Direct Support Professionals Program Expands

February 1, 2018 – Glen Cove, NY – Thanks to a recent award of $96,000 from the New York State Department of Labor, SCO’s Center for Professional Development is expanding the work of our Direct Support Professionals (DSP) program. The DSP program provides classroom based and online training and interdisciplinary Learning Labs for the 200 Direct Support Professional who work with our children and adults with special needs every day – helping them develop and improve their job skills in order to succeed and advance in their direct support roles. Training focuses on four areas: Putting People First, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships, Demonstrating Professionalism, and Supporting Safety.

SCO Family of Services to Open Independence Inn VII

February 1, 2018 – Glen Cove, NY – SCO Family of Services has received funding from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development to open Independence Inn VII, a transitional independent living residence for runaway and homeless teen/young adult mothers and their children. SCO will also provide early education services and work in partnership with the Jeremiah Program to provide the coaching necessary for residents to achieve academic success within a career-track college education.

The Jeremiah Program is an evidence-informed model that is currently implemented in six states that places emphasis on educational achievement. This two-generational model provides support for career-track college education; life skills and empowerment training; and a supportive community.

Our Close to Home program was recognized by the NYC ACS Division of Youth & Family Development for successfully implementing their Performance-based Standards model.

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SCO Family of Services Appoints Keith Little Executive Director

Enhanced Leadership Further Positions Agency to Transform Lives of At-Risk New Yorkers

January 3, 2018 – Glen Cove, NY – SCO Family of Services, a provider of essential human services throughout New York City and on Long Island, today announced the appointment of Keith M. Little to the position of Executive Director. In this role, Mr. Little assumes oversight of the agency’s extensive continuum of residential and community-based child welfare, early childhood, youth development, family support, special needs, and homeless services. Mr. Little joined SCO in September 2017 as Deputy Executive Director, and succeeds Douglas O’Dell, who previously announced his intentions to step down after 27 years with the agency.

A hands-on leader with over 30 years of experience at state, city, and nonprofit organizations, Mr. Little brings considerable expertise in the provision of mental health, health care, child welfare, and juvenile justice programs. He has been a tireless advocate for children, youth, and families throughout the metropolitan area. Most recently, he served as Executive Director at Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families where he was credited with building organizational capacity, external collaborations, and financial sustainability.

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SCO’s Close to Home Program Recognized

November 9, 2017 – New York, NY – SCO’s Close to Home (C2H) program was recognized for successfully completing the “candidacy” period of Performance-based Standards (PbS) at an awards banquet held by the NYC Administration for Children’s Services Division of Youth & Family Development. Performancebased Standards (PbS) is a data-driven improvement model grounded in research that holds juvenile justice agencies, facilities and residential care providers to the highest standards for operations, programs and services. SCO, along with other C2H providers, were presented with plaques for the accomplishment.

Sandra Arboleda, SCO Preventive Program Director, Receives Community Leadership Award

October 31, 2017 – Elmhurst, NY – Sandra Arboleda, Director of our Woodside Preventive Program, received a community leadership award from the Elmhurst Community Partnership (ECP) for her work with victims of domestic violence in the Latina community. Sandra received the award at ECP’s Third Dinner for Women, held recently at the Boulevard Restaurant in Queens. She was one of five influential women who were recognized for their contributions to the community and to ECP’s mission. Read more.

Our Center for Family Life’s Coop program was featured on NBC’s “Give”.

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SCO Family of Services Raises $445,000 at Annual Treiber Memorial Golf Outing

SCO Honors Vincent Parziale, President and CEO of Gramercy Group, Inc.

October 18, 2017 – Glen Cove, NY – More than 140 golfers teed off on October 11 for the SCO Treiber Memorial Golf Outing, raising nearly $450,000 to support the work of SCO Family of Services, a provider of human services for over 100 years. The funds will be used to help SCO provide vital services to more than 60,000 children, teens, families, and adults with special needs each year across Long Island and New York City.

SCO honored Vincent Parziale, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gramercy Group Inc., one of the top demolition companies in the country. Mr. Parziale is a champion of the children and families that SCO serves.

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SCO was proud to be a part of the “Talk to Your Baby” playgroup in Brownsville.

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Advocates for Children and SCO Family of Services Develop Parent Toolkit to Improve the Education Experience of Children while in Foster Care

Report offers key recommendations for parents, foster care agencies, and schools

September 29, 2017, Glen Cove, NY – As families across the nation shift their attention back to school, two nonprofits have teamed up to improve the education experience for New York’s children in foster care and their families.

Advocates for Children of New York, an agency that works to ensure high-quality education for students who face barriers to academic success, and SCO Family of Services, a leading provider of social services to children, adults, and families in under-resourced communities, announced the launch of a Parent Toolkit, an easy to use guide that provides recommendations and resources to enhance parent involvement in their child’s education while in foster care.  The Toolkit helps parents navigate the education system while embracing the important role they play in their children’s academic success and achievements.

Active participation by parents has been shown to have substantial benefits to the child, parent, and school, with outcomes including improved self-esteem, increased confidence in parenting skills, and higher levels of student achievement. Moreover, studies have shown that children in foster care who regularly engage in school discussions and activities with parents and caregivers are more likely to achieve permanency than those who do not engage.[1]

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