the importance of self-advocacy as
a preparation tool for graduation to adulthood.
The OYDAS also promotes social and cultural
development among youth through a series of
recreational trips and programs, historical reviews
and specific cultural observations.
Housing is the most important discharge
asset for youth transitioning to adulthood and
independence. Through Life Skills Trainings and
role play workshops, the OYDAS ensures that
all transitioning youth have developed competencies in: housing searches; the ability to
identify safe, adequate and habitable apartments;
understanding their rights as a tenant and the
landlord’s obligations; and how to process legal
grievances against a landlord.
Employment is a critical requirement to our youth
18 years old and over. Therefore, in addition to
conducting weekly LST Employment workshops
that teach job-readiness skills and the importance
of being gainfully employed, the OYDAS recently
hired a Job Coach to build relationships with major
employers and create an in-house employment
referral system that will be accessible to youth
seeking job opportunities. Additionally, the
OYDAS continues to maintain relationships with
community-based agencies that provide job
preparation and on-the-job training opportunities
for youth.
Family Solutions Aftercare Program, emphasizing
intense natural-family engagement, now reflects an
enhanced outreach staff as a result of resources from the
Improved Outcome for Children pilot program. In addition
to its original resource team of 1 Supervisor, 2 Case
Planners, a Community Resource Liaison and 1 Parent
Advocate, it now has a second Parent Advocate, a third
Case Planner, a Recovery Coach – engaging families in
which substance abuse gave rise to the in-care situation;
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In response to the PYA initiative mandate to
assist youth that are disconnected from the
educational process to return to school or draft
an alternative educational plan, the OYDAS
recently implemented the Intensive Educational
Intervention (IEI) Initiative. This incentive plan
rewards participating youth who agree to return
to school and pursue either their high school or
General Equivalency Diploma (GED) with stipends
and monetary incentives. To date, 7 youth have
opted to participate in this program.
Additionally, the Agency has an aggressive
tutorial/remedial program that is administered
through TestQuest, Inc.; an educational provider
specializing in at-home based tutoring, academic
and vocational programming, as well as assessment
services to students of all ages who could benefit
from extra support.
• Supervised a college population of 32 youth
• Secured twenty Section 8 Vouchers
• Obtained 3 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
apartments for youth
• Acquired employment opportunities for 33 youth
• Increased the number of Youth in a mentoring
relationship from 12 to 15
• Youth contacts rose from 41 to 66 per month
• Held 72 Life Skills Training Sessions
• Higher Education Exploration & Planning
• Career & Employment Readiness
• Housing Advocacy
• Life Skills Development
never give up
• Recreation – dinners, trips, movies
• Mentoring Coordination
• Human Sexuality
• Family Planning
I can remember vividly the day the Borough of Child Welfare (BCW) came to take my two brothers and
me away from our mother. It was as if everything was going in slow motion, the pain, the agony, and the
tears. For years that traumatic memory replayed in my mind. From then on things, mentally and emotionally, began to change. I became frantic with anger and frustration. This made it hard for people to
communicate with me.
My name is Fatima Reid and like a majority of kids that come to Edwin Gould I am a “foster child”. I’ve
been in care from the age of six and since that time I’ve been living as a vagabond. I began to move from
home to home searching for that loving family that’s waiting to adopt me. The detrimental effects of being taken from my mother started to show through my grades in elementary school. I began scoring D’s
and below on my report card and having that “I don’t care attitude.” My older brother, on the other hand,
was the paragon when it came to good grades. His grades were always exceptionally high and he always
got the attention that I longed for. I decided that I was going to follow his example. I began to practice
paying attention in class and staying to myself.
As time passed I noticed I was doing exceptionally well. My writing and vocabulary skills began to improve. My Grade Point Average (GPA) has been over 3.5 since I made the decision to do better. As a result,
I’ve received numerous achievement awards and Honor Roll mentions. Then I began to receive honors
from my junior high teachers and Edwin Gould staff. I was even honored by President George W. Bush because of my good grades. My brother is an inspiration to my grades and that’s the truth. Seeing him deal
with our “situation” and not giving up gave me the strength to believe that I could do it too.
All I needed now was a family and on October 17, 2006, EGSCF found the Green Family, a home that was
willing to put up with me, love me, and treat me like their own. For that I thank the staff at Edwin Gould
for never giving up on me.
Going forward, the OYDAS Unit will take steps to
strengthen its role as a “Reliable Partner” to our
youth and resource/birth parents by enhancing
the array of comprehensive programs and services
that are offered in communities throughout
New York City. It is our belief that by equipping
children and adolescents with the necessary “life
skills” and providing unconditional support to
our birth and resource families, the OYDAS will
guarantee positive programmatic outcomes,
ensure performance goals and be instrumental
in solidifying EGSCF’s position as the “Agency of
Choice” in the child care community.
commitments: IN FY 2007 THE OYDAS:
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Education exploration, planning and achievement
are the centerpiece of EGSCF’s youth development
model. Throughout the school year, the OYDAS
works in partnership with the Agency’s two
“Education Champions” to conduct educational
reviews for children with educational challenges
and develop intervention plans. Each child is
assigned to an Educational consultant and a Youth
Developmental Specialist. This year, the Education
Review Team helped guide 18 youth to graduate
from high school. Of these, 14 are currently enrolled,
or plan to matriculate to a college/vocational
school by January, 2008.
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The Educational Advocates work with the
Department of Education and other organizations,
both public and private, to ensure that our youth
receive the services to which they are entitled.
Caseworkers and parents also regularly seek the
Advocates’ assistance when time constraints or
scheduling limitations prevent them from devoting
the time needed to navigate the educational and
organizational bureaucracies on behalf of youth.
Educational Advocates /Champions seek to inspire,
challenge, guide and encourage youth to take
charge of their educational future, to aim higher, try
harder and see the expanding vista of educational
and career possibilities for those willing to accept
the challenge. Career interests and continuing
education are part of every conversation with
Advocates work with Crisis Intervention Specialists,
Substance Abuse Personnel, a Youth Development
Specialist, Educational/ Vocational Personnel and
Parent Advocates to resolve the life problems that
may intrude on our youths’ focus on education.
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The Educational Advocates meet with Agency
youth, at an Educational Review where youth
are encouraged to accept Responsibility for
their academic performance and to set short and
long term goals. Parents and caseworkers are
asked to Reinforce those goals by supporting
and encouraging the youth. Positive feedback as
a Reward is an important final step in the review
a teen’s story
These three concepts inform the practice
and form the basis of the Three R’s of Edwin
Gould’s Educational Philosophy: RESPONSIBILITY,
My name is EC and I am an 18 year old youth in the New York City foster care system. I first came into care
at the age of 14, and since then my life has taken a drastic turn. I was exposed to things that I had never
seen or experienced. I was considered a �problem child’. Like most of the children in foster care I wanted
to do the right thing, but unfortunately I had no guidance. Youth without guidance usually get lost, and
I was no exception.
As the Educational Committee looks toward the
future, new initiatives are being implemented
aimed at youth who are �at risk’ of �dropping out’,
or becoming otherwise �disconnected’ from the
educational process. To that end, a special team
has been created; the Intensive Educational
Intervention Team (IEIT), whose charge is to reengage this population in the educational process
through intensive outreach and incentives.
Preliminary results show promise and program
modifications are being revised to include
additional youth.
I began using drugs and eventually was arrested. I thought my life would never change. Fortunately, I was
accepted into a home filled with love and guidance. Currently, I am on my way to success. I am enrolled
in a GED program in which I am doing exceptionally well and have an excellent attendance rate. To help
me overcome my drug-dependency habit, I am also enrolled in a 60 day in-patient program at the Arms
Acres Rehabilitation Program. Adjusting to the rigors of this program was difficult at first, but with the
assistance of the Intensive Educational Intervention (IEI) Team, my foster family and the Edwin Gould
Services employees, I have overcome the obstacles.
