The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC)

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Program Info:
The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) was established in 1875 as the first child protection agency in the world. The NYSPCC laid the groundwork and assumed the main role of protective investigation, removal and placement of abused and neglected children where no other organization was willing. The NYSPCC has remained steadfast in assisting children and families at risk of abuse and neglect. Today, we emphasize programs aimed at the prevention of child maltreatment or the lessening of its harmful effects. The mission of The NYSPCC is to respond to the complex needs of abused and neglected children, and those involved in their care, by providing best practice counseling, legal, and educational services. Through research, communications and training initiatives, we work to expand these programs to prevent abuse and help more children heal. Since its incorporation 134 years ago, The NYSPCC has investigated more than 650,000 cases on behalf of over 2,000,000 children and has educated over 45,000 professionals working with children on identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect. The following programs address the increasingly complex needs of high-risk children and families in New York City: o Trauma Recovery Program helps children recover from experiences of physical and/or sexual abuse, family violence or serious parental neglect by providing mental health services; o Child Empowerment Program provides group counseling to “high-risk” children in New York City schools and “Safe Touches” sexual abuse prevention workshops designed for children in grades K - 3; o Positive Parenting Plus is a therapeutic supervised visitation program for parents, who, for reasons of domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, mental illness or substance abuse, can only visit their children in a clinically supervised setting. This program keeps children safe, while promoting healthy parenting through parent coaching, education and guidance; o Child Permanency Mediation is the first program of its kind in New York City, utilizing mediation to remove barriers that keep children in the foster care system, thereby expediting permanency into safe, loving homes; o Crisis Debriefing provides resiliency restoration training to the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) child protective staff and child welfare agencies to support staff following incidents of child fatality, violence in the field, and during times of bereavement; and o Professional Education Program provides education for professionals in identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect and advocating for legislative action that protects children and strengthens families. Our programs are offered at multiple sites, including The NYSPCC’s main office in lower Manhattan, New York City public schools, homeless shelters, social service agencies and offices based in the family court buildings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens. Bilingual services are provided to families seven days a week and during the evenings to accommodate working parents and to meet the ever increasing demand for our programs. The NYSPCC does not charge families a fee for direct program services and no family in need is ever turned away. In 2008, The NYSPCC served a total of 4,924 children, parents, caregivers and professionals.

www.nyspcc.org

New York, NY

Amy Pumo

212-233-5500 | APumo@nyspcc.org

Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D.

212-233-5500 | mpulido@nyspcc.org

Mariel Berry

212-233-5500 | MBerry@nyspcc.org

Jessica Hong

212-233-5500 | JHong@nyspcc.org