Children’s village: a refuge for children in need

July 11, 2022

The Children’s Village (CV) founded its 180-acre residential campus in Dobbs Ferry in 1901, and today it is a nationally recognized provider of services to those who have been denied what all children deserve: security, education and opportunity, and the people who believe in them.

The young people who live on the residential campus are mostly foster boys or those involved in the juvenile justice system. Since 2004, CV has also served immigrant children who have arrived in the country alone, often looking for parents or other family members. Residents live and eat in 10 cottages, staffed by experienced carers, and attend a public school – Greenburgh 11 – on campus. They receive medical and dental care at a modern health center and participate in a number of programs that include trauma-informed models of care. For some who need more intensive short-term psychiatric care, CV pioneered the Jackson Rapid Intervention Center, a 21-day substitute for the trauma of hospitalization. The only service of its kind in the New York metropolitan area, the Center is open not only to children on campus, but also to boys and girls referred from other mental health and child protection programs.

Campus residents use the Lanza Recreation Center with a full-size gymnasium, fitness room, and swimming pool. They also benefit from paid work experience in the Centre’s kitchen and cafe, hair salon, recording studio, greenhouse, dog training program, and more. These programs provide opportunities for growth and the chance to come away with job-readiness skills and certifications that open doors.

The Westchester County Resume Service isn’t just limited to Dobbs Ferry. The agency now operates Woodfield Cottage in Valhalla, the county’s juvenile detention facility. CV also offers a shelter for homeless and runaway boys and girls ages 12-17, the only shelter in the county specifically for teens. CV also addresses the issue of affordable housing, which is so crucial to keeping families together. CV runs Bay House in Yonkers in conjunction with Westhab, Westchester’s largest affordable housing developer. In New York, CV built the beautiful Harlem Dowling building, which includes spaces for community services, 60 affordable apartments for Harlem residents and 12 transitional housing studios for young adults coming out of foster care. Looking ahead, CV is engaged with others in the development of the Eliza, a new building in the Inwood section of Manhattan that will provide the community with a new public library, 175 highly affordable apartments and a broad offering of community services. .

CV believes that residential treatment should be temporary and that children are best served by keeping them with their families or those who love them unconditionally. CV’s extensive adoption and foster care services are designed for situations where birth family placement is not possible. Just recently, CV opened its foster care program in Westchester County to identify, train and support more caregiver families, adding to their already extensive foster care services throughout New York.

Additionally, The Children’s Village’s work has expanded beyond its historic operations to a wide range of services and prevention programs to help young people succeed when they leave residential care or avoid residential care altogether. residential placement. Some of these include in-home counseling services, programs for boys and girls in 26 middle and high schools designed to develop healthy relationships and leadership skills and prevent pregnancy, residences for teenage mothers and their babies, And much more. Last year, CV supported over 17,000 children and families.

The range of CV services is amazing – but one theme ties it all together: “keep building…under the principle that our role is to uplift, empower and support children, families, communities, like we’ve been doing it for over a century.”

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