I finally see light at the end of the tunnel. I am now a Teen Mentor and a Youth Advocate for Edwin Gould
Services. I plan to go to college by spring or fall, 2008. With such a great team supporting me by advocating for services and accessing programs beneficial to my well-being and educational success, I have been
able to make many positive changes in my life.
The Educational Committee desires to be, as
described by the Executive Director, a part of the
team of �Reliable Partners’ to all Agency youth as
we strive to help them maximize their educational
potential for a successful adulthood.
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The Educational Committee of Edwin Gould
continues its’ drive to prepare our youth for a
successful adulthood. The Committee now has
two Educational Advocates who work with youth,
parents, and Agency professionals to direct our
youth toward the educational and vocational
opportunities that will ensure a successful future.
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relationships between birth and resource families.
The Crisis Intervention Unit consists of: a Program
Director, Clinical Social Work Supervisor, Substance
Abuse Specialist, Foster Parent Advocates, Educational
Consultants and Teen and Foster Parent Mentors.
Edwin Gould recognizes that all families have
challenging issues to manage within their individual
households. We understand the importance of
maintaining attachments and minimizing disruptions
in the life of a child and a family. These issues
often transcend from family of origin to family of
circumstance. Sometimes, despite the professional
and specialized efforts provided to families while in
foster care, there may be a need to move a child from
a foster care setting to another or a higher level of
care; these moves are referred to as “step ups.” Under
the ACS Improved Outcomes for Children (IOC) model,
EGSCF’s objective is to reduce the number of “stepups” to six per year for the entire Agency and to limit
movements between foster homes to no more than
two per year, per child. This is the Federal standard.
Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families
(EGSCF) is grounded in a strong tradition and
commitment to providing families with the
most appropriate and comprehensive services
possible. The Foster Parent Support, Training and
Recruitment Reinvestment Initiative Program
services are designed to meet the needs of
the family, provide children with the best and
safest placement while in care, and expedite the
reunification process.
In April, 2006, ACS announced an $11.5 million
reinvestment initiative aimed at providing foster
When there has been an incident in a foster home
which triggers a “ten day request for removal”, or
there is an emergency in the foster home which
predisposes the family to the type of stress which has
historically jeopardized placements, the Case Planning
Unit completes a referral form and submits it to the
Crisis Intervention Program Clinical Supervisor. A case
conference is conducted between the Unit Supervisor
and the Specialist, who will receive the case, on the
same day that the referral is received. At this meeting
psychosocial stressors or any elements that may
have contributed to the development of the crisis are
identified. Based on the gathered information, the Unit
Supervisor will develop an appropriate plan of action.
In line with Edwin Gould’s commitment to providing
services to all families, there are additional services
in place to support youth and foster parents, while
minimizing placements and step ups:
Training Services: Since January 2007, more specialized
trainings have been offered to both EGSCF staff and
foster parents. On a monthly basis, general child
welfare and special needs training sessions are offered
to foster parents at the Brooklyn and East Harlem office
sites. An in-house training that is aimed at increasing
professional competency is offered to staff, in order
to maximize the potential for exceptional service
provision and support to the families. Also, EGSCF
staff attend various child care trainings offered by our
external funding sources throughout the year.
Edwin Gould is committed to its families. The Crisis
Intervention Unit, by managing an on call system
care agencies with new resources to facilitate
and strengthen support for foster parents. EGSCF
invested its portion, $428,000, to establish supports
aimed at stabilizing family-based placements
for all youth in care. Therefore, as of July 2006,
EGSCF implemented the Crisis Intervention and
Foster Parent Support Program. This program
is governed by a comprehensive protocol and
fluid process that aligns its programmatic goals
with that of the Permanency Services Unit and
Educational Consultants by providing specialized
services that focus on the educational aspects of
children and help to build supportive and healthy
Clinical reviews are extremely critical in assisting the
case planner to better understand the clinical needs
of children in care. Edwin Gould Services for Children
and Families has established a Clinical Review Team
to assess the need for “step-up” care. This review
team is comprised of one Director or Manager from
each Foster Boarding Home Unit. The team has been
meeting at least once a week since January, 2007 to
review cases referred by the units or selected by the
Crisis Intervention Director. After reviewing the case
history and status, specific recommendations are
decided by the Clinical Review Team. In many cases, the
recommendations have helped to minimize potential
“step-ups” for children. Since the clinical review team
began meeting, a total of over 26 clinical reviews have
been held.
through a centralized telephone number that is
rotated between the Crisis Intervention Specialists and
Supervisor, Foster Parent Advocates, Teen and Foster
Parent Mentors are also available on a 24-hour basis to
respond to concerns, questions or crises and provide
support to teenagers and foster parents. The Crisis
Intervention Unit also provides on-site and ongoing
crisis intervention and clinical support.
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foster parent support, training
and recruitment reinvestment
initiative program
mentorship and guidance to teenagers in foster
care. Their duties include contacting other teens to
encourage them to attend the group meetings. This
past year, teen mentors participated in the 2007
Annual Foster Parent Recognition Ceremony and the
Foster Parent-Teen Retreat.
Teen Support Groups: These community-based support
groups, which have been conducted in Brooklyn and East
Harlem since September 2006, are where teens in care can
come together to express their concerns and offer each
other peer support. Teens are encouraged to participate
in group recreational activities intended to increase their
socialization skills. Presently, approximately one hundred
sixty four teens have participated in the teen support
group meetings.
Foster Parent Mentors: Since February 2007, Foster Parent
Mentors have provided support, mentorship and guidance
to other resource parents. Currently, EGSCF employs three
part-time foster parent mentors who are each respectively
assigned to the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the
Bronx. The mentors are available on a 24-hour basis to
respond to and assist with foster parent concerns. A key
role of the mentor is to immediately contact and identify
any concerns a foster parent might have as soon as a new
child is placed in a resource home. These concerns are
immediately brought to the attention of the Foster Parent
advocates. Mentors also assist the Agency by recruiting
potential resource parents and appearing at community
events. They also attend and participate in the various
support groups.
In Fiscal Year 2007, ACS has continued to award
financial support to the Agency to maintain foster
parent supports, training, recruitment and retention.
Recently, the Crisis Intervention Support Department
implemented “Speakers Bureau”, that will enlist teens
and resource parents whose main function will be to
participate at the recruitment panels.
Total number of support groups held per month = 4
Total number of teens (14-21) = 204
Total number of teens who have attended Teen support groups
since July 2006 = 164
Total number of foster parents = 410
Total number of foster parents who have attended support
groups since July 2006 = 372
Total number of educational reviews since July 2006 = 206
Total number of in house trainings provided to foster parents
since January 2007 = 40
Total number of in house trainings provided to staff since July
2006 = 31
Number of cases referred to the crisis unit since December 2006
= 42
Number of clinical reviews held since January 2007 = 26
Total number of interventions/follow-ups provided by the
Foster Parent Advocates since December 2006 = 295
Total number of calls received on the crisis hotline to date=40
Teen Mentors: Established in February 2007, the Teen
Mentors have been instrumental in providing support,
Foster Parent Support Groups:
In April 2005, EGSCF formed support groups to retain and
provide assistance to foster parents. These groups meet
once monthly at the East Harlem and Brooklyn offices.
