New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) is a unique player in the field of New York City child welfare. We operate our own direct service programs for youth aging out of foster care, and we also serve as a backbone organization overseeing grants delivered through community partners or expert consultants. NYFC works alongside child welfare agencies and community partners to fulfill our mission to improve the well-being of youth and families in the child welfare system with an emphasis on older youth aging out of the system.
NYFC’s unique hybrid role as both intermediary and direct service provider gives us the infrastructure, field knowledge, and flexibility to meet the pressing needs of NYC youth both currently in foster care and those who have aged-out. NYFC serves about 1,000 youth annually - ages 18 to 26 - aiming to enroll them in college, support them through graduation, and help them gain the skills needed to enter the workforce. Since its inception in 1996, NYFC has distributed nearly $70 million in funds to support youth and families involved in the child welfare system, including over $8 million in direct scholarships to foster youth to promote post-secondary education.
We incubate and test programs that we believe are promising for youth development
We support the design and implementation of youth programs
Provide Direct Services
We are direct service providers of both our signature programs and new, innovative pilot programs
NYFC is a hybrid organization, operating as both a direct service provider and an intermediary organization. In addition to our signature programs, we collaborate with stakeholders on innovative programming that seeks to address the most pressing issues facing NYC’s youth in new and innovative ways.
This hybrid approach means we take on multiple roles, with each facet of our organization working in tandem to increase the educational attainment, life skills, and career readiness of youth in care.
What The Youth
There are not enough programs in NY state like NYFC, but we definitely need more. In a system where so many of us are already forgotten and left behind, it’s nice to know that there’s still an organization that cares.
New Yorkers for Children is a safe space to help youth cultivate their excellence. Because of the support I receive from NYFC, I will be able to finish college debt free. I am happy to say that I am apart of something that will help more youth to come.
I was thrilled to receive my laptop today so that I can begin my dream of pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work while remote learning.
Thanks to New Yorkers For Children, I am able to keep hope alive that I will succeed and accomplish my dreams!
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work
On Friday, New Yorkers For Children Executive Director Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez was interviewed by NY1 news about the current state of New York City foster care and supportive services for young people involved in the system. Watch the full interview and read more here: https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/health/2022/08/08/new-yorkers-for-children-helping-city-s-foster-care-system?cid=nyc-covid-newsletter
Executive Director Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez Interviewed by CUNY-TV Alongside Demetrius Napolitano, CEO of Fostering Mediation
Last week we were honored to have NYFC Executive Director Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez appear on CUNY-TV’s One-to-One hosted by Sheryl McCarthy. Joining them was Demetrius Napolitano, CEO of Fostering Mediation and motivational speaker. The interview covers topics including the barriers faced by youth aging out of care and what is being done in NYC to support…
Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children and New Yorkers For Children Announce New Program to Help Children Transition From Foster Care to Permanent Homes
Post-Permanency Support Program provides essential post-adoption/guardianship services to families, improving outcomes for children New York, New York, May 19, 2022—In an effort to ensure that children make better transitions from foster care to permanent homes, Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children and New Yorkers For Children announce the Post Permanency Support Program (PPSP). The PPSP…
New Yorkers For Children has been awarded a $25,000 grant by the Robin Hood Foundation’s FUEL for 50 initiative, which aims to support young children’s learning and development through programs focused on their caregivers. The grant will support NYFC’s Emergency Grants program, which provides unconditional cash transfers to youth with foster experience, about 50% of…