KidsPeace, the 130-Year Old Children's Charity, Becomes Part of the Ithaca Community
to ProvideFoster Care to Kids with Special Needs
KidsPeace, the 130-year old children’s charity, has opened its doors in Ithaca to help provide foster care to local children striving to overcome crises in their young lives. The new program will allow KidsPeace to serve children in foster homes in the local community, giving them an opportunity to stay near familiar surroundings, rather than moving farther away from home.
On Tuesday, November 8, KidsPeace hosted an Open House at its new office location, 179 Graham Road in Ithaca. Prospective foster parents, the local county Departments of Social Services, other local child service organizations and local businesses were in attendance.
Representatives from the offices of U.S. Congressman Maurice Hinchey and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand were in attendance. The start-up of the program is being funded by a federal grant secured by Representative Hinchey. "KidsPeace therapeutic foster care program is going to make a difference in the lives of countless children throughout the region," said Hinchey. "I was pleased to secure $250,000 in federal funding to help bring this program to Ithaca, because of the numerous foster children in need of the emotional and behavioral support this program will provide. Today's grand opening is only the beginning, and I look forward to seeing the work they do in the years ahead." Senator Gillibrand sent a letter of congratulations, which was read aloud during the presentation.
The special guest speaker for the event was the Honorable David M. Brockway, Acting Justice for Chemung County Supreme Court and Judge for Chemung County Family Court. Justice Brockway gave a special interactive presentation on “Judicial Perspectives: What Foster Parents and Caseworkers Should Know,” sharing his knowledge and vast experience, which foster parents and professionals alike found helpful and informative.
The KidsPeace Ithaca Foster Care & Community Program, the sixth foster care and community programs location operated by KidsPeace in the state of New York and the 36th of its kind in eight states and the District of Columbia, offers a specialized form of foster care known as therapeutic foster care programming, which provides caring, well trained, licensed foster homes and families to children with emotional and mental health needs who have great potential to be successful within their communities. The Ithaca program will recruit and certify local foster homes for children, providing the home- and community-based services they so desperately need to feel safe, heal from their emotional scars and experience a sense of home, family and community. A supportive, caring foster family can give youth in crisis a sanctuary and can prevent cycles of their past from determining the course of their future.
Understanding the effects of trauma experienced by the youth we serve, and recognizing the need to address these effects, KidsPeace has developed a Model of Care based on the studies and research around promoting resilience in youth. Toward this end, KidsPeace has been an integral participant in the development of a program called “Together Facing the Challenge,” participating in two NIMH- (National Institute for Mental Health) funded studies conducted by the Behavioral Health research staff at Duke University. “Together Facing the Challenge” is a training curriculum and program designed to further enhance therapeutic foster care and includes effective community-based treatment practices for youth with emotional and behavioral disorders. This skills curriculum was recently deemed a highly esteemed “Evidence Based Practice” through the California Evidence-Based Clearing House.
The KidsPeace Ithaca Foster Care and Community Programs will benefit from the resources and expertise of the nearly 130-year history of KidsPeace. KidsPeace, established in 1882, is a time-tested children’s charity dedicated to helping children overcome crises in their young lives. KidsPeace, whose mission is to provide hope, help and healing to children, families and communities, operates programs in ten states and the District of Columbia with a continuum that includes community-based programming, therapeutic foster care (36 locations), web-based counseling, residential treatment, educational services and inpatient psychiatric hospitalization.
To learn more about becoming a foster parent, please contact:
KidsPeace Ithaca Foster Care & Community Programs Office
179 Graham Road, Suite C, Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-216-9785 Web: www.kidspeace.org; www.fostercare.com