Occasional speakers/trainers are invited to conduct
trainings on various topics. This past spring an invited
Consultant, who is also a therapeutic foster/adoptive
parent who has successfully raised seven teenagers,
conducted a five-part training series, “Parenting
Teenagers.” EGSCF staff and resource parents also
participated in a five-part training series sponsored by the
“You Gotta Believe” organization, a recruitment agency
that focuses on placing adolescents for adoption. This was
deemed a very beneficial training by the resource parents
who attended and they requested to be provided with
more of these specific types of trainings in the future. To
date, over three hundred seventy two foster parents have
attended the foster parent support group meetings.
Educational Enhancement: Two part-time Educational
Consultants are on staff to promote academic
development, increase attendance, monitor behavior and
support the educational concerns/needs of foster parents,
youth and staff. One consultant is based at the Rector
Street office and another at the Brooklyn office. They are
responsible for conducting academic reviews, assisting
with the development of educational interventions and
creating support strategies for each child. Since July 2006,
the Consultants have completed a combined total of two
hundred six academic reviews and provided concrete
intervention plans to many youth.
Recruitment: Requesting that foster parents bring a
friend to monthly support group meetings or provide
referrals of friends and family member’s has become
the Agency’s most effective recruitment strategy.
Since summer, the Agency has held three recruitment
events, one in Brooklyn and two in Manhattan, which
focused on the recruitment of resource parents for
teens. These events provided an opportunity for
potential foster parents to hear a panel of teenagers
who openly discussed their experiences in foster
care, the challenges they face and the importance of
having permanency.
Crisis Intervention (family assessment of the crisis)
Short term counseling
On call 24-hour services
Advocacy for foster parents and youth
Drug assessment/referral for adolescents
Support for under care workers
Support groups for teens and foster parents
Recreational/special events for youth
Educational consultation/Reviews
Provision of training for staff/foster parents
Clinical case reviews
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permanency services
permanency services
health and mental services
The Health and Mental Health Services Department is committed to delivering quality health
and mental health services in a timely manner.
Our primary goal is that every child, adolescent or
client achieve their maximum health potential and
be emotionally prepared to meet life’s challenges.
the supervised independent
living program (silp)
In recent years, the greatest achievement for the
Health Services Department has been its ability
to provide wrap-around services at the point of
Intake. Typically, children who enter the foster
care system have more chronic medical conditions
than other children from the same economic
background. This is usually due to them receiving
intermittent or no health/mental health services
prior to entering foster care. A significant number
of these children tend to have a higher rate of
birth defects, emotional disorders and schoolrelated problems. Some of them have unmet or
unidentified medical problems.
The Supervised Independent Living Program (SILP) is a unique residential youth service program that
affords eligible foster care adolescents between the ages of 18 and 21 years of age the opportunity to
function semi-independently in an apartment, that can accommodate two youth of the same sex or
teen parents with one child, with minimum supervision, as they move towards the permanency goals
of independence and self-sufficiency. Most SILP apartments are conveniently located throughout North
Brooklyn, and are either within walking distance of, or accessible by public transportation to libraries,
churches, mosques, colleges, childcare and cultural centers.
• Recreational Planning – Helps youth understand
that leisure has a therapeutic value in that it
functions as a stress reliever and as a healthy
digression from everyday tasks.
• Case Planning – Allows for effective monitoring
of the case along with the youth’s contribution to
plan his/her own affairs.
Also, there is an overrepresentation of children
needing mental health services in the foster care
system. The types of mental health needs displayed
by children in foster care are complex. Diagnosis
is often difficult because of multiple risks and
traumatic experiences. These risks are further
complicated by the extreme uncertainty and stress
of the children being removed from their biological
families and placed in unfamiliar living situations.
Many children display disorders of attachment,
depression or anxiety. Foster children may be at an
increased risk for post-traumatic stress disorder
resulting from trauma, or may have self-regulation
disturbances involving difficulty adjusting their
own behavior to their emotional problems.
Prior to discharge from the SILP, a conference is
held where the youth is referred to the EGSCF
Aftercare Services Unit and provided with linkages
to community resources to ensure that continuing
supportive measures are in place to assist them to
successfully establish good personal lives, as they
transition from care to living independently.
Eligibility Requirements:
Presently the SILP Program provides residential
services to 23 youth: 4 young men, 8 single females,
and 5 mothers with 5 children.
We have 7 residents attending college
3 are in a GED program
9 have completed high school
1 is unemployed
16 are employed
Therefore, upon Intake every child/adolescent is
examined by our Pediatric Consultant who is also
a Neurologist, and screened by a Mental Health
Clinical Coordinator who has received a Master’s
degree in Psychology and is either trained to be
a Child Life or Adolescent Specialist. A comprehensive physical consisting of a tuberculosis
screening, lab work, hearing, vision and
developmental assessment tests are performed to
ensure that any health problems or concerns are
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• Pediatric/adolescent medical clinic
• Mental Health Screens,
Psychological and Psychiatric evaluations
• Play and Bridge Therapy
• Nursing Health Coordination
• Mental Health Services Coordination
• HIV risk assessments, counseling and testing
• Sex Education and Family Planning Counseling
• Foster and Birth Parent Counseling and Education
• Medical Services – Ensures that each youth who
enters the program remains in good health. Medical
staff also counsel youth on Human Sexuality and
Family Planning.
Depending on the outcome of the mental health
screening, children/adolescents are then referred
to an EGSCF Psychiatrist or Psychologist for an
evaluation. If it is deemed that therapy is necessary,
a referral is made to community providers. If
needed services are not readily available, our
mental health clinical team can provide play
therapy or bridge therapy until services in the
community can be put in place.
• RN on call 24/7
• Youth Empowerment Group Therapy for Adolescents
The Health and Mental Health Services Department has proudly
achieved an all-time high of 97% compliance on the New York
City Administration of Children’s Services 2006 (PES) Audit for
Delivery of Health and Mental Health Services to children and
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Under the guidance of nurturing and dedicated
SILP staff, youth engage in home and money
management skills by learning to budget their
bi-weekly stipend and maintaining a savings
account. These financial tasks and responsibilities
enhance their progress towards self-sufficiency
and adulthood. To participate in the program,
SILP youth are required to either continue their
education by enrolling in an academic/vocational
institution or maintain employment, and actively
participate in the Adolescent Services Life Skills
Training (LST) Program. The following are some of
the LST practices that are offered to SILP youth
as they engage in developing their ability to live
immediately identified. Referrals and follow-up
appointments are also made during this visit.
preventive services
united families
We provide comprehensive preventive services
to a minimum of 150 at-risk families at any
given time. Our approach is highly regarded,
widely-emulated and unmatched for its integrity
and community collaboration. We continue to
experience tremendous growth through ongoing
Intern Fellowship collaborations with Long Island,
Fordham, Adelphi, and Columbia Universities.
In the previous year, together with community
partners, we served over 200 families and 300
children in the Fort Green, North Crown Heights,
Bedford Stuyvesant and Williamsburg areas
of Brooklyn. In this regard, the United Families
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Program does well in meeting its commitment
as a “Reliable Partner” to improve the quality
of underserved families. Our participants are
supported by qualified staff that are fluent in
either Spanish or French Creole, and are sensitive
to the uniqueness of the population in these
communities: English Speaking Families (70%);
Spanish Speaking Families (28%) and French
Speaking Families (2%).
This year, office hours were expanded to include
the early morning, evening and weekends, to
accommodate family members who work, attend
school, or are otherwise engaged in essential
We maintain a “Needs-Led”, culturally competent,
and community based continuum of services
that is consistent with the changing needs of
client population, child welfare mandates and
performance requirements. We draw on existing
resources and the creative potential of our families
to build a more vibrant and healthy community.
