Sharon Adams, Foster Parent: An Open Heart

Categories: JCCA Spotlight, Program Stories
Children come into foster care because of neglect, abuse or their family’s inability to care for them. Those who identify as LGBTQ have an added layer of challenges to contend with. At JCCA, our staff has worked diligently to bring affirmation and understanding for our LGBTQ clients. We’ve been fortunate to recruit foster parents who …

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Naethra Sreekrishna, Social Work Coordinator

Categories: JCCA Spotlight, Program Stories
JCCA’s Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) is a short-term, family-centered program to help children and families resolve problems resulting from trauma such as abuse or violence. Naethra Sreekrishna, who has worked in the program for four years, is just one example of our dedicated, extraordinary staff. She generously shares her insights and experience with us …

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Michael Gillespie and Patrice: A Forever Home at Last

Categories: Foster Care
Michael Gillespie never imagined he would become a foster father to 13-year-old Patrice. At Patrice’s birth, her mother insisted that Patrice was Michael’s biological daughter, but a DNA test proved otherwise. Undeterred, Michael lovingly took on the role of dad, and remained committed to Patrice even after he and her mother separated. Because of her …

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Katherine Iglesias-Garcia, Foster Mother

Categories: JCCA Spotlight
There are approximately 9,000 children in foster care in New York City. In many cases, kids are removed from their homes because they have been subject to neglect or abuse. The NYC Administration for Children’s Services contracts with JCCA to recruit and train foster parents to care for these children until they are reunified with …

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An Empowering Mother’s Day Symposium

Categories: Program Stories
The programs in JCCA’s Preventive Division work with at-risk families in the child-welfare system, building on their strengths and developing skills to ensure kids remain safely and happily in their own homes. Recently, Rani Smith, Senior Social Worker, organized a Mother’s Day Symposium at JCCA’s Bronx office aimed at celebrating and empowering mothers. The core …

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