New Alternatives for Children

Posted on February 4, 2021

For general operating expenses as NAC responds to the COVID-19 impact upon their clients and their families. NAC provides foster care, preventive services, and a comprehensive array of health and social services for NYC’s most challenged families — those living in poverty, caring for one or more children with a serious medical/mental health condition, and who are involved or at-risk of child welfare involvement. NAC annually serves 1,200 families, caring for 2,200 at-risk children throughout the five boroughs of New York City. COVID-19 disproportionately affects people of color, the poor, and those with medical conditions – NAC’s client population. Their clients’ needs for services are more urgent than ever, as their children are not only at severe risk due to their own medical conditions, but many of their caregivers are at high risk as well, significantly magnifying the danger to the family. They are experiencing new or increased trauma, and some lack the basic computer technology to participate in tele-health and get needed medical and mental health treatment, which is also needed for tele-schooling and tele-tutoring. NAC is working to obtain technology for these families and training both parents and children on use. As the effects of the pandemic rapidly unfold, NAC will continue to provide the help and resources needed to keep their children and families safe, healthy, resilient, and strong.