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Press Release
December 6, 2004

Children’s Services Commissioner to Host Community Forum to Address Concerns and Share Successes of Collaboration With Organizations and Faith-Based Groups That Serve Youth and Families in the Bronx’s Highbridge Neighborhood



When:

Tuesday, December 7, 2004
6 p.m.-8 p.m.

   
Where:

Public School 11, School Auditorium
1257 Ogden Avenue
Bronx , N.Y. 10452

   
Who/What:

“Listening to Community Voices,” a forum led by Children’s Services Commissioner John B. Mattingly to discuss issues affecting children and families in the Highbridge section of the Bronx, which has the highest number of foster care placements in New York City.

   
Why:

Children’s Services recently partnered with a number of private foundations, service providers, community-based organizations, faith-based groups and contract agencies that serve children and families in Highbridge to reduce foster-care placements, decrease the reports and incidents of child abuse and neglect, shorten the length of stay in foster care and prevent re-entry into the foster care system.

Commissioner Mattingly and other Children’s Services officials will talk about the success of this partnership, called the “BridgeBuilders Project,” and consider current and future challenges confronting the community.

Directions:

Take the 4 or D train to 161 st Street /Yankee Stadium and board the BX 13 bus to 169 th Street and Ogden Avenue.

Contact:
ACS Press Office
Phone: 212-341-0999
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