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New Yorkers For Children is pleased to announce that it received $1.187 million dollars from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to create and launch the Nicholas Scoppetta Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund will support academic scholarships covering tuition, books and essential living expenses for students in foster care pursuing undergraduate degrees at the City University of New York (CUNY), as well as private colleges and universities in New York City. Click here to read press release.


Hello and Happy New Year!

My name is Peterson Rodriguez and I was recently elected President of the Youth Advisory Board (YAB). I’m looking forward to giving the YAB a fresh start and hope to create positive growth and change! We’re planning exciting new projects and will be more advocacy focused. As a Board, we are strong in unity and teamwork!

The YAB is starting 2016 with an open house to introduce the events we are planning. I’m eager to welcome everyone and offer a sneak peek into the year ahead. Definitely keep a look out because the YAB will be making waves!


Peterson Rodriguez, 2016 YAB President


Tiffany Challe, Development Associate

Tiffany is originally from France and grew up in a multi-cultural environment. She has lived in New York for eight years now, working as a singer and recently completed a Master’s degree in Sustainability Science and Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She has previously volunteered and worked for non-profit organizations that support underprivileged children and families. She is passionate about children, protecting the environment, and giving a voice to the vulnerable and strongly believes that music is one of the powerful ways to achieve this. She is thrilled to have joined New Yorkers for Children as Development Associate and looks forward to contributing to the programs that benefit youth in foster care.


Cassandra Rosser, Administrative Assistant


Cassandra Rosser has been with New Yorkers For Children since May 2014 and is responsible for all administrative tasks.  Prior to that, she was employed in various positions in higher education.

Subash Midha, Controller


Subash Midha has been with New Yorkers For Children since 2014 and is responsible for all financial activities of the organization. He came to NYFC from the American University in Cairo– the New York office. He has over 35 of years of experience working for different nonprofit organizations, universities, colleges and schools. He has also been teaching on a part time basis for the last 35 years in the areas of Finance and Accounting. He holds a M.Sc. from Delhi University and MS and MBA from State University of New York at Buffalo.

Erin Kuchar, Director of Development


Erin Kuchar has been with NYFC since 2014 and the Director of Development since 2015. Her work includes managing and developing NYFC’s fundraising efforts to support the organization’s mission of improving the lives of youth in foster care and engaging New Yorkers in that effort. She holds a Masters of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Psychology from Villanova University.

Catherine Hilyard, Youth Program Manager


Catherine loves and is honored to work with young people. She has worked with youth for seven years, and with children and families in the foster care system for the past four years. In her current role as Youth Program Manager with New Yorkers For Children, in partnership with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), she has the opportunity to gain a more macro view of the systems and issues that impacted her day-to-day work in direct service. She is especially passionate about youth development, social justice, social welfare policy, workforce development and increased college access for disconnected youth in foster care, the Sanctuary Model and trauma-informed practice, and criminal justice reform.


2016 Spring Dinner Dance

On April 7, 2016, New Yorkers For Children’s Friends Committee will celebrate the 13th Annual Spring Dinner Dance at the Mandarin Oriental, New York. Benefiting the nearly 11,000 youth in foster care in NYC, this festive and fashionable event typically sells out before the invitations are even mailed. Guests will enjoy cocktails, a luxury silent auction, dinner and dancing! The evening also features a programmatic live auction supporting NYFC’s Back-to-School Package Program.

For ticket and table information, please contact Jennifer Houston at

You can also download the Spring Dinner Dance response form here 





Youth Advisory Board (YAB)


Peterson Rodriguez

Vice President
Milcah Slater

Jamar Daniel

Jahlika Hamilton

Committee Members
Jermaine Christian
Lela Clement
Atheena Fraser
Jessica Jimenez-Mercado
Monica Rodriguez
Marlo Scott
Rae Toussaint
Anthony Turner
Jonathan Valerio
Hasan Williams

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#GivingTuesday 2015

This year, NYFC participated in #GivingTuesday, a global social movement in which individuals, families, charities, businesses around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage the joy of giving. #GivingTuesday is a special call to action, especially on social media, and we wanted to be part of this global day of giving in the name of youth in foster care.

