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Events Archives: 2009

December 15, 2009
CHIPP Brings Christmas Cheer

Visits take place every month between children in foster care and their incarcerated mothers on Rikers Island, but this month's visit was extra special. Read more and view pictures

November 23, 2009
Foster/Adoptive Parents Honored at Gracie Mansion
Hundreds of foster and adoptive parents and their families gathered at Gracie Mansion on November 23rd as guests of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Commissioner Mattingly.  The stately halls and richly appointed setting was a fitting backdrop for the large, enthusiastic crowd which also included officials from many foster care agencies.  Welcoming everyone, the Mayor noted that the mansion belongs to all of New York City, and urged attendees to "feel at home."   Read more and view pictures

November 16, 2009
Teenage Moms Win Essay Competition

When these young women found out they were about to become parents, they made up their minds not to become another statistic about young mothers who fail to graduate high school or go to college. Read more and view pictures

November, 2009
A Head Start on the Holidays
The Holidays are the perfect opportunity to teach children traditions along with some history. The Administration for Children’s Services provides child care and Head Start services to more than 100,000 children in New York City. Read more and view pictures

October 5, 2009
Children's Services Honors  Exemplary Child Care Programs
Children's Services honored three child care programs and their executive directors for the work they do in serving families with the highest quality of care. Read more and view pictures

September 23, 2009
Foster Care Youth Take Center Stage
"The Next and Last Stop" is the name of a new play starring sixteen NYC youths in foster care who are participating in a year-long program with City at Peace. Read more and view pictures

September 16, 2009
ACS Joins Thousands of New Yorkers in Celebration of National Recovery Month
Acknowledging the efforts of thousands of New Yorkers in recovery from substance abuse disorders, Children's Services staff joined colleagues from throughout the city and state in celebrating the 20th anniversary of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. Read more and view pictures

September 15, 2009
"Best Practice" Award for Child Welfare Workers
The ceremony, held at ACS's Children's Center on September 15, honored the workers "for changing the child welfare field for the better." Read more and view pictures

September 14, 2009
ACS Gears up for Back to School
When New York City children returned to school in September, Children's Services staff and partner organizations were ready to do their own homework to support the educational experience of children in care and those families who are involved with the child welfare system. Read more and view pictures

August 26, 2009
CPI Family Appreciation Day
It was a day of perfect summer fun on August 26th for more than 900 children and adults enjoying the Lake Compounce amusement park in Bristol, Connecticut. Read more and view pictures

August 15, 2009
Family Fun and Safety in Brooklyn
Children's Services' Child Protective Managers and an Investigative Consultant recently joined forces to bring the message of safety to children and parents in East New York in Brooklyn. Read more and view pictures

July 31, 2009
Community Partnerships Website Goes Live
Staff from the Community Partnership Initiative (CPI) neighborhood agencies gathered last month for a workshop on the formal introduction of the new CPI Website. Read more and view pictures

July 22, 2009
Heart Gallery NYC
It was a special day at the Kings Plaza Shopping Center on July 22 with the latest display of the Heart Gallery NYC traveling exhibit of youth in foster care awaiting adoption. Read more and view pictures

June 28, 2009
Children's Services Marches for LGBTQ Youth
Children's Services staff were front and center as they marched with other members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Foster Care Coalition in the annual NYC Manhattan Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28.Read more and view pictures

June 10, 2009
Bridging the Gap Between Parents and Foster Parents
Collaboration between parents and foster families to ensure better outcomes for children and families was the main theme of a forum on June 10th sponsored by the Children's Services Office of Advocacy, Parent Advisory Work Group (PAWG). Read more and view pictures

June 2, 2009
Network to Success Introduces Youth in Foster Care to Sports Professionals
New York City youth in foster care rubbed shoulders with some of the brightest stars and influential professionals in the sports world at Network for Success, the semi-annual networking event for 150 high school and college students in foster care hosted by New Yorkers For Children (NYFC), in collaboration with Children's Services. Read more and view pictures

May 30, 2009
Foster Parents and Families Celebrate at Zoos, Aquarium
New York City foster parents and their families celebrated a day of fun at five of the City's premier wildlife venues on Saturday, May 30. Children's Services' Office of Parent Support and Recruitment sponsored the event in collaboration with the NYC Wildlife Conservation Society. Read more and view pictures

Children's Services Welcomes 5 Youth Advocates
Children's Services now has five Youth Advocates who serve as ombudsman for young people in foster care. Each of the five, who previously were in foster care, will assist in helping to shape Children's Services practice so that it reflects the real needs of youth in care. Read more and view pictures

