In the news: JCCA's Gateways Program for Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation
We want to share with you this eye-opening front-page article from the December 15 edition of the Journal News about one young victim of commercial sexual exploitation who has found hope and help in JCCA's Gateways program. "Kimberly" has made terrific progress. Click here to read the story and share it with everyone you know.
JCCA Responds: The New York Times's 'Invisible Child' Series
The New York Times has been running a series of poignant articles chronicling the life and trials of a homeless girl named Dasani. The articles illustrate many crucial issues about homelessness and the need for City services. Here is what Richard Altman, JCCA CEO, says:
“The series has been excellent. It underscores a major problem in the way New York City provides services for homeless families and children and also presents a great opportunity for the de Blasio Administration.
Currently, there are only 11,000 children in foster care in New York City. In the mid 1990s, during the height of the crack epidemic, there were 50,000 children in foster care. It is clear that a significant number of the 22,000 children in family shelters would have been placed in foster care 15 years ago. We believe that children should be with their families (except when they are at imminent risk).
Jewish Child Care Association has demonstrated that coordinating services across funding streams provides better, more efficient and effective treatment for families and children living in poverty. But the New York City human services agencies primarily responsible for Dasani’s (and other children’s) well-being continue to operate in silos. The need to create a coordinated plan to synchronize poor children’s education, housing and other social services is critical.
The de Blasio Administration now has an opportunity to tear down these silos and create a strong foundation of complementary services to give these children the full support they desperately need."
Jewish Child Care Association is a comprehensive child and family services agency. We work with those who need us most, including children who have been neglected or abused, immigrant Jewish families, and those building new lives. Most of our clients come to us because they struggle with poverty or family crises, and because they are working to create an independent future. JCCA helps more than 16,000 children and families every year and is consistently rated at the highest levels for the quality of our programs. In all our work, we are motivated by tikkun olam, the value within Jewish tradition that calls upon all of us to repair the world, and by our belief that every child deserves to grow up hopeful.