June 27, 2002
ACS and the Southeast Queens Neighborhood Network Team Up in an Effort to Keep Children and Families Safe
Community Meeting Brings Together Neighborhood Organizations and Leaders, Parents, Caregivers and Members of the Faith Community
The New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and the Southeast Queens Neighborhood Network (SEQNN), met recently with the faith-based community to identify ways to better serve children and families in Jamaica and Queens Village. SEQNN hosted the event under the theme of, “Strengthening Connections: Partnering With Faith-Based Leadership in Serving our Community” at Hillside Manor Comprehensive Health Care in Hollis, Queens.
SEQNN is made up of more than 35 service providers and child welfare organizations that support children and families in Community Districts 12 (Jamaica) and 13 (Queens Village). Formed a year and a half ago, SEQNN works to find new ways to improve the quality of child welfare services in the community. These child welfare services can include: foster care, adoption, preventive programs, health care, legal services and more.
“The collaborative partners who make up SEQNN are a great example of leaders in the community who are working as a team to provide children and families with better, more accessible services,” said ACS Commissioner William C. Bell.
“Neighborhood-based services and the creation of neighborhood networks are a cornerstone of the ACS reform plan. These networks encourage collaboration between local service providers and other organizations so that no child or family in need goes unserved. By reaching out to the faith-based community, SEQNN will become an even stronger network and presence in the Southeast Queens area,” Bell added.
In addition to SEQNN, ACS partners with 24 other neighborhood networks throughout the five boroughs. ACS launched the creation of neighborhood networks two years ago after realigning its service divisions by community district to deliver preventive, protective, case management and administrative services at the neighborhood level.
The networks are designed to provide a culturally sensitive and family-centered approach to serving children and families. Each network offers neighborhood agencies a forum to share resources, ideas and referrals and a vehicle for joint planning, training and advocacy. ACS is working to establish more neighborhood networks in community districts citywide.
The meeting included a keynote address by Reverend Alfonso Wyatt, Associate Minister of the Greater Allen Cathedral of Jamaica and Vice President of the Fund for the City of New York. Attendees also engaged in panel discussions on improving services in the neighborhood. In addition, five individuals were honored for their outstanding efforts: Yvonne Reddick, District Manager, Community Board 12; Muhammed T. Rahman, Islamic Circle of North America; Daisy Boyd, President, NY State Foster and Adoptive Parent Association; Nadine Turner, Assistant Director, Amistad Early Childhood Learning Center; and Wayne Borrows, Program Director, Foster Care, St. Christopher Ottile.
The New York City Administration for Children’s Services protects and ensures the safety and well being of New York City’s children and their families. Formed in 1996, the agency oversees the City’s programs of child protection, foster care, preventive services, adoptive parenting, child support enforcement, child care and Head Start.