New York Community Trust Joins Redlich Horwitz Foundation and Tiger Foundation to Improve the Lives of Foster Children
When children are removed from their parents due to safety concerns, New York City works with foster care agencies to quickly find them loving and nurturing homes—preferably with relatives or other adults they know well. But this process does not always run smoothly. That’s why a group of funders has come together to help nonprofits use promising approaches to find excellent foster homes for kids in partnership with New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS).
The New York Community Trust has joined with the Redlich Horwitz Foundation, Ira W. DeCamp Foundation, Joseph Leroy & Ann C. Warner Fund, and Tiger Foundation to improve the lives of foster children. They will fund five agencies to work with ACS’ Home Away from Home initiative, designed to increase placement of children in foster care with family members and friends (known as kinship caregivers) and improve foster parent recruitment, training, and retention. Through the program, ACS has provided funding, consultation with national child welfare experts, and tools to foster care providers, as well as created new resources to help prospective foster parents become certified, with support from the City and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
The newly-funded agencies include: The New York Foundling, Good Shepherd Services, Graham Windham, Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services, and Coalition for Hispanic Family Services. In addition, New Yorkers For Children will receive funding to hire consultants to help the agencies integrate best practices into their work in the future...