Babies, Toddlers, and the Lasting Effects of Trauma: Annual Appeal 2018

Your contribution to Forestdale will help more than 1,500 children get the individualized help they need to rise from adverse childhood experiences and seize the opportunity to flourish. $250 can pay for services, like a coaching session that helps children bond with their parents. $500 can help pay for necessities such as the security deposit on an apartment for a family moving out of a homeless shelter. $2,000 can help sponsor activities like a retreat for 30 fathers.

Whatever you can give, $5 or $10,000, will be pooled with other funding to bring health, well-being, and joy to more than 1,500 children.

Thank you for your generosity this holiday season.


On October 22, Forestdale welcomed Foster Parents, the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio, the office of NYS Assembly Member Andrew Hevesi, ACS First Deputy Commissioner Eric Brettschneider, ACS Assistant Commissioner Trevor M. John, ACS Associate Commissioner Ray Toomer, and other stakeholders to listen to foster parents share their experience with the Home Away from Home (HAFH) program and the “Mockingbird” Family Model.


The Administration for Children's Services recognized Forestdale for excellence in permanency, exceeding New York City's targets for discharge to adoption or KinGAP. Permanency for a foster child is critical-- a sense of home and belonging go a long way towards helping the child adjust emotionally and heal from trauma. We are incredibly proud to be honored alongside organizations such as HeartShare, Children's Aid, Sheltering Arms, Abbott House.

Our wonderful staff and families made this possible!

To see more photos of the awardees, please see COFCCA's Facebook post

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# of children we protect each year in foster care. 100% who graduated high school were admitted to college.
Families stay together, play together. 400 receiving health services on-site at Forestdale.
Graduation rate for Strong Fathers, where men become great dads

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