This year's Regional Service Project was a gift card drive to benefit The Children's Aid Society's Next Generation Center in the Bronx, NY. Sorors attending the 83rd North Atlantic Regional Conference (NARC) donated gift cards totaling $13,496.50 to assist youth aging out of foster care in their transition to independent living. Specifically, the donated cards will be used to enable youth served by The Children's Aid Society to shop for food, clothing, toiletries, baby items and training.
The mission of The Children’s Aid Society is to help children in poverty to thrive and to succeed in Life. They do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods.
Since their founding in 1853, Children’s Aid has been at the forefront of developing innovative and effective programs for New York City’s most vulnerable children. Children’s Aid serves New York’s neediest children and their families at more than 45 locations in New York City and Westchester County. Their caring begins before birth and continues into adulthood, addressing all aspects of a child’s development. And, because children are most likely to thrive when their families are stable, they provide a host of services to parents as well.
Today, The Children’s Aid Society provides adoption and foster care services at over a dozen sites in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island, as well as comprehensive preventative services designed to stabilize families and keep them intact whenever possible. They have specialized teams in Family Foster Care, Medical Foster Care, Treatment Family Foster Care and services for teens who are “aging out” of foster care. They work tirelessly to bring security and stability to children, by providing them with either a permanent home or an adoptive family.
The Children’s Aid Society has remained on the front lines of foster care reform and advocacy since 1853. The Orphan Train Movement, which was the beginning of the foster care movement in the U.S., and the success of other Children's Aid initiatives have led to a host of national child welfare reforms over two centuries, including child labor laws, adoption, foster care services, public education, the provision of health care, and nutrition and vocational training. In 2006, The Children’s Aid Society launched the Next Generation Center (NGC). It is a one-stop, multi-service center located in the Morrisania section of the South Bronx, to support disconnected youth and those at-risk of becoming disconnected, as they transition to adulthood. The center provides a comprehensive and holistic set of services, programs and activities that support and drive young people to reconnect to positive institutions, school, work, relationships with caring adults and community-based supportive services and to divert them from negative institutions, criminal activity, detention and incarceration.