Our services include:
Casework Management- Casework management,
advocacy and referral services in the areas of child
care, housing, and truancy prevention provided
by qualified Case Planners in Spanish and Creole;
Reuniting Children and Incarcerated Fathers
Program and Clinical Consultation provided by
Licensed Social Workers. Food and clothing are
provided in an emergency basis.
services provided
Casework Management Services
Youth Leadership Adolescent Services
Parenting Group Services
commitments IN FISCAL YEAR 2006-2007:
Adolescent Services- Independent Living Skills
Workshops, Life Enhancement Counseling and
Summer Enrichment Program are provided to
children 13 years of age and over.
Parenting Group Services Anger Management/
Parenting Skills Workshops are designed to
strengthen parent/child relationships by helping
the parent to understand the developmental
needs of children and adolescents. Workshops are
provided to fathers and Spanish Speaking families.
Child care, transportation and food are provided
during workshops in our redecorated playroom.
Families Served
Families who completed program
due to achievement of goals
Children served
Children placed in Permanency services 5
Since 1972, the United Families Program is
a community based service that has been
empowering families by realigning preventive
services in accordance with Edwin Gould Services
for Children and Families and the Administration
for Children’s Services’ New Focus Plan. This is
established by reducing the numbers of children
entering foster care, reunifying families after
placement in the foster care system and preventing
the removal of children from their current homes.
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preventive services
Family Case Management Services
Crisis Intervention
Linkages to Community-based Services
Prison-based Parenting Groups for Incarcerated Mothers and Fathers
Grandmothers as Parents Group
requirement by working one day a week in our
program. Every Wednesday, she brightens the day
for all of us with her enthusiasm towards even the
most boring office tasks that she has been assigned
and by demonstrating in so many ways that she
feels comfortable just being at the Agency.
Program Introduction
The Incarcerated Mother’s Program works to strengthen families with the goal of preventing out-ofhome placements for children and breaking the intergenerational cycle of incarceration by fostering the
resiliency of children, families and communities. Our youth programs and support groups seek to promote
mutual aid and community change efforts to better support healthy development. In East Harlem and on
the Upper East Side, the Incarcerated Mother’s Program also works actively with our community partners
to increase the quality and availability of support services for all our families.
The Incarcerated Mother’s Program is proud of another successful year of working in partnership with
our families to improve the outcomes for children and their parents in the communities that we serve.
Day to day, our case planners are in constant motion - making home visits, advocating with schools,
helping with housing problems, modeling new ways of disciplining children, and providing assistance
with social or financial matters, as needed. Families come to our Agency with a myriad of challenges. Our
staff is dedicated and creative in finding solutions to their problems while ensuring that the families’
values and rights are respected.
Family Recreational Events and Trips
Community Education around the impact of incarceration of children
Families receiving preventive services 94
Children served 213
Percentage of ACS Referrals 87%
Families receiving home visits 75%
Teenagers receiving after-school programming 20
Children participating in Kids Shine 21
Mothers attending prison-based groups49
Fathers attending prison-based groups17
One of our new initiatives has been the expansion
of our prison-based parenting groups to serve
fathers. This initiative, which was introduced in two
of the local federal detention centers, found that
the fathers were eager to learn ways to be better
parents, and to be involved in some positive way
in their children’s lives. Our work with children has
taught us that children benefit when both their
parents are actively involved in their lives and that,
even from prison, fathers can communicate that
they love their children and want the best for their
futures. We are excited to continue to expand our
group work services to local prisons with the help of
our talented Hunter MSW interns.
Preventive cases closed due to meeting their goals 83%
One of the most critical elements of the Incarcerated Mother’s Program’s success with families is our
staff’s ability to build trusting relationships, where all of the individuals in a family feel appreciated and
safe enough to share their struggles or needs. We are constantly evaluating how well staff interacts
with families and methods to improve upon that interaction. This year, there were many stories that
demonstrate that the Incarcerated Mother’s Unit was successful in strengthening the family/caseworker
relationship. For example, one of our teenage clients chose to do her year-long school related service
Youth Leadership After-school Programming for Adolescents
incarcerated mother’s program
Client and staff collaboration is also evident when
we hold our annual picnic at Lake Welsh. Throughout
the day, clients and staff set up equipment, barbecue
and clean up in complete harmony. Even after a
family’s case is closed, clients return to the Agency
to share their good news and get advice on problems
that they are facing. This demonstrates that our
clients view the Incarcerated Mother’s Program as a
“Reliable Partner”, and a positive influence in their
Kids Shine Recreational Group for Pre-teens
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services training education prevention and self help
(services training education
prevention and self help)
to end family violence
Programmatic highlights this year include some
exciting developments in our Alternatives to
Incarceration (ATI) program. We were granted
additional monies to expand our program to serve
clients with misdemeanor charges. This now allows
us to work with 80 women a year whose charges are
related to their experience of abuse. Our outreach
and group programming at Riker’s Island enables
us to reach well over 200 additional women a year.
Fiscal year 2007, has proven to be a transformational one for the STEPS to End Family
Violence Program. Our programs have grown
stronger and continue to work with thousands
of individuals throughout the five boroughs
through our education, legal, counseling, and
court-related services. STEPS staff are actively
involved in numerous coalitions and task forces
throughout the city, have a hand in planning major
conferences, and are working in concert with
several organizations on projects that address the
needs of our population.
One of our long-standing programs, Stepping
Stones to Success, closed this year after a long
and valiant struggle to secure additional funding.
While we have been saddened by this loss, we view
this as an opportunity to reassess needs, build on
our strengths, and move forward in line with our
mission. Perhaps most significantly, we bid farewell
to our founder, Sr. Mary Nerney. After more than
twenty years at the helm, she resigned to begin a
well earned sabbatical.
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The Children’s Therapy Program worked with
96 children last year. An example of our work is
highlighted in these pages. With an average of 30%
of our children in foster care, we are now working
on a plan to strengthen our collaboration with the
Permanency Services Department.
Current and former teens in our Relationship Abuse
Prevention Program (RAPP) have been inspired to
spread the message of healthy relationships and
now lead groups at their schools and colleges.
Through the RAPP program, we were able to reach
over 1,869 teens! And finally, the Taking STEPS
and Youth CAP programs worked with over 646
survivors of domestic violence in Fiscal 2007 and
provided training to over 100 organizations. We
are currently developing a plan to expand our legal
services capacity to meet the increasing needs
presented by survivors of domestic violence, more
and more of whom have been contacting us and
seeking help.
success story
Cassie, age 5, was referred to the Children’s Therapy Program in January, 2005, due to exposure to
domestic violence. When Cassie began therapy, she and her mother were residing in a domestic violence
shelter. At that time, Cassie was having unsupervised weekend visits with her father as per a visitation
In sessions, Cassie reported that she did not want to see her father and that she was afraid of him
because he hurt her mommy. She exhibited increased anxiety and fears, and was having difficulty
separating from her mother. Cassie’s mother also reported that she was displaying increased aggression
and uncontrollable tantrums.
In therapy, Cassie was able to express her fears and play out the traumatic experience of watching her
father hurt her mother. Safety planning was reviewed on a regular basis to increase Cassie’s feelings of
safety. Therapy also supported Cassie around the visits with her father and her parent’s separation. Many
interventions assisted Cassie in sorting out her feelings about her parents, and determining how she can
have a loving relationship with each despite the history of parental conflict.
Cassie will be terminating therapy services this month due the reduction in anxiety and increased ways
of expressing herself. Cassie and her mother recently moved into their own apartment and are doing
well. Cassie visits her father every other weekend and continues to build a positive relationship with him.
Presently, Cassie acts like any well-adjusted child her age. She is happy, loves to laugh, play, and just be
plain silly.
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Our Teen Accountability Program is beginning to
receive national attention. We have had inquiries
from organizations in other states interested in
providing such a program and have been invited to
present at a national conference in 2008. A total of
70 young men attended our groups this year.