Many donations came in for our Back-to-School (BTS) Package Program, which equips scholars with the tools they need to succeed in and out of the classroom. Thanks to our #GivingTuesday donors, NYFC’s BTS packages will be distributed in 2016 to youth enrolled in college and vocational programs. Each package includes a laptop, a 20-trip MetroCard, and a $100 Amazon gift care to purchase books.

NYFC’s very own staff shared their reasons for giving and supporting this important program on social media. They uploaded a collage of their “selfless” selfies to NYFC’s Instagram account.

Due to the campaign’s popularity, NYFC extended our #GivingTuesday outreach from December 1st to December 15th and directed donors to the Double the Donation website ( Using this link, supporters could determine if their company matched #GivingTuesday gifts and gained access to guidelines and instructions needed for submitting these donations.

Thank you again to everyone who continues to support NYFC and who selflessly gave on #GivingTuesday. We greatly appreciate your contributions and look forward to even more engagement next year!

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Meet the 2015 Spirit Award Recipient

Antoinette Kane, speaking at the Spirit Award 2015

Antoinette Kane is a 21 year-old Sociology major, who is beginning her senior year at Bard College. As a leader amongst her peers and within her community, Antoinette exemplifies the core values of the Spirit Award. She has achieved significant academic success and is committed to serving as a positive advocate for change.

When she was four years old, Antoinette witnessed the shooting of her mother. She heroically saved her mother’s life and identified the perpetrator. Giving her mother time to heal, Antoinette moved in with her grandfather and did not return to her mother’s care until she was nine. At the age of 14, Antoinette was placed in foster care and subsequently became responsible for her life decisions and survival. At 18, Antoinette decided to sign herself out of foster care. Determined to achieve success, Antoinette focused on her studies and realized education was the way to overcome the obstacles in her life.

After arriving at Bard College, Antoinette worked to establish herself as a student leader and social activist. She has led protests and campaigns to highlight the severity and prevalence of social issues such as systemic racism and gender inequality. Antoinette also helped launch Bard College’s first-ever peer mentor program, dedicated to helping teens in foster care, both socially and academically.

This educational scholarship will help pay for Antoinette’s academic expenses as she finishes her bachelor’s degree. Antoinette’s ultimate goal is to develop her own nonprofit organization dedicated to education, prison, and foster care reform.

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It’s a Wrap!

Thanks to our generous donors and supporters, our annual Wrap to Rap event at Macy’s on November 17, 2015 was a festive and lively success! The over 700 holiday gifts our volunteer wrapped will bring lots of joy to children in foster care!

NYFC’s Board of Directors, Friends Committee, Youth Advisory Board members, Youth Ambassadors, and Macy’s very own CEO, Chairman of the Board, President, and Director at Macy’s, Terry Lundgren joined forces to wrap over 700 holiday gifts for children in care. These presents will be distributed by the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to children staying at the ACS Children’s Center.

After wrapping the donated gifts to the beat of rap songs mixed by DJ D-Nice Jones, volunteers had a chance to hear a captivating “‘Twas the Night before Christmas” story by the one and only Santa Claus, much to their delight. Santa’s happy helpers, the elves were also present and welcomed guests to the Christmas décor of Santaland.

Finally, to conclude the evening, Terry Lundgren, NYFC Board member and Macy’s Chief Merchandise Planning Officer, Patti Ongman, Friends Committee Co-Chairs, Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy and Clare McKeon, and Youth Advisory Board leaders Anthony and Peterson acknowledged the tremendous impact NYFC has on youth in foster care. Anthony and Peterson raffled off prizes for the youth volunteers including Macy’s and Starbucks’ gift cards and Amazon Kindles!

