Everyone plays a part in promoting the safety and well-being of New York City’s children and families.
The ACS Office of Community Partnerships (OCP):
Through the Community Partnership Programs (CPP) ACS provides funding to communities in NYC so that:
ACS works with eleven Community Partnership Programs in the following neighborhoods:
Partnering with Communities
Foster Parent Recruitment - Each CPP brings together foster care agencies in their community to find safe and loving homes for children in ACS care. Contact your CPP to find out about how to become a foster or adoptive parent.
Faith-Based Programs- Places of worship provide opportunities for ACS to engage and educate families about ACS-what we do, how we help children and their families. Through this effort, many churches and places of worship have established ministries to help support children and their families.
ACS works with families and communities in their neighborhoods to help protect and support children and youth. Some examples of our outreach include:
ACS in Your Community – Jamaica, Queens
The Jamaica CPP partnered with the parent coordinators and principals at P.S. 40 and P.S. 48. to help support children and families at these schools. After identifying the schools’ needs, the CPP helped bring a case planner from the Southern Queens Park Association Beacon program to provide services to children and their families twice a week including free family and individual counseling, as well as mental health and anger management services are provided for adolescents.
CPPs are open to all who want to support children and families. If you are a parent, community-based organization, faith institution, business owner and know about or have resources that can help children and youth in your community, contact the ACS Office of Community Partnerships.
Community members can become part of the solution by:
You can participate in any of the following ways:
ACS in Your Community – Bronx
One Bronx parent involved in ACS’ Visiting program recently stated: “There is always an open door policy at church… I could use one room entirely where I played with my baby.” Another parent shared, “Time goes faster when we have the visit outside. I feel like I am her mother.”
ACS in Your Community – Harlem, NYC
The parent coordinator at the Salome Ureña Campus School in Washington Heights expressed gratitude that ACS reached out to her in support of the school’s predominantly Spanish speaking fathers. She expressed appreciation that ACS and the fatherhood group had taken time and effort to make presentations to her group – they received information about ACS (‘Demystifying ACS’ workshop), child support laws, regulations and assistance and tips on parent/child interaction.
OCP provides information, trainings, presentations and resources at your school, Parent Teacher Association meetings, neighborhood association and other community events to help families understand the child welfare, juvenile justice and early child care and education programs and policies.
To request a ‘Demystifying ACS’ presentation or a workshop on ACS programs and services, contact the Office of Community Partnerships.
You can request child safety and other ACS materials to distribute.
Some commonly requested materials include:
Materials are available in English and Spanish with limited availability in Creole, Korean, Russian and Chinese.
Sign up for updates on CPP and local CBO events. Contact ACS
Contact us if you have questions about ACS or suggestions about how we can improve our services in your community.