In recent years, the greatest achievement for the Health Services Department has been its ability to
provide wrap-around services at the point of Intake. Typically, children who enter the foster care system
have more chronic medical conditions than other children from the same economic background. This is
usually due to them receiving intermittent or no health/mental health services prior to entering foster
care. A significant number these children tend to have a higher rate of birth defects, emotional disorders
and school-related problems. Some of them have unmet or unidentified medical problems.
Also, there is an overrepresentation of children needing mental health services in the foster care system.
The types of mental health needs displayed by children in foster care are complex. Diagnosis is often
difficult because of multiple risks and traumatic experiences. These risks are further complicated by the
extreme uncertainty and stress of the children being removed from their biological families and placed in
unfamiliar living situations. Many children display disorders of attachment, depression or anxiety. Foster
may be
at an increased
risk for post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from trauma or may have
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self-regulation disturbances involving difficulty regulating their own behavior and emotional problems.
agency of choice
Over the course of my most recent search for employment, I received
Therefore upon Intake every child/adolescent is examined by our Pediatric Consultant who is also a
numerous job offers based on my twenty years of experience and professional
Neurologist, and screened by a Mental Health Clinical Coordinator who has received a Master’s degree
qualifications in the child care industry. Edwin Gould Services for Children
in Psychology and is either trained to be a Child Life or Adolescent Specialist. A comprehensive physical
and Families (EGSCF) became my “Agency of Choice” for a very specific and
consisting of a tuberculosis screening; lab work; hearing, vision and developmental assessments tests
personal reason. The Job Coach position in the Office of Youth Development
are performed to ensure that any health problems or concerns are immediately identified. Referrals and
and Aftercare Services provides the opportunity to work with a population of
follow-up appointments are also made during this visit.
teenagers and young adults that I understand and can relate to because I was
separated from a parent as a little girl.
Depending on the outcome of the mental health screening, children/adolescents are then referred to an
EGSCF Psychiatrist or Psychologist for an evaluation. If it is deemed that therapy is necessary, a referral
From the age of six, I lived with my maternal grandmother in Puerto Rico
is made to community providers. If needed services are not readily available, our mental health clinical
for an extended period of time, while my mother searched for a better way
team can provide play therapy or bridge therapy until services in the community can be put in place.
of life in New York. I would constantly ask my grandmother for my mother’s
whereabouts. One day she gave me a picture of my mother that I still cherish
and hold dear. Every night, I included a request to reunite with my mother in
my prayers. I often drifted to sleep dreaming of the day that my mother would
come back to get me and my sibling. Finally, the day came that my mother
sent for us to join her in NYC. To this day, I am thankful to God that my wish to
reunite my family came true.
Since that time, one of my goals has always been to mentor and provide
assistance to young people who were less fortunate. I am proud to be a
“Reliable Partner” on the EGSCF team and excited to work collaboratively with
staff to provide teens and young adults with the skills that will enable them to
become self-reliant and successful as they move forward into the workforce
and, promote services that will expedite the reunification of children and
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developmental disabilities services
Program Introduction
The Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) Programs serve a
total 32 consumers at seven different locations
throughout New York City. These include four
apartments at Co-Op City in the Bronx, a single
dwelling on Sherman Avenue in the Bronx and
two apartments on Riverside Drive, Manhattan.
Of these residential sites, six are operated as
individualized residential alternatives (IRA) and
the other as an intermediate care facility (ICF). All
of our residential programs are staffed by direct
support staff 24 hours a day; seven days a week.
In 2008, EGSCF will collaborate with OMRDD to
develop a six-bed IRA program that will serve six
male participants in the Bronx.
Program Overview
RKF (Reverend Kenneth Folkes) ICF
Sherman Ave Bronx, NY
This intermediate care facility (ICF) is a unique care
model that offers a more intense and medicallyfocused program serving eight individuals; four
men and four women. The program has been in
operation at EGSCF for more than thirty years, and
half of its participants came from Willowbrook
when it was being de-institutionalized in the 1970’s.
As opposed to our other residential programs, this
care model allows for a complete clinical team
comprising of a registered nurse, nutritionist,
recreation therapist, behavior therapist, speech
therapist and clinical coordinator, due to the
advanced age of the resident population.
The clinicians have regular contact with
consumers and they play an active role in
developing individualized treatment plans to
address the clients’ needs. One-to-one treatments
and monitoring specific behaviors requiring
therapeutic interventions are forms of services
provided to the consumers. Throughout the year
staff receives training and/or updates on various
mental health subject matters. RKF direct support
staff (DSP) are well seasoned in their duties and a
number of workers, who have been employed for
more than five years, have formed long-term bonds
with our consumers that transcend the routine
staff-to-consumer relationships.
Co-Op City IRA
Alcott Place Bronx, NY
At this location, EGSCF operates four individualized
residential alternative (IRA) Programs: two
four-bed male residences and two four-bed
female residences. The IRA care model allows
the participants to receive care and support
commensurate to their needs. For instance, some
consumers are able to access the community
independently. Others receive one-to-one staff
support when they are accessing the community.
Several consumers receive ancillary services in
the form of occupational therapy, psychological
counseling and physical therapy. In this setting all
services delivered are authorized by the consumer’s
individualized service plan (ISP). These consumers
participate fully in their community. They attend
monthly shareholders meetings and routinely
travel to local restaurants, movie theaters, and
shops, etc.
The Health and Mental Health Services Department is committed to delivering quality health and mental
health services in a timely manner. Our primary goal is that every child, adolescent or client achieve their
maximum health potential and be emotionally prepared to meet life’s challenges.
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presidential award
2006-2007 nominees
The Presidential Award has been
Riverside Drive IRA
157th Street & Riverside Ave, Manhattan
At this location EGSCF operates two individualized
residential alternative (IRA) Programs; a four-bed
male residence and a four-bed female residence.
Similar to our other IRA Programs, the participants
at this site receive care and support commensurate
to their needs. Some consumers receive ancillary
services in the form of occupational therapy,
psychological counseling and nutritional services.
In this setting all services delivered are authorized
by the consumer’s individualized service plan
(ISP). These consumers participate fully in their
immediate community by attending the monthly
building shareholders meeting, participating in Tai
Chi classes and other entertainment opportunities
available to the Riverside shareholders.
Consumer Self Advocacy
Following a very laborious planning process, EGSCF
consumers were successful in establishing their
own self-advocacy group. Members of this group
meet on a monthly basis. To date, it has served
as another vehicle to help our participants assert
greater control in the daily happenings at EGSCF
that impact their lives.
Nominated by Ponzetta Howard & Jamise Merchant
established to recognize staff for
exemplary performance. This is the
Agency’s way of recognizing staff,
Services Provided
1. Residential Habilitation
2. Medicaid Service Coordination
3. Transportation Services
4. Nursing Services
5. Speech Therapy
6. Physical Therapy
7. Occupational Therapy
8. Psychology Services
9. Recreation Therapy
10. Psychiatric Services
11. Nutrition Services
12. American Red Cross Certified Training Provider for
EGSCF employees and the general public
Nominated by Mojisola Obadeyi
Nominated by Laura Lombardi
bringing their performance to the
attention of others, and saying
thanks for a job well done.
Nominated by Josefina Branford
Nominated by Everson Gibson
Nominated by Everson Gibson
Nominated by Amelia Swanigan
Nominated by Anneris Paulus
Nominated by Sharon Merritt
Nominated by Sharon Merritt
Nominated by Barry Alicea
Nominated by Aubrey Featherstone
Industry Leader
Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families
is a trend setter in the area of assisting the
developmentally challenged.
All of our IRA
programs have a certified bed capacity of four or
less. This is in accordance with OMRDD’s mandate
to promote smaller (six beds or less) community
residences. Also, EGSCF is now an American Red
Cross Certified Training Provider for its employees
and the general public.