In addition to providing much needed holidays gifts to these children, Wrap to Rap reminds our teen volunteers of the importance of giving back to their communities. Thank you to all for sharing in the spirit of the season and brightening the holiday for a child in care!

Donor Privacy Policy

New Yorkers For Children is committed to respecting the privacy of its donors and has a Donor Privacy Policy in place to honor their rights.

General Collection and Use of Donor Information:
New Yorkers For Children collects and uses personal donor information such as name, address, phone number, and e-mail address when a donor voluntarily provides it to us. In addition, New Yorkers For Children keeps a record of each donor’s giving history. This information is kept on file for IRS purposes and is used to analyze overall giving patterns and to make accurate budget projections.

No Sharing of Personal Information:
New Yorkers For Children will not sell, trade, or share the personal information of its donors with any other party, nor will it send mailings on behalf of other organizations. The identity of all donors will be kept strictly confidential.

Removal from Mailing List:
At any time, donors may notify New Yorkers For Children of their desire to be removed from the mailing list and New Yorkers For Children will take the necessary action.



The NYFC Back-to-School Package Program provides youth in foster care enrolled in college or an accredited vocational program with the tools necessary to succeed during their entire educational experience. Packages are sent each semester that the student is enrolled in college up to age 25.

**Students who received an Exception to Policy (ETP) are still in care, and therefore will be registered by their agency, not through this application.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Were formerly in foster care in New York City until at least age 18
  • Be under age 25
  • Be registered to attend college or a vocational training program for the upcoming semester


To Apply

This year’s application is now closed and will re-open in January 2016.


Contact Catherine Hilyard, Youth Program Manager, or 646.257.2930




The Charles Evans Emergency Educational Fund is set up to help youth who were formerly involved in the foster care system in New York City, ages 21-25, to complete or further their studies or educational endeavors. The Fund assists these youth who encounter an unforeseen or unusual financial emergency that would prevent them from continuing their education without interruption. The Fund’s long-term goal is to use its financial resources to help a wide range of students to graduate from college. The Fund is not intended to be used for routine expenses or as a consistent supplement to a student’s educational funding source. Requests must be urgent in nature.

  Download the application here


In partnership with Youth Communications and Children’s Services, NYFC launched a new website, the first of its kind, dedicated to the specific needs of youth transitioning out of foster care. The site serves as a significant resource for these young men and women, helping them to make a successful transition to adult life. Young people have the unique opportunity to contribute their own stories to the site, allowing youth to communicate with and learn from each other.

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The Center for the Study of Social Policy
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Parfums Christian Dior
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Elizabeth Wellman
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Make It Happen For Youth In Foster Care

“NYFC has inspired me by making my dreams a reality.” -Ishmael, Spirit Award Recipient

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, NYFC continues to have a tremendous impact on the lives of children in foster care in New York City. Please click the button below to provide young people in foster care with the tools and resources they need to achieve academic success.

Our Mission

New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) works in partnership with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to improve the prospects of children supported by the child welfare system and to engage New Yorkers in that effort. With a focus on young people in foster care, NYFC supports programs that promote paths to stable adulthood through education and sustainable relationships with caring adults.

2011 Fall Gala

NYFC celebrated the 2011 Fall Gala on Tuesday, September 20th at Cipriani 42, raising over $1.7 million to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks was honored with the Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award for his work with at-risk youth. The evening’s program was hosted by youth in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs.

The 2011 Fall Gala Co-Chairs were Oscar de la Renta, Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Lise and Michael Evans, Kevin and Erika Liles, Ashley and Jeff McDermott, Shirin von Wulffen and Frédéric Fekkai, with Nicholas Scoppetta as the honorary chair. The Fall Gala is NYFC’s major annual fundraising event to provide young people in foster care in New York City with the support that every child deserves. The evening featured dinner, dancing, live auction, and a special musical performance by piano iconoclast ELEW.