May 15, 2008
British Parliament Members Visit ACS

Seven members of the British Parliament (MPs) met with Children's Services Commissioner John Mattingly and other staff this week to learn about child welfare practices in New York City - and to consider which practices here might be applied to the British child welfare system. Read more and view pictures

May 9, 2009
Prom Dress Drive for Foster Care Girls a Success
"I feel so like Cinderella," exclaimed 17-year old Catherine, a Bronx Lehman HS senior, as she twirled around in a lemon yellow long gown. She was one of 90 girls in foster care who were picking out their prom dress from among nearly 500 donated dresses on Saturday, May 9.Read more and view pictures

May 8, 2009
Winning TASA Mother's Day Card - A Wish for Love for All Mothers
For a teenager, motherhood can bring mixed feelings.  Maria M., a 19-year-old teenage mother receiving services through Children's Services' Teenage Services Act (TASA) program, views becoming a mother as a motivator. Read more and view card

April 29, 2009
CWOP Graduates New Parent Advocates
Eleven new Parent Advocates trained and prepared to help parents navigate their way through the child welfare system were graduated from the Child Welfare Organizing Project (CWOP) Parent Leadership program at the end of April. Read more

April 27, 2009
Children's Services Graduates 137 New Child Protective Specialists
All graduates successfully completed a rigorous 6-week program which trained them to protect children from abuse and neglect through comprehensive investigations and child welfare assessments. Read more and view pictures

April 24, 2009
Children's Services Honors Five New Yorkers for Contributions to Child Safety

The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) honored five New Yorkers with its Commissioner’s Child Advocacy Award for their efforts in keeping the New York City’s children safe.  ACS saluted each individual as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Read more and view pictures

April 20, 2008
Children’s Services Honors ‘Unsung Heroes’ in Preventive Programs
"Do you think your staff works very hard?" asked Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Roberts in a room of Preventive Services agency program directors and supervisors. "Yes!" they exclaimed as one. To put muscle behind their conviction, Roberts asked each agency to nominate staff members who are among the "unsung heroes" in helping families deal with their very difficult challenges. Read more and view pictures

April 3, 2009
NYC Child Safety Medical Summit to Improve Child Welfare Practices

The summit which was held at Lincoln Hospital Auditorium in the Bronx, examined ways in which collaboration between all the various entities involved in child welfare investigations and specifically those involving medical issues can better coordinate their efforts to keep children safe. Read more and view pictures

March 2009
NYPD Liaison to ACS Lieutenant Fanale Retires
After 23 years in the NYPD, Lieutenant Carolyn Fanale has retired.  Fanale served for the last two and a half years as the first the NYPD liaison to ACS.  In addition to her role as liaison between the two agencies, Fanale provided instruction to staff on domestic violence. Read more 

March 12, 2009
ACS Leadership Academy for Child Safety Graduates 30 Managers

On March 12, 2009, the third group made up of thirty Child Protective Managers from the ACS Department of Child Protection graduated from the Leadership Academy for Child Safety. The graduation was attended by Commissioner John Mattingly, Deputy Commissioners Jan Flory and Anne Williams-Isom and other senior staff including Assistant Commissioners from each borough. Read more and view pictures

March 5, 2009
Commissioner Mattingly Honored
Lutheran Social Services of New York awarded its annual President’s Award to Children’s Services Commissioner John B. Mattingly. Praising Commissioner Mattingly as a “visionary,” Lutheran Social Services President and CEO Ronald Drews presented the Commissioner with the award at a dinner in Queens on March 5. Read more and view pictures

February 19, 2009
Health Screening for Black History Month
About 150 staff members of Children's Services took part in a Health Fair at ACS headquarters on Thursday, February 19-an event sponsored by the African American Heritage Committee-in the spirit of Black History month. Read more and view pictures

January 23, 2009
YFE Participants Ring NASDAQ Closing Bell

It was applause all around as participants of the Youth Financial Empowerment (YFE), along with their mentors and officials from New Yorkers for Children (NYFC), Citibank, United Way of New York City, Wells Fargo and the Junior League of America joined Matilda Cuomo, Founder and Chairperson of Mentoring USA for the NASDAQ closing bell ceremony on Friday, January 23 in the middle of Times Square, New York City. Read more and view pictures

January 2009
Young Men in Care Learn Patience, Discipline and Love from Dogs
This inspiring story is about the collaboration between ACS contract agency provider Children's Village and East Coast Assistance Dog Inc. The program brings together the young people in foster care who are residents at Children's Village and assistance dogs who are trained by the young people to help the disabled. Read more and view pictures

January 12, 2009
YFE Rewards Savings
By participating in a program designed to encourage saving and overall financial know-how, youths taking part in Youth Financial Empowerment are learning financial skills and receiving a 2 to 1 match on their savings if they complete the YFE program. Read more and view pictures


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