Providing A Safe Haven For Kids & Parents

By Ann Grenier

When a child has been abused, the most crucial first step is providing a safe, accepting environment. Sadly, there are reports of children being abused and neglected by family members and caregivers. 

Fortunately, The New York Center for Children (NYCC), founded in 1995 with the support of late Broadway producer Marty Richards and philanthropist Georgette Mosbacher, is a child-friendly center that provides free, comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to victims of child abuse and their families. In addition, the NYCC offers professional training in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of child abuse. Individual and group therapy services are available at NYCC in English and Spanish.

Clinical social workers and psychologists provide individual therapy to children, adolescents, young adults, and their families to assist them in healing from child abuse and trauma. The therapists at NYCC help children and adolescents who have been subjected to sexual and physical abuse, neglect, witnessing domestic violence, immigration trauma, and community violence. Therapy is tailored to each individual. Their treatment includes trauma-focused therapy, play therapy, art therapy techniques, and grief counseling.

Their on-site pediatrician performs a sensitive and thorough medical exam—cutting-edge technology aids in identifying and preserving critical evidence. Experts on staff speak with anyone who requires intervention and assistance because of child abuse. In addition, NYCC provides referral and advocacy services. Victims, their families, and professionals involved in the investigation and reporting process can receive phone and in-person consultations.

NYCC serves all families, including those who do not have health insurance. Aside from evaluation and treatment, the children at NYCC benefit from tutoring, mentoring, and extracurricular activities. NYCC is also a leader in training programs for professionals and graduate-level medical, psychology, and social work students to diagnose, treat, and prevent child abuse.

Parents who believe their child has been abused can request a consultation, counseling, referrals, and on-site evaluations.

In addition, parents can attend ongoing support groups and educational workshops. Childcare professionals can refer suspected abuse victims to NYCC and consult with staff about child abuse issues.

NYCC provides training opportunities in child abuse awareness and prevention. All NYCC’s programs and services for children and families are completely free. NYCC is a non-profit organization that relies on donations to cover operating expenses. NYCC hosts several charity events throughout the year to help raise funds towards their cause, including the charity 5K walk/run NYCC Run 4 The Kids, their annual NYC dinner, Annual Bowling Ball, and this past year’s Flamenco Nights that also raised funds for caregivers who worked so hard over the past year.

NYCC also holds panel discussions to raise awareness of the impact of child abuse, where guest panelists talk about their history and trauma with child abuse.

NYCC serves children from all five boroughs of New York City. It’s also at the forefront of several educational projects focusing on child abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment. The dedicated professionals at NYCC are recognized as experts in child abuse prevention and treatment. Their team provides the highest level of trauma-focused therapy to children and their families and training professionals, students, and members of the community in the detection and treatment of child abuse.

Their “Champions” serve as ambassadors for NYCC, assisting them in expanding the NYCC support network so that they can do even more for children. The Champions also help to amplify their message by disseminating information about NYCC’s programs through their networks.

NYCC staff has a long history with the organization; many have been with NYCC for more than a decade. The child-friendly space is located at 333 East 70th Street, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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