NYFC recognized Carmelo for his extensive philanthropic work benefitting at-risk youth. A product of Brooklyn’s Red Hook Projects, Carmelo’s accomplishments extend well beyond the court. Some of his work includes the creation of the Carmelo Anthony Foundation, which helps empower and provide opportunities for underserved kids and families and the co-founding of Courts 4 Kids, a program that finds and refurbishes courts in underserved areas. In 2006, The Giving Back Fund, the premier philanthropic resource for the sports and entertainment communities, ranked Carmelo in their top ten of the “Giving Back 30″ report on celebrity philanthropists in America.

Vice Chairs of the 2011 Fall Gala were Debbie Bancroft, Donya and Scott Bommer, Susan L. Burden, Alina Cho, Chris Del Gatto, Beth Rudin DeWoody , Selita Ebanks, Amanda and Jonathan Eilian, Susan and Tony Gilroy, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Marina Killery and David Orentriech, Pia and David Ledy, Julie and William Macklowe, Nina B. Matis, Mary Kathryn and Alexander Navab, Scott and Candice Posner, Shafi Roepers, Christine and Stephen Schwarzman, George Sharp, Susan Shin, Kelly and Jay Sugarman, Philip and Viktoria von Wulffen, Vanessa Weiner von Bismark, and Stephanie and David Wolkoff.

CIRCA and St. John were the leading sponsors of the Fall Gala. Additional sponsors included BNY Mellon, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Tommy Hilfiger Group, American Express, Ann Taylor, BET Networks, Community Collection, Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, Dior Beauty, Frederic Fekkai, Hugo Boss, J.Crew, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, La Perla, KWL Enterprises, Longchamp, MAC Cosmetics, Macy’s and Bloomingdales, North Shore LIJ Health System, Oscar de la Renta, Prada and Saks Fifth Avenue. Ann Taylor dressed the youth in attendance and M•A•C Cosmetics and Frédéric Fekkai provided makeup and hairstyling.

During the Gala, Sotheby’s Vice Chairman Jamie Niven hosted a live auction providing Gala attendees the opportunity to support youth in foster care as they strive to achieve their educational goals. David Stark Design and Production created event décor for the fifth consecutive year, designing an environment reflective of NYFC’s commitment to helping young people succeed. Music was provided by D-Nice during dancing.

A short film by filmmakers Kat Westergaard and Chris Ciancimino was shown during the program that illustrates the challenges that young people in foster care face as they pursue a college education without traditional family support. The film features past NYFC Spirit Award recipient, Glenn Coleman, as he continues his education at graduate school and newly announced NYFC Guardian Scholar, Vanessa Louis, a freshman at Kingsborough Community College.

Guardian Scholars Program

The NYFC Guardian Scholars program is a comprehensive program for youth in foster care who are enrolled at Hunter College, John Jay College, City College, and Kingsborough Community College. These youth are forced to make difficult transitions into adulthood, often without traditional family support. The Guardian Scholars program provides essential financial, academic, and emotional support to help students become successful, self-sufficient adults.

Learn more about the program

Network to Success

Network to Success events provide high school and college students in foster care with exposure to a variety of industries and potential career paths as they begin to formulate plans for their future. Students are invited to meet a “dream team” of professionals from diverse industries such as sports, fashion, and entertainment and learn about potential careers.

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Apply to be the next NYFC Spirit Award Winner!

The NYFC Spirit Award is a $10,000 scholarship awarded each year to a young person in foster care who is succeeding in college. The recipient is a young person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, a commitment to community, and the determination and ability to overcome the barriers to academic success. The NYFC Spirit Award is presented at the Annual Fall Gala and the recipient becomes a youth liaison to NYFC.

The application deadline is June 15th.

2010 NYFC Spirit Award Recommendation Form

2010 NYFC Spirit Award Application Form


Annual Fall Gala

On Tuesday, September 30th, New Yorkers For Children will host  their 15th Annual Fall Gala to benefit youth in foster care in New York City.  This year’s gala honors North Shore -LIJ Health Systems President and CEO Michael Dowling for his steadfast commitment and unwavering dedication to children in foster care.

