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Home- and Office-Based
Prevention Services


Nasrin found out about our Prevention and Family Support services when her son attended our Head Start program.

The Child Center of NY understands that the vast majority of parents want to do well by their children and will do so, given the right skills, education, counseling, and support—tools that we provide. Our programs serve families with children at risk of abuse, neglect, or foster care placement, as well as those who simply need extra support.

We offer evidence-based general preventive services for families with children ages 0-21. Our HALE programs include direct support to adolescents and also to their caregivers, whom we help to develop effective parenting skills. All of our programs help families develop new patterns so they can meet challenges safely and constructively—now and in the future.

Elmhurst Preventive Program

Field Office:
Hank Auffarth Family Center
81-14 Queens Boulevard
Elmhurst, NY 11373
Phone: 917-933-6935
Fax: 347-392-4418

Administrative Office:
118-35 Queens Boulevard, Sixth Floor
Forest Hills, NY 11375

  • Associate Director: Yolanda Vega,
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Special unit serves families at-risk because of a parent/guardian struggling with mental illness or substance abuse.
  • Ages accepted: Families with children, ages newborn to 21
  • Languages spoken: Cantonese, English, Russian, Spanish
  • Transportation: Subway—R or M to Grand Avenue; Buses—Q53, Q58, Q60


The Jamaica Family Center*
115-15 Sutphin Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11434
Phone: 718-651-7770, ext. 6892
Fax: 718-262-8228

  • Associate Director: Denise Baird,
  • Hours: Mon and Thurs: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tues, Wed, & Fri: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Special unit serves families at risk because of a parent/guardian struggling with mental illness or substance abuse.
  • Ages accepted: Families with children, ages newborn to 18
  • Languages spoken: Creole, English, Spanish
  • Transportation: Bus–Q6.


The Preventive Program at Basie Beacon at MS 72
133-25 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Room 209.1
Jamaica, NY 11434
Phone: 718-276-7728
Fax: 718-528-7726

  • Associate Director: Myriam Howell
  • Hours: Tues & Thurs: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Mon, Wed & Fri: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Ages accepted: Families with children, ages newborn to 21.
  • Languages spoken: English, Haitian Creole
  • Transportation: Buses—Q111 & Q113, LIRR


Trude Weishaupt Center**
140-15B Sanford Avenue
Flushing, NY 11355
Phone: 718-539-2500
Fax: 718-539-1994 or 718-358-5265

  • Program Director: Nelly Marte,
  • Hours: Mon & Wed: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tues & Thurs: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Special unit serves families at-risk because of a parent/guardian struggling with mental illness or substance abuse.
  • Special services: Staff has special expertise in working with at-risk families with children ages newborn to 5; parent workshops available for parents of children of all ages.
  • Ages accepted: Families with children ages newborn to 21
  • Languages spoken: Bengali, English, Mandarin, Spanish
  • Transportation: Subway—#7 to Main Street, Flushing; Buses—Q17, Q20, A/B, Q25, Q32, Q34, Q44, Q65; LIRR


Holding Adolescents in Loving Environments (HALE)

HALE uses evidence-based family interventions to reduce the risk of abuse and foster care placement. Our HALE III program is for families with court-involved youth ages 11-17. This program is known as a “diversion” program, because it diverts youth from future court involvement. However, the program offers much more:  HALE staff work with whole families to create new, constructive patterns so that they can live up to their potential as individuals and as a family. Please take a look at this Q&A with our HALE III Team for an inside look.

HALE III163-18 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432
Phone: 718-228-0720
Fax: 718-228-0730

  • HALE III Program Director: Elizabeth Traverso, LCSW-R, ext. 232
  • Hours: Mon & Fri: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues-Thurs, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Special services: Linkages to services and entitlements
  • Ages accepted: Families with children ages 11-17 who are at risk of out-of-home placement or involved with family court.
  • Admission Criteria: Families must be referred by ACS, DAS, Probation Department, Family Court, or be involved in the juvenile justice system.
  • Languages spoken: Creole, English, Spanish. Interpretation services available for families who speak other languages.



Jamaica Family Wellness Center
163-18 Jamaica Avenue, 2nd Floor
Jamaica, NY 11432
Phone: 347-571-2441

  • Senior Project Director: Paulette Diggs, LCSW-R
  • Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Services provided: Vocational program for young adults who are facing emotional and behavioral challenges. Program offers HSE (high school equivalency) preparation, vocational assessment, evidence-based job readiness workshops (Career Club), paid internships, job placement, lifestyle groups, and supportive counseling.
  • Special services: JobNet is one of six DOHMH (Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)-funded Adolescent Skills Centers within NYC, offering participants paid internships where they can earn a stipend and explore the world of work.
  • Ages accepted: 16-21
  • Admission criteria: Must be between the ages of 16 and 21 and have serious emotional and/or behavioral issues. Must have current evaluation and physical or be assessed for mental health conditions. Enrollment is year-round.
  • Languages spoken: English, Spanish
  • Public Transportation: Subway—J or E to Jamaica Center, F to Parsons Boulevard., Buses—Q6, Q44, Q20 A/B, Q24, Q111, Q6, Q8, Q9, Q41


*This clinic has permanently closed, but all of the services this site offered are still available. You can access all services at our Jamaica Family Wellness Center or via tele-health services. 

**The Flushing Clinic is temporarily closed for construction so that we can ensure the site offers the best experience possible when clients come to us for services. All services continue to be provided remotely. If in-person services are needed, we are happy to accommodate those needs at one of our other sites. Please call 718-539-2500 so we can help you.

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