A Vision for Tele-Visiting
The Child Center of NY has been providing therapy and other behavioral health services by licensed mental health professionals for more than six decades. In 2016, we joined with advocacy groups for incarceration-involved families to form A Vision for Tele-Visiting.
This groundbreaking program extends our services to children facing the incredible hardship of parental incarceration. We provide the logistical, emotional, and wraparound support that assists families in maintaining meaningful relationships during a parent’s or significant family member’s incarceration and preparing for a successful reentry into family and community life. We know that with the right support, children and parents who have been touched by familial incarceration can rise above the obstacles — both emotional and practical — and build a future full of promise.
Beach 41st Cornerstone
426 Beach 40th Street
Far Rockaway, NY 11691
718-659-4000 ext. 228
163-18 Jamaica Avenue, 2nd Floor
Jamaica, NY 11432
115-15 Sutphin Boulevard
South Jamaica, NY 11434
- Services Provided: Regularly scheduled monthly tele-visits with incarcerated parent and/or significant family member; mental health support, including individual and family counseling; and wraparound services, such as job placement assistance and benefits counseling. Each tele-visiting session lasts for 45 minutes and is followed by a 15-minute session dedicated to processing the experience. Through our program, participants have the opportunity for in-person visits with incarcerated parents at Bedford, Taconic, Rikers, and youth detention centers in NYC.
- Ages: Youth ages 6-21 and their families.
- Admission Criteria: Children must live in New York State and be able to travel to our South Jamaica, Far Rockaway, or Long Island City site. They must have a parent or significant family member currently residing at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Taconic Correctional Facility, Rikers Island, or NYC Youth Detention facilities in order to participate in the tele-visiting program; family support component is open to families with a parent or loved one residing at any correctional facility.
*The South Jamaica Clinic is under renovation until the end of 2020 and has temporarily relocated to the Jamaica Family Wellness Center, 163-18 Jamaica Avenue, Second Floor, 718-297-8000.