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fund development
Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families is funded
through New York City and New York State contracts. These
funds, however, must be supplemented by additional income
to meet the current needs of the children and families that we
Therefore, we depend on private individuals, corporations and
foundations to help support the quality services and programs
we provide.
You can get involved by participating in special events:
“ARTrageous” Gala Dinner & Art Auction
Holiday Toy Drives
Celebrity Hosted Events
Sponsored Corporate Events
Volunteer your time and/or service
Kevin W. Corrigan
Will Cotton
Willa Cox
Zephrine & Evelyn Cummings
Tatziana Dambacher
Mrs. Edith D. Davenport
Dani Davis
L. Gene Davis
Bob Roberts & Lauren Day
Graziano &
Valerie De Boni
Louis Demarco
Mike DePaola
Joel Derhick
Dave Devries
Carlton Dewoody
Lena Diab
Bernard & Eliz Diamond
Jason Diaz
Edward Dibenedetto
Jeff & Helen Dilandro
Ms. Julie Blackman &
Mitchell Dinnerstein
Peg DiOrio
Alan &
Elizabeth Donenfeld
Naomi Donne
Sr. Virginia Dorgan
Christine Dowling
Steven Drobny
Nicholas Dubrul
Keith Dupree
Roberto Dutesco
Rosemarie du Vigneaud
Vincent du Vigneaud
Richard Easton
Rev. Norman C. Eddy
Malcolm Edgerton
Jared Eglowsky
Shawn Ehlers
Bryan El Castillo
Mark Ellman
Holly Ericson
Roy Essakow
Jonathan Faekas
John Faltings
Arlene Farenci
Peter Farol
Charles Fazzino
Heather Fazzino
Alistair Featherstone
Annette Feierman
Elizabeth Fekkai
Leslie C. Feldman
Joseph Fichera
Christina Fikaris
Joel & Adele Fine
Claudette Fink
Valentino & Christopher Fobes
We all agree that children are our future. We want them to grow
up where they know happiness, believe in themselves and look
to their future with confidence and purpose. Please join us in
our mission to help enrich the lives of our children.
You can help when you provide:
Financial Contributions
In-Kind Contributions
Penny Aaron
John & Jill Adelman
Niraj Agarvir
Hamilton Aguiar
Jamie Ahn
Michael Albert
Jeanine Alfieri
Lila Alizadeh
Hunter & Victoria Allen
Rose & Michael Allocca
James Cavello &
Margarite Almeida
Domingo Alonso
Judge Ancako
Nejma And
Ted Anderson
Thomas Andrews
Gerald M. Appelstein
Rose Arce
Frank Arends
Linda Argila
Elliot Arkin
Michael Arsham
Andrea Joel Arshaw
Elisabet Asch
Sheri Babb
Racheal Bachnr
John Backus
Christopher Baechle
Donald Baechler
Marissa Banez
Craig Banks
Merrill Banks
Michael & Candace Barasch
Clay H. Barr
Clifford Basonner
Michael & Audrey
Alex Beard
Peter Beard
Frank Begley
Ian & Crystal Behar
Claire Behrlel
Christine Bell
Uzi & Cecilia Ben Abraham
Elayn K. Bernay, Ph.D
Josh Berkowitz
Elizabeth Blaney
Ross Bleckner
Natexis Bleichroeder
Jeff Blind
Peter & Emanuelle Block
Nilda Blomberg
Jill Bock
Ilan Bohm
Ann Boland
Eric & Adrienne Bolling
Michael Boris
Brian Bortonazzi
Daniel Bowers
Erica Fogg Boyer
Steve Boxer
Chip Brady &
Allison Weiss Brady
Micheal Brancati
Peter M. Brant
Cariya Breemen
Barbara Brennan
Christina Brens
Romero Britto
Randall Brockett
Cathy Brower
Jeffrey & Kristin Brown
Paul Brown
Kabel Brumberg
Nancy & Larry Bryant
Henry Buhl
Edward Bulgin
Janna Bullock
Marsha Burnett
Patricia Burnham
Liza Buzytsky
Helene L. Byrnes
Rose Caiola
Louis Cameron
Robert Campbell
Silvia Campo
Eneas Capalbo
Hyacinth Carbon
Chuck Martin & Desiree McCartney
Nicole Caruth
Bryan El Castillo
James Cavello
Christine Cea
Pedro Ceron
Kamali Chandler
James S. Chanos
Alexandre Charriol
Amy Chase
John Chimples
Brooke Churchill
Ann Chusic
Christine Chwe
James Clooney
Karen E. Coe
Dominick D’Alleva &
Robin Coffer
William & Anne Cohen
Barbara Cole
Kirstin Cole
Stewart Lane &
Bonnie Comley
Richard Cook
Noel Coppersmith
John & Wanda Corcoran
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annual report 2007 - 2008
Sincere Thanks to Our Supporters and Business Contributors for Their Generous Donations
Through-out the Year.
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Haifa Ijaz
Walter Iooss
Anthony M. Italia
Michael Jacobs
Richard & Amy Jacobson
Patrick & Brooksany Jewell
Michael & Macon Jessop
Bobbo Jetmundsen
Robert Jetmundsen
Adriene Johnson
Michael Smith & Lisa Johnson
Donald Johnston
Alice & Paul Judelson
Roy A. Judelson
Lisa Kalis
Barbara Kallvaria
Barbara Kammerer
Howard T. Kaneff
Sr. Kathleen Kanet
Jeffrey R. Kaplan
Paris Karaahmetoglu
John Karabelas
Partsa Karra
Diana Kashan
Jeannette Kastenberg
Michael Kaufman
Steven Kaufman
Andrew & Katherine Kellerman
Angelica Kerr
Lawrence G. Kessel
Shahrzad Khayami
Tessica Kim
Pam Kimnel
Deborah Kind
Elizabeth & William Klemperer
Vincent Kondaveet
Costas A. Kondyis
Jeff & Justine Koons
Yvonna Kopacz
Mark Kostabi
Richard Kramer
Melissa Krauss
Regina Kravitz
Jerry & Suzan Kremer
Stephen M. Krupa
Kathleen Kuhlman
Juris Kupris
Hillary Lallier
Evan Lamberg
Lisa Lamberg
Elizabeth Lamers
Jennifer Lancaster
Dawn Landa
Jack Laroux
Greg Lauren
Adrienne Lawler
Janice Lawner
Allan Lazare
Arlene Lazare
Melissa Lazarov
Danny Leopold
Shaler Ladd III & Lilia Garcia Leyva
Alan & Diane Lieberman
K. Ling
Joseph V. Lobuono
Keith Locker
Christopher London
Bernadette Longford
Linda Luneau
Geralyn M. Lyman-Kurtz
James L. Nederlander & Margo MacNabb
Shana Madofe
Peter & Marion Madoff
Stephen Maguire
Evangelia Liana Makkos
Liana Makkos
Thomas Makkos
Polly Marans
Michelle Marie
Lennox Marshall
Jordania Martin
Linda Mason
Joseph & Dorothy Mattia
Peter Max
Eliot Mazzocca
Elliot Mazzucco
Raphael Mazzucco
Caroline Alexa McBride
Maura McCormack
Robert McDermott
Victoria McGarry
Kevin S. McKenna
Lucinda McKenna
Patrick McMullan
Richard Medley
Christine Mehring
Bob & Liz Ann Meier
Bill Meissner
Kim Meissner
Alicia Pousada Mejuto
