In New York City, nearly 14,000 children are in foster care. They have been removed from their homes because their caretakers are accused of abuse or neglect, or their inability to care for the children for whom they are responsible. JCCA is one of the largest and most respected foster care agencies in New York City, and was selected as one of five agencies to work with the City on the ChildSuccessNYC pilot program. Our services help place children with caring families and we help the families that have had their children removed from their homes as well as the families who serve as foster parents.

Our philosophy is simple: the infants and children in our care need safe and nurturing foster homes while their families work to resolve their difficulties. Where possible, we work with families to return the children to their parents and families permanently, and we seek to build strong connections and better relationships among family members. When we cannot return children to their birth families, we work to find permanent, loving new families for them. We work with foster parents who receive extensive training and support from JCCA staff.

Anthony, foster youth

“I was smart and got good grades, but I was angry, too, and had trouble listening. At Pleasantville, the staff, especially Mr. Harrigan, taught me how to talk about my problems and how to express myself. I learned coping skills and strategies for dealing better with people.” Read more >

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