Co-Chairs of the 2014 Fall Gala included  Lise and Michael Evans,  Dayssi and Paul Kanavos,  Christine and Richard Mack, and Stephanie Winston and David Wolkoff.

View our Fall Gala films

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Annual Friends Committee Spring Dinner Dance — A Fool’s Fête

Monday, April 21, 2014, the Friends Committee of New Yorkers For Children will host the Eleventh Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête Presented by Lauren X Khoo. Join Event Chairs Alina Cho, Natalia Gottrett Echavarria, Nicole Esposito, Lydia Fenet, Elisabeth Noel Jones, Amy McFarland, Clare McKeon, Susan Shin, and Honorary Chair Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos in supporting New York City’s youth in foster care with the purchase of a ticket or table to the event.

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Wrap to Rap Holiday Gift Wrapping Event

On Tuesday, November 29th, NYFC hosted the Ninth Annual “Wrap to Rap” holiday gift wrapping event. The NYFC Board, Friends Committee, and Youth Advisory Board were joined by 100 teens in foster care to wrap over 1,200 gifts for younger children in care as DJ D-Nice spun hip hop and holiday classics. The wrapped presents will be distributed by the Administration for Children’s Services to children in foster care throughout New York City.

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Children of Incarcerated Parents Program

The Children of Incarcerated Parents Program (CHIPP) offers a visiting program at Rikers Island and to City, State and Federal correctional facilities for those children in foster care whose parents are incarcerated.  NYFC supports a Special Events and Holiday Program and Photo Program to help ensure that the bonds between children and their parents are maintained.

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Board of Directors

Eric Brettschneider

Vice President
Susan L. Burden, MSW

Scott Posner

Lauren Shortt Pinto

Commissioner, Administration for Children’s Services
Gladys Carrión

Executive Director
Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez

Board Members
Nicole Arnaboldi
Jon Blum
Donya Archer Bommer
Brentin Brown-Bullock
Gladys Carrión
Kathryn Conroy
Vanessa Cornell
Lise B. Evans
Susan Egbert Gilroy
Larry Harris
Nancy Jarecki
Louis Klein
Kevin Liles
Dorina Spelman Link
Jessica Maxwell
Jennifer Mieres
Patti Ongman
Steve Pemberton
Nana Smith
Kelly Behun Sugarman
Lauran Tuck
Shirin von Wulffen
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff

Founder and President Emeritus
Nicholas Scoppetta

Nicholas Scoppetta, Founder d. 2016
Geoffrey Canada
Oscar de la Renta d. 2014
Daniel Kronenfeld
Anna Wintour

Advisory Board
Beth Rudin DeWoody
Jack O’Kelley, III

NYFC Partnership with ACS


New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) serves as the nonprofit partner for and works in support of the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). This partnership provides NYFC the unique opportunity to significantly impact New York City’s child welfare system. Throughout the year, NYFC and ACS collaborate on larger initiatives, which test best practices for serving New York City’s youth in care. NYFC currently funds several ACS initiatives, which are aimed at improving the lives of youth transitioning out of foster care. For more information on ACS, please visit their website at

The following are a few initiatives NYFC is currently supporting:

Civil Service Pathways for Youth in Foster Care and Juvenile Justice

ACS is developing a program design to support the readiness of young people to compete and secure civil service positions.  ACS’ Office of Child and Youth Initiatives (OCYI) will recruit youth in foster care and coordinate with the Division of Youth and Family Justice to identify youth in non-secure placement that express an interest in applying for a civil service exam.

College and Career Matrix for Youth in Foster Care

The ACS Office of Education Support and Policy Planning (OESPP) will institute a community scan in neighborhoods where a large number of teens in foster care reside to determine existing educational and vocational resources.  An advisor will create a College and Career Asset Map to showcase services and opportunities and will develop a direct referral system that will track a student’s inquiry from start to finish including an after-referral outcome assessment.

