A New Forever Family

adoption-familyNovember 28, 2016 – Queens, NY
November is National Adoption Month, a collective, national effort to raise awareness of adoption. Each year, SCO finds forever families for more than 100 children…like Heaven. Heaven (2nd from left) was officially adopted by Ketsy Rhodes (left) on November 15th at the Queens County Courthouse with the Honorable Judge Carol Stokinger.presiding. It was the second adoption for Ketsy, who is also the proud mother of son Peter (far right). Ketsy is in the process of adopting Peter’s sibling Joel (2nd from the right).

A Fresh Start – Angela’s Story

Angela had been struggling with substance abuse for some time when she lost custody of her 2-1/2-year-old daughter. Determined to do whatever it took to get her back, Angela checked into a rehab center where she learned of SCO’s Morning Star program. Morning Star offers residential care and transitional services for women in recovery from substance abuse, as well as recovering mothers with young children, in need of a structured, sober environment.

In May 2016 Angela came to Morning Star where she was reunited with her daughter. “When I got her back, I cried from happiness,” she said.

Angela is doing well in her recovery process. And Morning Star’s trained parenting professionals are helping Angela with parenting skills to strengthen the bond with her daughter – making her little one feel safe, secure and loved. “At Morning Star, I’ve learned how to be a mom.”

When she leaves Morning Star, Angela plans to become a peer specialist so she can help others in need.

“I have a life now. I’m clean. I’m happy. My daughter is happy and doing great in Pre-K.”

“If it wasn’t for this place, I wouldn’t have my daughter back. I don’t know where I’d be.”

Family Dynamics Goes to Ellis Island

Our friends at Garden of Dreams and the New York Rangers treated the children from SCO Family Dynamics’ after school program at MS 35 to a fun and educational trip to Ellis Island. The kids boarded the ferry and were transported back in time to 1920, where each was given the identity of an immigrant arriving at Ellis Island. The hands-on history lesson was led by the incredible Park Rangers as well as our own NY Rangers: Chris Kreider and Oscar Lindberg along with alumni Dave Maloney and Tom Laidlaw.   The amazing trip was part of the Garden of Dreams’ ‘Show Kids New York’ program.

Many thanks to the Garden of Dreams, the staff at Ellis Island, and the New York Rangers for hosting this fantastic experience for our children.

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NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative

golden-steps-co-opThe Center for Family Life’s Cooperative Development Program (CDP) has been incubating worker cooperatives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn for the past ten years. We have seen how our work has helped empower our community by supporting cooperative members in their quest for fair wages and dignified employment through their cooperative businesses. Since 2012, CDP has been helping other community-based organizations develop worker cooperatives through our NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative. With the generous support of the New York City Council, CFL will provide at least 6 months of training and technical assistance to selected “Implementer” organizations to incubate worker cooperatives in their communities.

If you would like to learn more about this Initiative, please take a look at our Request for Proposal. The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 21, 2016. Information Sessions will take place on October 21st and October 31st: To learn more and RSVP, please email Rachel Isreeli at risreeli@sco.org.

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SCO Family of Services Holds 3rd Annual Taft Academy Conference

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Event Attracts over 300 Clinicians, Educators, and Direct Service Professionals

Glen Cove, NY (September 28, 2016) – SCO Family of Services, a provider of essential human services for over 100 years, hosted the third in a series of annual professional development conferences for staff working with children, youth, and adults with special needs and developmental disabilities.  This year’s free SCO Taft Academy Conference, held September 20 and 21 at The Inn at New Hyde Park, attracted over 300 social workers, clinicians, case managers, educators, direct support professionals and other staff from SCO’s programs across New York City and Long Island.  Due to its popularity and relevance to today’s industry needs, the event was expanded to include participants from human services organizations throughout the metro area.

SCO’s Executive Director Douglas O’Dell kicked off the event by thanking the attendees for providing “the right combination of support, guidance, and care that makes the difference between a life of hardship and a life of promise” for people with developmental disabilities and special needs.

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SCO’s Westbrook Preparatory School Students Ready2Learn as They Welcome NYS Assemblyman Michael Montesano

montesano-studentExcited to begin the new school year, students and staff at SCO Family of Services’ Westbrook Preparatory School proudly hosted a recent visit by New York State Assemblyman Michael Montesano. September 16th was designated as Ready2Learn Day, a statewide day of outreach for special education schools like Westbrook.

Located in Westbury, Westbrook Preparatory School is the first residential New York State Regents junior/senior high school for students with Asperger syndrome, high functioning autism and related conditions. Westbrook provides a supportive, therapeutic environment that allows each student to develop the daily living skills and emotional strength to successfully manage life’s complex demands.

Following a tour of the school, Assemblyman Montesano listened to the personal experiences of students and parents and learned how their lives have been positively impacted by coming to Westbrook.

SCO Raises $446,000 at Annual Golf Open Honoring Thomas Fanning, Dennis Hackett, and Craig Treiber

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(September 22, 2016 – Glen Cove, NY) More than 170 golfers teed off on September 12 for the SCO Treiber Memorial Golf Open, 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 Family of Services provide vital services to more than 55,000 vulnerable children, teens, families, and adults with special needs each year across Long Island and New York City.

Golfers were treated to a picture perfect day as they hit the greens at two of the area’s premier golf courses – Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove and The Creek in Locust Valley. Golf was followed by a cocktail hour and dinner program at The Creek’s Beach House.

SCO honored three individuals at the Open for their commitment to the agency’s mission and those it serves: Thomas J. Fanning Sr., H. Craig Treiber, and Dennis Hackett. All three gentlemen are long-time supporters of the agency and have worked together over the years to make the golf event the success it has become. New York State Assembly Member Chad Lupinacci of the 10th Assembly District presented citations to the honorees for their service to SCO and children and families throughout the metropolitan area. [Read more…]

Early Education Stretches into Summer

©Marisol_Diaz_2016_ Morris_Koppelman_mg_9914Three- and four-year-olds at our Jerome Hardeman Early Childhood Education Center have been learning, reading and playing together all summer long, thanks to the generosity of the Sirus Fund, whose financial backing made our full-day Summer Extension Program a reality.

And after saying their ABC’s, our young learners are saying, “Om,” stretching their bodies and minds with child-friendly yoga classes offered at SCO’s Early Childhood Centers in Brownsville, thanks to the Sirus Fund. [Read more…]

Racing to Success: Our Beacon Center’s New STEM Racing Club

Using slot car racing as a fun, hands-on learning tool, our Family Dynamics Beacon Center‘s new STEM Racing Club gives middle school students at MS 35 in Bed-Stuy an accelerated course in science, technology, engineering and math.

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