Wendy Meltzer
Chandra R Melzler
Rose Memelstein
Lauren Meshel
Rockell Metcalf
Suzanne Metz
William Michaelcheck
David Migdalek
Mark Millene
Jon Miller
Pamela &J. Travis Millman Eric & Stacey
Robert Mitzman
Todd L. Moberly
Susan K. Montgomery
Iris Moore
Nina Moore
Raymond & Jacqui Moore
Gregg Mostrocviti
Karen Myrie
Catherine Needham
Lance Nill
Philip S. Noble
Jayne Nussbaum
William & Michele Nuti
Alene & Donald Olesen
Yoko Ono
Kimberly Onorato
Jeffrey & Djida Oppenheim
Nancy Orbach
Austin Palmer-Smith
Glen Palmer-Smith
Tacho M. Sandoval & Dawn Palo
Damian Park
Erik Parker
Jed Parker
Stuart Parr
Robert Winne Parry
Karen & Paul Addison Picciani
Karen Pavlin
Alice Pearce
Lawrence Peck
Rand Peppas
Marco Perego
Kristin Pereira
Anton Perich
Tristan Perich
Guy Philoche
Rachel Pine
Rita Pinto
Stanley & Gloria Plesent
Robert Plummer
Miriam Poirier
Christopher & Kim Polony
Lisa Pomeranty
Albert Popa
Dalton Portella
David A. Post
Donna Poyiadjis
Roys & Danna Poyiadrs
Gregory & Gianna Prime
Cianna Prince
Eleanor Propp
Susan & Peter Purdy
Arturo Quiros
Jennifer Rahman
James & Ann Rambo
Treisha Ramcharan
Friedman Billings Ramsey
Gary & Colleen Rein
Dannah Ressler
Stacey & Corey Ribotsky
Denise Rich
Craig & Debra Rietmann
Marisa Rieue
Antoinette Ripinsky
Grace Robb
Andrew Roberts
Luis Rodguez
Todd & Carole Rome
Dora Romero
Kevin Roon
Lori Rooney
Rhonda B. Rosen
Diane Lenny Rosenblum
Sheila Rosenblum
Arnold Rosenshein
Jason & Beth Rosenthal
Larry Rosenthal
Craig & Carrie Rothfield
Gerald & Cynthia Rothstein
Joel Rott
Catherine Foti & Steven Rudder
Marira Rust
Martin Saar
Andrew Sabin
Charles Saffati
Esam Safi
Dina E. Sarti
Joseph & Jennifer Saul
Michael Scanlon
Lynn Corwin & Charles Scardino
Paul & Jane Schindler
Daniel & Laura Frerer Schmidt
Jean L. Schmidt
Diane Schueller
Charles Schwab
Cathy & Charles Schwartz
Iris Schwartz
Maria Sciotino
Laurence Scott
Wendy Frank & Doug Scott
Ryan Scully
Cassandra Seidenfeld
Vody Seki
Eileen Serwer
Carol Shapiro
Arthur Shapolsky
Beth Sharp
Jason Sheller
Midco Shibata
Aleta Shipley
Stanley &Tracy Shopkorn
Deborah Shure, M.D.
Rochelle Silpe
Tabitha Simmons
Lisa Sinclair
Gregg Singer
Lisa & Alexander Skora
Hunt Slonem
Michael & Iris Smith
Stephan & Lynn Solomon
Vanessa Solomon
Chevalier Richard Louis Soloway, KTJ
Dame Donna Anne Soloway, KTJ
Jalaine Adamson Sommers
Scott Sosnik
Lori Sprows
Fred & Jacqueline Stahl
George & Elena Stephanopoulos
Illysa Sternberg
Kristopher Stillwell
Linda Stocknoff
Howard & Nancy Stone
Michael J.C. Stone
David H. Storper
Charles & Allison Strout
Donna Sullivan
Theresa Sullivan
Brett Surerus
Glen & Eslyn Sylvester
Kathleen Tait
Stephen Talasnik
Stephen Talasnik
Steve Tanger
Leonard Tannenbaun
James Walter Tar
Gloria Tarigo
Mrs. David Tenney
Robin Tewes
Elizabeth Thompson
James V. Tigani Jr.
Jeffrey Tillou
Gilliam Tollam
Brett & Emily Topel
Lawrence Traub
Michael Troker
Diane Tuft
Spencer Tunick
Peter Tunney
Seth Turkeltaub
Alexandra Tyler
Andy Valmorbida
Dax Van Aalten
Barbara Van Buren
Monique Van Vooren
Christine Volkmar
Henrik & Viktoria Von Siemens
Mary Ann Wall
Scyatta Wallace
Lou Wallach
Milton & Caroline Walters
Wesley Wang
Craig Warwick
Gregg & Debra Wasser
Bruce & Claude Wasserstein
Marci Waterman
Dave Waxtel
Paul Weinberg
Boaz Weinstein
Allison Weiss
George A. Weiss
Joel & Andrea Wernick
Gary Martin Wexler
Sandra Josephine White
Kehinde Wiley
Shelby Willcox
B. Victor Williams
Ken Witler
Myles & Barbara Wittenstein
Adam Wolfberg
Sherry Wong
Wayne Wright
Sharon Wyse
Robert Yaffa
Rober & Jill Zarin
Robert Zelman
Debra Zitrin
Companies & Foundations
Alice Claire S. Montgomery Trust
Align Construction
Annunciation Church
Anthony Coopers Com
Bellringer Communications Inc.
Biscotti, Toback & Company P.C.
Black Agency Executives
Black Equity Alliance
Blue Star Jets
Bricklayers &Allied Craftworkers
Buhl Foundation
Bulgin & Associates Construction, Inc.
Caiola Family Foundation
Canisius College
CFA Capital Partners, LLC
Chiaroscuro, LLC
Church of the Epiphany
CIBC World Markets
Cilibrasi & Associates, Inc.
Complete Office Supply Warehouse
Congregation of Notre Dame
Coutts And Company
Craz Woodworking Associates, Inc.
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Carol Fonde
Christopher Forbes
Wendy Frank
Daveed D. Frazier
Alan & Nancy Friedman
Christopher Gallardo
Annabelle Garrett
Carolyn Gartner
Hugh Gavigan
Sandra Gebert
Ursula Gebert
Joan Berger & Elie Geiger
Jordan Gerber
Anna Gerzon-Rolnick
Marjan Gharajedaghi
Barbara Gibbs
Sean Gillooley
Michael Gitlitz
Mikel Glass
Samuel Glen
Deanne Glover
Andrew Goldberg
Allison Goldenstein
Sandy & Cori Goldfarb
Marla Goldwasser
Joseph K. Gormley
Austin A. Graham
Louis Grandelli
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Greenberg
Val Guilford
David Gullez
Arnold S. Gwirtzman
Henry & Shirley Hackel
Teresa Haft
Stephen Hannock
Al Haranek
Vanesa Hart
Rose Hartman
Kim Hatchett
Henry & Patricia Hay
Robert Hay
Christopher Heath
Caroline & James Heavey
Stephen & Julie Heavey
Gerry Heimbuch
Michelle Heinemann
Pomm Hepner
Sara Herbert
Gary Herman
Susan Hermanson
Fancine Herndia
Anne D. Herrmann
Geoffrey Hess
Tracy R. High
Isabel Hilborn
William T. Hillman
Gerry & Patricia Hirschhoon
Louise & Paul Hogue
Rebecca Holmes
Carrie Holt
John Hook
Stacy Horn
Elliot Horowitz
Richard Hoyt
Rick Hoyt
Stephen Hubard
Lucia Hwong-Gordon
Del Bello Donnellan Weingarten Wise
& Wiederkehr, LLP
Deutsche Bank
Disney Worldwide Services Inc.
Doubledown Media
Duane Miller III, Builder
Dupree Excavation, LLC
Eos Airline
Evergreen Partnership
Feldman Realty Group
Fidelity Charitable
Fishman, Roth & Chase, LLP
Fleur De Lis Interior Desi LLC
Fordham University Campus Ministry
Fortune Society/Fortune L.P.
