MAY IS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH
For Foster Care Month 2016, we interviewed JCCA’s Maria Taveras, Coordinator of our Foster Family Resources program. Maria has worked at JCCA for more than nine years and provided us with answers to questions that are frequently asked by those interested in becoming foster parents.
What kind of person makes a good foster parent?
In my experience, anyone with an open heart, willingness to learn and a true desire to foster can do it. You do not need to have had children already and you do not need to be married. What’s important is that you are flexible and committed to helping children and families. There are challenges and lots of appointments to attend. If you’re not 100% committed, you will not be successful.
What are the benefits of being a foster parent?
Many people say it gives them a sense of purpose to care for a child, bringing families back together or building new ones. Some people say it’s a calling. Foster parents who are engaged and supportive with birth parents often contribute to successful reunification. They really do a wonderful job.
ANNOUNCING THE Center For Healing
JCCA’s Programs for Sexually Abused and Exploited Children
Since 1822, JCCA has been serving vulnerable, at-risk children and families who have been neglected or abused, immigrant families, and people building new lives. Two JCCA programs are addressing the needs of sexually abused and exploited children: Gateways and the new Center for Healing.
For eight years JCCA has been treating the victims of commercial sexual exploitation in a pioneering program we call Gateways. As the only such residential program in the northeast, Gateways provides a wide range of carefully supervised and structured services such as medical treatment, intensive individual and family therapy as well as art therapy to help these young victims recover from the trauma they have experienced.
We are proud to announce our new Center for Healing. The Center’s newly-hired Director, Jessie Boye-Doe has extensive clinical, advocacy and community relations experience in the treatment of sexually abused and exploited child victims. Under her leadership, we will provide effective, cutting-edge clinical and supportive services to boys and girls who have been the victim of sexual abuse and/or commercial sexual exploitation. These victims often experience profound and devastating trauma and are at an increased risk of post-traumatic stress, depression, mood disturbances, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, violent and anti-social behavior, and unsafe interpersonal relationships. Our goal is to help these vulnerable and traumatized children heal; and enable them to return to their communities and live productive, healthy lives. Initially treating about 100 children on JCCA’s Pleasantville Campus, the Center for Healing will also train staff and treat other children across JCCA’s programs in all five boroughs, Nassau and Westchester counties. Read more >
JCCA provides comprehensive care to thousands of children, young people and families who come from New York’s many diverse communities. Since 1822, we have embraced those who need us most — abused, neglected and traumatized young people who are struggling with poverty, developmental disabilities and complex mental illness. We also work with disadvantaged Jewish immigrants and with Jewish children and their families in support of Jewish continuity. Our programs include foster and residential care, educational assistance and remediation, case management for young people with mental health challenges and services to families to prevent child abuse and maltreatment. JCCA offers safety, stability and lifesaving support to help our clients transform their lives. In everything we do, we are guided by the Jewish mandate of tikkun olam — the responsibility of every person to make the world a better place.
JCCA is authorized by the Council on Accreditation and recognized as a provider that continues to successfully
implement high performance standards and is delivering the highest
quality services to all of its stakeholders.