SCO Family of Services Raises Record $89,000 at 38th Annual Madonna Heights Golf Classic

June 18, 2018 – Dix Hills, NY – Friends of SCO Family of Services’ Madonna Heights programs teed up June 7th for the 38th Annual Madonna Heights Golf Classic at the Woodside Club in Muttontown, Long Island, raising a record $89,000 to support the vital work of Madonna Heights to teach, strengthen and empower young and adult women to heal from trauma.

Jackie Tyree Kos and Al Kos of Farmingdale received the Madonna Heights Spirit Award for their commitment to the women and children served by SCO Madonna Heights.

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Foster Care Youth Sharpen Skills On and Off the Court

May 25, 2018 – Queens, NY  Young men in our family foster care and residential programs honed their court skills recently at a basketball clinic hosted at our Ottilie gym and run by current and former professional basketball players. There was a mentorship component as well as players and youth shared past experiences and discussed future goals and what it will take to achieve them.

This unique opportunity was part of a partnership with Cicatelli Associates (CAI) to strengthen healthy behaviors and provide positive role models for young men in foster care. Photos.

NYC Administration for Children’s Services Recognizes SCO’s Windy Vargas with Outstanding Provider Staff Award

May 24, 2018 – Manhattan, NY  Windy Vargas, SCO Training Specialist, received the Outstanding Provider Staff Award at NYC Administration for Children’s Services’ Sixth Annual LGBTQ & Ally Awards. The event, held at the Tweed Courthouse in Manhattan May 23rd, honored the leadership, contributions, and achievements of key stakeholders committed to promoting and affirming safe environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) children, youth, and families within foster care and juvenile justice settings in New York City. [Read more…]

SCO’s Karen Abreu-Rosano Inducted into the Women in Human Services Hall of Fame

April 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 induction of Karen Abreu-Rosano, Assistant Executive Director of SCO Family of Services’ Foster Care Programs, into the Women in Human Services Hall of Fame. Mrs. Abreu-Rosano was introduced by New York State Senator Leroy Comrie, who represents District 14, where one of SCO’s Foster Care programs is located, at a ceremony at the New York State Capitol Building in Albany March 13th.

Each year, SCO Family of Services helps find safe homes and caring families for hundreds of children and youth who have been placed in Foster Care – with the goal of family reunification. Behind every safe home and caring family stands Karen Abreu-Rosano. Mrs. Abreu-Rosano oversees Family Foster Care, Therapeutic Family Foster Care and Adoption, including health and mental health services for children in placement. She ensures that all children and youth in SCO’s Foster Care program have the opportunity to succeed and are supported in every way possible.

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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.

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.

Congratulations, Graduates!

June 30, 2017 – Glen Cove, NY – Graduations, Award Ceremonies, End-of-Year Performances…there was much to celebrate at SCO as the school year came to a close! Here are a few highlights:

Dreams became reality for the graduates of our three transfer high schools for over age, under-credited students: Bronx Arena High School, East Brooklyn Community High School and North Queens Community High School. The Class of 2017 received their Regents diplomas after overcoming obstacles and at times, self-doubt – persevering through hard work and determination.

Our Westbrook Preparatory School for teens with high functioning Autism celebrated the graduation of three youth who have become role models for their peers.

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Madonna Heights 37th Annual Golf Classic Raises Vital Funds for Women and Families

June 29, 2017 – Dix Hills, NY  – Friends of SCO Family of Services’ Madonna Heights programs teed up June 19th for the 37th Annual Madonna Heights Golf Classic in Syosset, Long Island. The event, held at the Woodside Club, raised funds to support the vital work of Madonna Heights to teach, strengthen and empower young and adult women to heal from trauma.

Jessica Sweeney of Northport received the Madonna Heights Spirit Award for her outstanding commitment to the women and children served by SCO Madonna Heights. Jessica has been very active in the Northport community, at her children’s schools, and has been involved with Madonna Heights since she was a young girl. Jessica has served as the Madonna Heights Ladies Auxiliary Publicity Officer, Vice President, and has held several terms as President. The Spirit Award honors “Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things” and celebrates women who have made a profound impact in the lives of their families and community.

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SCO’s Holly Brickey Receives Front Line Heroes Award

April 18, 2017 – Manhattan, NY – SCO Family of Services is proud to announce that Holly Brickey, a Senior Caseworker in SCO’s Close to Home Program, has been recognized by New York Nonprofit Media as a Front Line Hero. Every year, NYN Media recognizes Front Line Heroes from the nonprofit industry who work in the field directly helping clients and making their organizations’ goals a reality through hard work and dedication. Front Line Heroes display excellence in their commitment to serving those in need.

Holly Brickey was one of 20 Front Line Heroes from nonprofit agencies throughout New York who were recognized for their outstanding work at an Awards Banquet at 121 Fulton Street in Downtown Manhattan on April 18th.

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Building Leaders at Family Dynamics After School Program

March 23, 2017 – Brooklyn, NY   Students from our Family Dynamics East New York Middle School of Excellence (ENYMSE) After School Program have been participating in a leadership series, “Love Thy Self,” designed to build confidence and foster self-expression while developing connections with peers and staff.  The theme for this year’s “Love Thy Self” Leadership Series was “The Path to Success.”

Throughout the year, activities have focused on what it takes to be successful as individuals, as a school and within the community as well as the planning that is required to get there.  The program culminated in a weekend leadership retreat at the Fresh Air Fund’s Camp Mariah in the Hudson Highlands.

Activities at the retreat, which included a Low Ropes Building Course, a Setting Goals Workshop and Community Dance, emphasized planning, team building and self-expression. Students loved the experience of spending time away from the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn and the trip included firsts for many – like hiking, roasting marshmallows and sleeping in a cabin. Staff at ENYMSE plan to make the trip an annual event.

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