Come join us for our Annual Benefit, which is being held at the City Winery on Tuesday, April 24.

We are thrilled to be honoring actor Jeffrey Wright and ACS Commissioner David Hansell.

This year, we are raising funds for our Strong Mothers and Strong Fathers programs.

Last year, more than 300 parents at Forestdale took classes in anger management or parenting, received peer support, engaged in expert mental health services or counseling, and family planning.

You can help support these programs while having a great time!

Tickets are available at the link, or under our "Events" page.

We hope you'll join us in honoring these extraordinary individuals on April 24th!


This Women’s History Month, we honor the women who founded Forestdale in 1854, as well as the women who have worked so tirelessly since then and still today to service 1,200 youth and their families annually.

Forestdale would simply not exist without the foresight, dedication, and determination of women.

In the 1850s NYC was coping with a population swell brought on by immigration from Europe. The burgeoning city was not able to keep up, leading to overcrowded tenements and unsanitary conditions.


In addition to being Women’s History Month, March is also National Professional Social Work Month – an opportunity to celebrate a profession dedicated to enhancing the well-being of others and meeting the basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable in our society (NASW, 2018). According to NASW (the National Association of Social Workers), this year’s theme is, "Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions.” This theme beautifully describes the work of Forestdale’s social workers, including all of our Case Planners (i.e. Foster Care, Preventive Services, Strong Mothers, Strong Fathers, and Strong Futures/Youth Development Case planners).

Ensuring that children and families learn, love and laugh
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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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