Fund for the City of New York
G’s Payables, LLC
Gerbert Contemporary Gallery
Gillian& Sylvester
Goya Foods
Icon Custom Construction
Services, Inc.
IWC Schaffhausen
Jacombs Investments, Ltd
JEC Consulting Corp.
Jeffrey R. Kaplan Charitable Fund
Kevin Harrington Plumbing &
Heating Inc.
Kimberly Allan & John Arena of U.S.
LDI Color Tool Box
Leroy Street Studio Architecture Pc
L.H. Reporting Services, Inc.
Lido Stone Works
Loebs & Gordon Poolcraft
M & J Management Corp.
Mabel B. Fischer Grant Foundation
Man Group USA
Marlborough Gallery
Mary Clancy Charities
May and Samuel Rudin Family
Foundation, Inc.
Mechanical Association of New
Jersey, Inc.
Merisel Americas, Inc.
Morris Marketing, Inc.
Munro Bank
Murray Hill Chiropractic P C
Nederlander of New York, Inc
North Sea Plumbing & Heat
NYC Council
NYC Human Resources Administration
NYC Office of the Criminal
Justice Coordinator
NYS Department of Labor
NYS Division of Probation and Criminal
Justice Alternatives
NYS Office of Children and Family
NYS Unified Court System
Ocean Electric Corporation
Old World Moldings, Inc.
Palm Bay Imports, Inc.
Peconic Ironworks, Ltd.
Pepsi-Cola Company
Precision Excavating & Drainage Corp.
Purcell Associates of Nevada, Inc.
Radiant Drywall &Insulation Corp.
Regional Programs, Inc.
Reilly Woodworks
Rich Duda D.Q.G, Inc
Rudin Management Co., Inc.
S & S Supplies Corp.
Sabin Metal Corporation
Scoop Management, LLC
SDJ Group, LLC
Seymour Feldman Foundation Inc.
Shelter Alliance
Skody Scot & Company, CPA’s, P.C.
Smart Choice Communications, LLC
SMG Marketing Group Inc.
Society of the Sacred Heart
Solutions from the Heart, LLC
St. Vincent, Milone & O’Sullivan, Inc.
Stedawill Art Foundation
The Center for Court Innovation
The Charles Evans Foundation
The Choral Society of Grace Church
The Church of the Heavenly Rest
The Congregation of Notre Dame
The Junior League of New York
The Lincoln Fund
The Louis R. Cappelli Foundation
The New York Community Trust
The Scone Foundation
The Sills Family Foundation
The United Way
The Walt Disney Company
The Whistler Family Foundation
Thelen Reid Brown Raysman &
Steiner, LLP
Tri Star Construction Corporation
Trot Trading Corporation
United Nations Federal Credit Union
W & G Service Company, Inc.
Wachovia Capital Markets, LLC
Wachovia Securities Inc.
Warburg Pincus LLC
Weber & Grahn Conditioning Corp.
West Hampton Glass &Metal, Inc.
financial highlights
year ending june 30, 2007
REVENUES Permanency Services12,348,842 Preventive Services (ACS)1,679,443 Preventive Services (Other)1,740,048 Medical/Mental Health Services1,118,694 Residential Programs3,492,667 Group Homes681,689 Other Programs
Fundraising Revenues1,624,495 Contributions and Other Income
$ 23,967,342 expenses
Permanency Services11,287,504 Preventive Services (ACS)1,533,981 Preventive Services (Other)1,774,256 Medical/Mental Health Services1,099,554 OMR Developmental Disabilities Programs3,307,419 Group Homes602,432 Other Services
Administration1,767,434 Fundraising Expenses
$ 23,059,683 36
annual report 2007 - 2008
annual report 2007 - 2008
actual revenues by program (unaudited)
Fundraising Contributions and
Other Services $1,624,495
Other Income
$836, 593
Group Homes
statement of activities
year ending june 30, 2007
OMR Developmental
Disabilities Program
REVENUES Permanency Services
Medical/Mental Health
Permanency Services Preventive Services (ACS)
Preventive Services (Other) Medical/Mental Health Services
OMR Developmental Disabilities Programs
Group Homes Other Services TOTAL PROGRAM EXPENSES
Group Homes
annual report 2007 - 2008
$ 20,380,944
program support services
REVENUES Permanency Services
Management & General
Net Change in Assets
$ 1,767,434
$ 2,678,739
$ 23,059,683
Medical/Mental Health
Preventive Services
Preventive Services
$ 21,958,920
$ 23,967,342
REVENUES actual expenditures by program (unaudited)
OMR Developmental
Disabilities Program
Govt. Revenues (Including Pass Thru Funds) Public Support
Misc. Revenues
Preventive Services
Preventive Services
Other Services 4%
$ 907,659
annual report 2007 - 2008
governing body
Jean L. Schmidt, Esq.
Robert Schanz
Vice President
Judith Benitez
Mary Ann Wall
Hunter W. Allen
Joan Berger, Esq.
Nicole Caruth
Violet A. Chandler, Esq.
Peg DiOrio
Malcolm Edgerton Jr., Esq.
Denise M. Grant, Esq.
E. Eldred Hill
Karen A.N. Myrie, M.D.
Michael A. Neff, Esq.
Beth Sharp
Scyatta Wallace, Ph.D.
B. Victor Williams
Myles Wittenstein
Myrtle Butler
Aubrey Featherstone, MPA
Executive Director
Everson Gibson, MPA
Associate Executive
Director of Programs
Alan Meltzer, MBA, CPA
Associate Executive Director
of Finance
Josefina Branford, BA
Assistant Executive
Director of Finance
Laura Fernandez, LMSW
Assistant Executive Director,
Programs & After Care Services
Suzanne Tow, BS
Director, Human Resources
Llewellyn Bishop, B.Sc.
Director, Information Technology
Laura Pires-Hester, Ph.D.
Barbra Louis, Ed.D
Mildred McGee
Lloyd B. Solomon
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Karen Horne, RN, MS, MPH
Director of Health &
Mental Health Services
Ronnie Aikman, MSW
Assistant Director,
Permanency Services
Marie Merelus, MPA
Assistant Director,
Permanency Services
Yannick Krueger
Assistant Director,
Health & Mental Health Services
Linda Argila
Consultant, Fund Development
Veronica Rojas, M.D.
Psychiatric Consultant
Oliver M. Crespo, Ph.D.
Psychological Consultant
Manuela Robles, MS
Director, Permanency Services
Emmanuel Bruno, M.D.
Sharon Merritt, MSW
Director, HomeFinding Services
Peter Klainbard, M.D.
Pediatric Medical Consultant
Lucia Rivieccio, LCSW
STEPS to End Family Violence
Donna Whyte, BA
Coordinator, Quality Assurance MR/DD
Amelia Swanigan
Director, Incarcerated Mother’s
Rose Nantongo, LMSW
Director, Training/Foster
Parent Support Unit/Community
Avery Fuchs
Jane H. Goldman, Esq.
Joseph Spooner, Ph.D.
Director, Supervised Independent
Living Program
Wrickford Dalgetty, BA, JD
Director, Office of Youth &
Adolescent Services
Zephrine Cummings
Educational Consultant/Champion
Barbara Gibbs
Educational Consultant/Champion
Michele Aguirre
Coordinator, Quality Assurance
Sandra Glover
Office Manager
Sharon Pyle
Assistant to the Executive Director
Barry Alicea, MSW
Director, United Families
John Eyerman, Esq.
Kleckner Charles, MPA
Director, Residential Services
Heather Thompson
Lifestyle and Career
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