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Children of Promise, NYC embraces children of incarcerated parents & empowers them to break the cycle of intergenerational involvement in the criminal justice system. 

CPNYC is the only agency in NYC that co-locates a licensed mental health clinic with an after-school program and summer day camp, seamlessly providing access to therapeutic services and educational interventions all under one roof.

exalt empowers youth to see a future filled with hope – and provides the road map to get there.

Our model is not just about avoiding jail. It is about  re-engaging young people in their love for learning and in helping them understand the urgency of taking action to reverse their journey along the school-to-prison pipeline.


The Child Center of NY began in 1953 as a children’s counseling center in Queens.

Our mission is to strengthen children and families with skills, opportunities, and emotional support to build healthy, successful lives.

At Sheltering Arms NY, we believe that every child and family deserves an equal chance at future success.

Our mission is to strengthen the education, wellbeing, and development of vulnerable children, youth, and families across the New York metro area so that everyone has the support and opportunity needed to maximize their potential.


Early Childhood Mental Health Network

From the Thrive NYC campaign (2016 NYC mental health plan) came The Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Network. The (ECMH) Network, owned and operated by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, provides new mental health services and support for families who have young children with mental health needs. The network was developed to work alongside the introduction of new social-emotional learning support that will also be offered at Administration for Children's Services' (ACS) EarlyLearn sites and Department of Education (DOE) Pre-K for All sites across the city. As staff members and parents learn to better recognize and respond to mental health needs and trauma, the Network expands treatment options and add capacity for training and technical assistance.

"Home Management Strategies for PTSD" by Anxiety BC

AnxietyBC™ is a leader in developing online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety and anxiety disorders. Our site provides information to help you understand anxiety, as well as resources and tools to help you manage your anxiety.

“Causes, Symptoms & Effects Of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder” by Village Behavioral Health

Village Behavioral Health’s mission is to provide adolescents a standard of excellence in mental health and addiction treatment . We aspire to provide a setting where teens receive therapeutic care which will empower them to develop hope and direction in a supportive, caring, and compassionate environment.

"PTSD in Children and Adolescents" by National Center for PTSD

The National Center for PTSD is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. We work to assure that the latest research findings help those exposed to trauma.

This fact sheet provides information regarding what events cause PTSD in children, how many children develop PTSD, risk factors associated with PTSD, what PTSD looks like in children, other effects of trauma on children, and treatments for PTSD.

“PTSD, Trauma, and Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders in Detained Youth” by US Department of Justice

This bulletin examines the results of the Northwestern Juvenile Project—a prospective longitudinal study of youth detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago, IL. The authors discuss their findings on the prevalence of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among juvenile detainees and PTSD’s tendency to co-occur with other psychiatric disorders.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention hopes this knowledge will help guide innovative juvenile justice policy and create a better future for youth with psychiatric disorders in the justice system.


What can adults do to help?

TIP 1: Let the child know it’s normal to feel upset when something bad or scary happens

TIP 2: Encourage the child to express feelings and thoughts, without making judgments

TIP 3: Protect the child or adolescent from further exposure to traumatic events, as much as possible

TIP 4: Return to normal routines as much as possible

TIP 5: School can be a major healing environment as the child’s most important routine. Educate school personnel about the child’s needs. Reassure the child that it was not his or her fault, that adults will try to take care of him or her, etc.

TIP 6: Allow the child to feel sad or cry

TIP 7: Give the child a sense of control and choice by offering reasonable options about daily activities (choosing meals, clothes, etc.)

TIP 8: If the child regresses (or starts to do things he or she did when younger), adults can help by being supportive, remembering that it is a common response to trauma, and not criticizing the behavior


These tips were sourced from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies https://www.istss.org/

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