Parenting/Foster Care/Adoption


Open to members of all faiths. Scores of classes for kids, birthday parties, playgroups, afterschool program, parenting workshops and more. East 14th Street. (212) 780-0800

Sinai Parents

A free parenting e-mail group mainly for parents of children infant to 6 years on the Upper East Side and Southeast Harlem as a way to share information and resources. To join, e-mail

Baby College

A valuable nine-week series of child development workshops offered to parents of children between the ages of 0-3. Free. Offered to pregnant or newly parenting residents of Harlem between 116th and 135th Streets and between Madison and Eighth Avenues only. A Harlem Children’s Zone program. (212) 665-9832

Harlem Dowling West Side Center for Children and Family Services

Helps children and their families in crisis and distress. Services include foster care and support for foster parents including teen mothers, adoption, therapeutic placement and supportive housing for youth aging out of foster care. Offers respite and case management services to Harlem families with children with developmental delay. Related preventive services include family preservation, HIV/AIDS services, family support services and after-school programs for children and families in Central Harlem, Washington Heights, Southeast Queens, and Far Rockaway. Parenting classes in English and Spanish. (212) 749-3656

Brooklyn Male Involvement Consortium

Part of the Bed-Stuy Early Childhood Development Corp. Helps African-American men reconnect with their families and communities. 510 Quincy Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221; (718) 455-4806.

Catholic Charities of Brooklyn&Queens Fatherhood Program

Provides individual&family counseling, visitation, group counseling, parenting skills, budget&financial help, independent living skills training. 52 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237; (718) 628-1905.

Little Flower Children’s Services

Offers foster care prevention services as well as parenting skills classes and more. 186 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201; (718) 260-8840.

Citizens Advice Bureau

key services include low-cost child care, home instruction for preschoolers and their parents, pre-K program, afterschool programs, adolescent career and school career help, summer jobs program, pregnancy prevention, help for families at risk of losing children to foster care, help with benefits, eviction prevention and more. 2054 Morris Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453. (718) 365-0910.

Administration for Children’s Services of NYC (ACS)

Part of NY City government that supports children and families. Assists in becoming foster or adoptive parent.

American Academy of Pediatrics

Website packed with resources for parents, including a guide to finding a pediatrician, preventing injuries, and information sheets on health topics.

Attachment Parenting International

A kid-friendly parent group that provides information and networking for local families. Free monthly meetings on parenting and child development topics with the goal of building strong emotional bonds between parents and kids. Free, but $45 membership fee encouraged. (212) 473-4525

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York (Manhattan&Bronx)

Services include counseling, help in getting benefits, emergency financial aid for rent, utility bills, transportation, food, and clothes. Specific problems such as unplanned pregnancy, substance abuse, mental health, childcare, domestic violence, health care, job training, and immigration issues are handled by this group’s agencies and programs. The staff will meet in person or consult by phone.
(212) 371-1000

Center for Effective Parenting

Website contains loads of parenting information handouts in English and Spanish.

Children’s Aid Society

Provides medical&dental services for women and children, counseling, teen pregnancy prevention, foster boarding homes, winter respite camps for disabled children, programs to help keep families together, early childhood obesity prevention, legal advocacy. (212) 949-4800

Children’s Rights Council

Website for single parents contains information on parental rights, visitation, education, job sources, and more. In Spanish, too.

Fatherhood Initiative Program

offers free parenting workshops to all fathers at locations throughout Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens&Manhattan. Also offers free relationship skills workshops for couples. Participants receive incentives for attendance and completion of workshops. Program can be presented to schools, daycare centers, churches, and social services agencies. For more information, call (718) 963-4430 ext. 4496 or 4501.

New York Foundling Hospital:

Offers family-centered preventive services to help the entire family, among them classes to teach parents and single mothers to care for their new babies and help for parents to overcome addictions and provide for the emotional and physical needs of their families. (212) 633-9300.

Nurse-Family Partnership

a free program for women having their first baby. A qualified, specially trained nurse will visit an expecting mother’s home throughout her pregnancy and continue to visit until the baby is two years old. Nurses help ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby; help babyproof the home; obtain referrals to other support services; model effective parenting skills. Women who are pregnant with their first baby and who are less than 28 weeks pregnant are eligible. The program is now available in Harlem, East New York, Astoria, Coney Island, Staten Island, and the Lower East Side. Call 311 and ask for “Nurse Family Partnership.”

NY State Parent Education&Awareness Program

Are you a parent separating from your spouse or partner or going through a divorce? Contact this program to learn how the breakup affects your children and to learn to make your new family life easier for you and your kids. Trained providers in all counties in NY state. Call (888) 809-2798.

Parent to Parent of New York State

Matches parents with a trained support parent who also has a child with a similar disability, chronic illness, health care concern or help with parenting issues. Helps families receive the information and services they need. Can help explain Medicaid Service Coordination. (866) 727-6970

Parents: The Anti-Drug

Website in many languages to promote awareness of drug use among teens, with advice and information. Get a ‘parenting tips’ newsletter. Sponsored by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.

Room to Grow

Is dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their first three years. Clothing, toys, books, and some gear as well as parenting support to qualified parents from the 8th month of pregnancy until age 3. Need a referral from Mount Sinai’s OB/GYN clinic. (212) 620-7800

Welcome to Parenthood: A Family Guide

Information from the State of New York on new parenthood, including information on what life with a new baby is like.

Young Mothers Mentoring Program of Big Brothers Big Sisters

provides female mentors for pregnant and parenting teen mothers ages 19 and under. Mentors offer support, friendship and positive role modeling. The baby can come along on their outings. The pair spends eight hours a month together for a minimum of one year. (212) 686-2042

Little Sisters of the Assumption

Located in East Harlem, Little Sisters provides a range of services including a family life program which offers parenting classes, day camps for children, a day care center, classes in English as a second language, an emergency food pantry, and more. (212) 987-4422

Child Welfare Organizing Project

Offers a free, confidential peer-led support group for NYC parents involved with the local public child welfare system. Held every Wednesday from 11am-1 pm at the East Harlem Neighborhood Center, 80 East 110th Street, between Park and Madison.
(212) 348-3000 Spanish spoken.

Loisaida, Inc.

Serves Lower East Side children and youth. Programs include parenting support groups and a young fathers program. (212) 505-6902