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Awards and Citations

In the summer of 2012, Center for Family Life was honored to accept an invitation by the United Nations to a conference on New York City cooperatives and sustainable development. Designated as the International Day of Cooperatives, the event featured a presentation by our Cooperative Coordinator, Vanessa Bransburg. She introduced the audience to the Center’s successful partnership with immigrant women in Sunset Park to launch worker-owned businesses.

In fall 2009, the Center received a Families Count: Family Strengthening Award from United Neighborhood Houses (UNH).

In spring 2009, Congresswoman Nydia Valesquez commended the Center for Family Life for hosting and donating free bilingual tax preparation services at 43rd Street in Brooklyn.

“Life Lines” Community Arts Project was featured in a “Best Practices” Gallery at the 2006 “Reimagining Afterschool” Conference in Washington, DC, sponsored by the Afterschool Alliance and Citizens’ Schools.

“Life Lines” Community Arts Project received the 2003 Coming Up Taller Award for outstanding work in the arts with underserved youth, presented by Laura Bush in a White House ceremony. The award is conferred annually by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.

“Life Lines” received the Chancellor’s Caring Community Award from the New York City Department of Education in 2002.

Center for Family Life was one of ten Brooklyn school programs selected for the Brooklyn Borough President’s 2000 Excellence in Educational Initiatives Award, which recognized our Arts Leadership Project at Middle School 136.

The Presidential Points of Light Award was given to Center for Family Life in 2000, “in recognition of Excellence in Community Service Directed Toward Solving Community Problems.”

The Annie E. Casey Foundation recognized Center for Family Life with a Family Honors Award in 2000.



Publications featuring Center for Family Life
Andrea Gonzalez, Gretchen Lord, Julia Jean-Francois, Bela Rex-Kiss, “Parents Beyond Borders: A social group work curriculum for supporting immigrant parents and building solidarity,” Social Work with Groups, 35, 2012, 118-24.

Helene Onserud, Julie Stein Brockway and Kristie Mancell, “The Social Group Work Approach: Promoting Individual Growth and Community Building,” in Practices To Keep In After-School and Youth Programs, Youth Development Institute, the Tides Center, 2010.

John Kixmiller with Andrew White and Rob Fischer, “A Schoolyard in Brooklyn: Strengthening Families and Communities through the Innovative Use of Public Space,” Center for New York City Affairs, The New School for Management and Urban Policy, June 2007.

Edward J. Mullen, Jennifer L. Bellamy, Sarah E. Bledsoe and Julia Jean Francois, “Teaching Evidence-Based Practice,” Research on Social Work Practice,17.5, 2007.

Roger Weisberg and Murray Nossel, Public Policy Productions: “Why Can’t We Be A Family Again?” documentary film nominated for an Academy Award in 2003. It was shown on Public Television in January 2004.

Peg McCart Hess, Brenda G. McGowan and Michael Botsko, Nurturing the One, Supporting the Many: The Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York: Columbia University Press, 2002

Roger Weisberg and Murray Nossel, Public Policy Productions: A Brooklyn Family Tale, documentary film, for national television, 2002.

Susan Blank, Good Works, monograph published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, summarizing research project by the Columbia University School of Social Work, 2000.

Peg McCartt Hess, Brenda McGowan and Michael Botsko, “A Preventive Services Program Model for Preserving and Supporting Families Over Time,” in Child Welfare, May/June 2000. Michael Shapiro, Solomon’s Sword, New York: Random House, 1999.

Elizabeth Schorr, Common Purpose, New York: Doubleday, 1997.

Michael Shapiro, “Child Support,” The New York Magazine, March 17, 1997.

Dale Russakoff, “The Protector,” The New Yorker, April 21, 1997.

Alfred J. Kahn and Sheila B. Kamermen, eds., Children and Their Families in Big Cities, Strategies for Service Reform. New York: Cross-National Studies Research Program, Columbia University School of Social Work, 1996.

Roger Rosenblatt, “Dream Children: An Essay,” in Pursuing the Dream by Stephen Shames, New York: Aperture, 1997.

Roger Rosenblatt, “The Society that Pretends to Love Children,” New York Times Magazine, October 8, 1995.

Jonathan Freedman, From Cradle to Grave: The Human Face of Poverty in America, New York: Athenium Press, 1993.

Ethel Sheffer, The Center for Family Life and the Sunset Park Community, study carried out for the Surdna Foundation and the Foundation for Child Development, 1992.

Comprehensive Services Integration Programs for At-Risk Youth. Study conducted by the Urban Institute of Washington, D.C. under contract to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, 1992. This was a study of nine programs across the country, including the Center for Family Life.

Roger Weisberg, Our Children at Risk, documentary, 1991.

Steve Lerner, The Geography of Foster Care: Keeping the Children in the Neighborhood. New York: Foundation for Child Development, 1990.

Alex Gitterman, ed. Handbook of Social Work with Vulnerable Populations. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990. Chapter 12, by Brenda G. McGowan and Emily Stutz.

Elizabeth Schorr, Within Our Reach, New York: Anchor Press, 1988.

Brenda G. McGowan et al., The Continuing Crisis: New York’s Response to Families Requiring Protective and Preventive Services. New York: Neighborhood Family Services Coalition, 1986.


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