SCO’s LGBTQ Program Honored with “Excellence in Practice” Award

SCO’s LGBTQ program received the “Excellence in Practice” Award from New York City Administration for Children’s Services in recognition of their superior practice and exceptional work with LGBTQ youth in foster care.

Deputy Commissioner Julie Farber and Associate Commissioner Neil Friedman presented the award at ACS’ Quarterly Foster Care Directors Meeting on September 18th. Our LGBTQ team was one of five groups/individuals recognized for their work. [Read more…]

SCO’s Flushing Family Residence Hosts Back to School Community Fair

August 31, 2018 – Brooklyn, NY – Lots of surprises were in store for residents of SCO Family of Services’ Flushing Family Residence at their 1st Annual Back to School Community Fair. Special guest New York Knicks center Enes Kanter hand delivered backpacks filled with school supplies to the children who currently live at the Brooklyn shelter.

Attendees were treated to great food and lots of activities including face painting, balloon animals, a clown appearance and more. Renowned DJ Boof lent his musical talents to keep the party energized.

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SCO “College Shower” Prepares Brownsville Youth for College Life

August 4, 2018 – Brooklyn, NY  SCO Family of Services hosted a “College Shower” at The Gregory Jackson Center for Brownsville on August 4th for college bound freshmen from Brownsville and neighboring communities.

SCO partnered with Community Solutions to provide each student a free college pack filled with essential school and dorm supplies, teach students what to expect as they enter college and inform them about resources available to help smooth the transition to college life. The College Shower also offered attendees an ongoing community of support that they can turn to for guidance and encouragement throughout their college experience.

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SCO Receives Rave Reviews from COA

July 26, 2018 – Glen Cove, NY  The Council on Accreditation just finished up their re-accreditation review of SCO, a process that occurs every four years. A team of eight peer reviewers spent four days reviewing case records, interviewing staff at all levels and observing our settings and our work. In all, they visited 38 programs throughout NYC and Long Island.

Our COA peer reviewers spoke about SCO’s strong leadership, engaged Board and they couldn’t say enough good things about our staff and the work they do. Across programs, they noted the emphasis on respecting clients, providing individualized treatment and maintaining family connections. Their conclusion: SCO has great programs and excellent staff.

SCO Residential Treatment Facility Receives $600,000 Grant

July 24, 2018 – Dix Hills, NY  SCO was awarded a 3-year, $600,000 contract from the NYS Office of Mental Health to enhance services at our Madonna Heights Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) that provides intensive residential mental health services for adolescent girls.

The goal of the pilot is to reduce the amount of time residents stay in the RTF by focusing on community reintegration and providing a host of after-care resources to keep young people connected. It will also offer RTF residents and families the opportunity to have an active and meaningful voice in all decisions that affect them.

SCO’s Laurel Salmon Receives AFTA Award

July 20, 2018 – Bronx, NY  We’re so proud of Laurel Salmon, Program Director of our Courtlandt Avenue Clinic in the Bronx, on receiving American Family Therapy Academy’s (AFTA) Early Career Award! Laurel was recognized for her outstanding achievement and potential and was presented with her award at AFTA’s annual conference. Laurel’s award and her accomplishments were featured in an article by Mercy College.

Congratulations, C.H.A.M.P.s!

July 20, 2018 – Glen Cove, NY  Congratulations Darlene Ellison and Teresa Buckingham – SCO’s Spring 2018 C.H.A.M.P. winners! Darlene, a Caseworker in our Queens West Foster Care program, has been with SCO since 2012. Teresa, a Campus Supervisor at our Madonna Heights Group Residence, has been working with us since 1995. Both women were nominated by their managers for their employee values of Communication, Honesty, Achievement, Mission and Passion (C.H.A.M.P.) Each winner received a $500 award in recognition of their commitment.

SCO Fathers’ Program Named Fatherhood Program of the Year

July 18, 2018 – Brooklyn, NY  Congratulations to our Fathers’ Program on being named Department of Youth and Community Development’s Fatherhood Initiative Program of the Year! The program helps fathers reconnect with their children and develop essential parenting skills through classes, workshops, and support groups — plus special events for the whole family.

Close to Home Youth Get Cookin’

July 18, 2018 – Queens, NY  Bruschetta and Chicken Satay were among the culinary delights prepared by the young men in our Queens Close to Home program at a tasting they organized for family and staff. It was a celebration of the cooking talents they had honed in their weekly culinary class led by C2H youth specialist Naji Peters. In addition to learning their way around a stove, they learned about table etiquette, converting measurements and reading recipes. They even created their own individual recipe books!

Comics Come to Life

July 18, 2018 – Queens, NY  Renowned comic book artist Agnes Garbowska stopped by our Theresa Paplin Comic Book Club to visit our young people. Agnes has illustrated for some of the top comic book publishers and is currently working on the bestselling “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” comic book from IDW comics. She shared her experiences, answered questions and even did a drawing of a favorite character for each of our students. It was an amazing experience!

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