Driver’s Education for ACS-Involved Youth

ACS will explore the feasibility of training young people with ACS involvement in driver’s education including planning for a new initiative that would be implemented on a wider-scale.  Part of the feasibility assessment would include engaging driving schools with particular attention to those offering a driving career track.

Employee Well-Being Support Program

ACS will design an Employee Well-Being Support Program including staff focus groups and culling responses from an anonymous feedback/suggestions on-line in-box, classifying the most prevalent health issues among staff and identifying evaluative and assessment tools to track employee well-being outcomes.

LGBQ Population Count & Youth Climate Survey

ACS will design and conduct a two-phase LGBTQ foster care population count and youth climate survey.  The goal of these two phases is to learn how to best design and implement this survey system-wide, to establish a baseline estimate of LGBTQ youth in foster care, and to gain a better understanding of what the climate is life for these young people.

Awareness Events

Several times throughout the year, New Yorkers For Children hosts awareness events to reinforce the relationship between NYFC supporters and our corporate sponsors. Recent corporate partners have included Bergdorf Goodman, ESCADA, Vince Camuto, Roger Vivier, CD Greene, Tory Burch, Solange Azagury-Partridge, St. John, CIRCA, Prada, HONOR, and Chloé.

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Network to Success

Twice annually, New Yorkers For Children hosts Network to Success events.  These networking events provide more than 150 young people in foster care, who are high school and college students, with the opportunity to network with a “dream team” of professionals in various industries and learn about exciting career opportunities. Panelists are able to provide invaluable insight and inspiration to the young adults in foster care, who greatly benefit from career exposure and guidance.

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Our staff

Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez
Executive Director

Ellen Ampofo
Youth Academic Advisor

Yeymi Hoffmans
Director of Finance

Taj Haider
Director of Development

Vanessa Marquez
Director of Communications and Marketing

Cassandra Rosser
Administrative Assistant

Debra Stumpf
Administrative Director

Youth Spotlights

Katia, John Jay College

Katia will be entering her last semester this fall. She is studying Forensic Psychology at John Jay College. She is described as a diligent student whose example inspires the other youth at her foster care agency. She was placed into foster care after losing her mother to a violent act. She did not let this tragedy destroy the dreams she had set for herself. She wanted to fulfill her mother’s wishes for her and her brothers – and that is to pursue a college education.

Seong, Hunter College
Seong is finishing her junior year at the Macaulay Honors Program, a CUNY program for academically gifted students. She is passionate about women’s rights, especially surrounding reproductive and sexual health, and is interested in studying International Relations.

Seong was recently selected as an essay contest winner for Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) essay competition on sexual and reproductive health rights of teenagers. She was invited to attend a three-day summit at Washington, DC. She has also participated in the Columbia University Science Honors Program and the Smith College Summer Science and Engineering Program, learning more about human physiology/psychology and women’s global/domestic health issues, respectively.

Due to her experiences in foster care, Seong feels a desire to give back to her community. She was the President of Amnesty International chapter at her school and has been civically engaged in the Korean community through her involvement in the Korean American Voters’ Council and the Korean American Youth Foundation.

Amara, John Jay College
Amara is a senior at John Jay College. He began his college career at Kingsborough Community College, where he received his Associate’s Degree.  Amara is originally from the Republic of Guinea and moved to the United States with his brother at the age of 16. Both were immediately placed into foster care. He has witnessed tremendous violence and loss in his home country. He quickly learned English and graduated high school a semester early and with Honors.

College has always been a goal for Amara. He was inspired by a friend who graduated from college and achieved his dreams. With hard work, Amara knew he would be able to succeed in college as well. He would be the first member of his family to have the opportunity to attend college and he hopes to inspire his younger brother to be on a similar path.

Our friends

Established by the Board of Directors of NYFC in 2002, The Friends of New Yorkers For Children (The Friends Committee) is composed of New Yorkers who support the goals and plans of NYFC. Members of The Friends Committee help to support and participate in programs for children and young people who are in foster care and raise awareness of NYFC.

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