New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) is dedicated to improving the lives of youth in and transitioning out of foster care through education and access to opportunity.
We work in partnership with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to improve the lives of youth in foster care and to engage New Yorkers in that effort.
NYFC has more than 20 years of experience working directly with transition-aged youth, ACS, and the city’s private foster care agencies in serving this population. Since its inception, NYFC has distributed more than $55 million to support youth in foster care, including $5 million in scholarship funds to promote post-secondary education for youth aging out of care. As the non-profit partner to the Administration for Children’s Services, NYFC is tasked with funding, incubating, piloting, and implementing innovative programs that will improve the outcomes of youth in the child welfare system with a focus on foster care.
NYFC’s hybrid approach – to serve both as a funding partner and an incubator of promising practices to the Administration for Children’s Services as well as an organization that provides services directly to youth in foster care – uniquely positions NYFC to bring innovative services that improve the lives of youth in foster care in NYC.
NYFC currently oversees 32 unique programs, including 20 grants from foundations and corporations to support educational programs and pilot initiatives. The objective of NYFC’s direct services and grantmaking strategy is to increase the educational attainment and career readiness of youth in care with the goal of increasing the likelihood that they become independent, self-sufficient adults.
NYFC’s programmatic work is informed by experts in the field of child welfare, including ACS, our foster care agency partners, and youth formerly or currently in care. NYFC has close relationships with all 27 foster care agencies in New York City.