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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 multiple modalities of preventive services, including both general prevention for moderate cases and more intensive family treatment models (FTR) for more severe cases. We also offer an FTR program for Southern Queens families under court-ordered supervision (COS), a child protective service mandated by the court when ACS has filed a neglect, abuse, or severe abuse petition (referrals made by ACS only). Our HALE programs include direct support to youth and also to their caregivers, whom we help to develop effective parenting skills.

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 11432
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


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

  • 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


Holding Adolescents in Loving Environments (HALE)

Our HALE programs use evidence-based family interventions to reduce the risk of abuse and foster care placement. HALE is for families with youth ages 11-17, and programs are in accordance with individual need, which can vary greatly: We offer programs specifically for teens struggling with addiction, those with Family Court involvement, and those with criminal court involvement.

118-35 Queens Boulevard, Sixth Floor
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Phone: 718-651-7770
Fax: 718-228-0730
163-18 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432
Phone: 718-228-0720
Fax: 718-228-0730


  • HALE I Program Director: Jill Markowitz, ext. 6865
  • 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 location 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.

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