Ryan’s Story

At 7 years old, Ryan was removed from his mother’s home and placed in SCO’s Foster Care program. Options for exploring his interests and creativity were limited. But that all changed for Ryan when his mentor at SCO encouraged and empowered him to pursue his dreams.

This mentorship broadened Ryan’s world and opened doors to opportunities. He discovered his abilities and strengths, nurtured a love for science, and developed his networking skills. Today, Ryan is proud to pay his experience forward by mentoring, encouraging, and guiding younger children at SCO.

Ryan is now a sophomore majoring in Biology at Jamestown Community College. SCO assisted him with transportation, college applications, and opportunities for financial aid to help him fulfill his potential and continue his education.

“Thank you for investing in my future,” said Ryan. “There is so much I would not have been able to do without the care and support that I received from SCO Family of Services.”

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Medical & Developmental Supports – Queens

Specialized Medical & Developmental Supports provides supportive services for families in which a caregiver or child has a medical condition or developmental disability. Also known as intensive preventive services, this program offers the same basic services offered by our Family Support Programs, but these services are modified and/or intensified to meet the family’s specific needs.  The program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach involving case planners, case aides, nurses and a developmental specialist to meet the needs of families, including advocacy support and referrals.

Who Can Benefit from this Program

Families in need of parenting support and help finding resources to strengthen their families / families with involvement with Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) due to alleged abuse or neglect.

Age Criteria or Other Eligibility Requirements

Families who are pregnant or with children under 18, with a family member with a medical condition or developmental delay, in Queens

How to Access this Program or Service

Contact the program director at 718.526.7533

Success Stories

Ryan’s Story

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106

children were adopted by loving forever families

Last year, we helped

418

adults become employed heads of households