Research Partners

 Please click on the headings below to see a description and contact information for each agency.

Our Partner Agencies

Abbott House

The mission of Abbott House is to improve the lives of vulnerable children, adults, and families. Serving children and families in need and people with developmental disabilities, Abbott House strives for excellence and absolute integrity in the delivery of services.

At any given time, Abbott House provides direct care for nearly 1,300 children, young adults and families with a goal of preparing the next generation of society with the knowledge, tools and opportunities they deserve to attain the success we know they’re capable of achieving.

DFY has been successfully been implemented at Abbot House since the beginning of the project and have had 33 youth participate in DFY during that time.

1775 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10453
Phone: 718 – 329 – 4968

Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families

Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families' mission is to protect and nurture those children whose families are unwilling or unable to care for them and to strengthen families so that every member has the opportunity to help themselves towards a better future.

For over 75 years Edwin Gould has been working with the communities of New York metropolitan area to provide services to over 10,000 individuals every year.

Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families have been part of the DFY project since the beginning and have had 67 youth participate in the DFY during that time. A DFY Facilitator at Edwin Gould reported that their "youth feel like they are a part of research history and a part of something that is beneficial to their foster care peers now and in the future."

151 Lawrence Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Forestdale Inc.

Forestdale Inc's mission is to ensure that children and families have the fundamental assets they need to thrive and live independently. Forestdale Inc. improves the lives of nearly 1,000 New York City families each year. Since 1855, Forestdale has dedicated itself to the future of the inner-city communities of New York City, particularly in the borough of Queens.

Forestdale has been a part of the DFY project since the beginning and have had 57 youth participate during that time. The agency has found DFY to be "a rewarding experience, particularly learning to speak with youth, in a developmentally appropriate manner, about topics that relate to their decision making process!"

67-35 112 Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Good Shepherds Services

The mission of Good Shepherds Services is to go where children, youth, and families face the greatest 
challenges and builds on their strengths to help them gain skills for success. They provide quality, effective services that deepen connections between family members, within schools, and among neighbors. They work closely with community leaders to advocate, both locally and nationally, on behalf of our participants to make New York City a better place to live and work.

Good Shepherd Services has served the communities of New York since the 1940s and have a continuum of neighborhood-based youth development, educational, vocational, and family support services that now includes more than 80 programs.

Good Shepherds Services joined the DFY Project in 2013 and have had 56 youth participate during that time.

305 Seventh Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Heartshare St. Vincent's Services

HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services (HSVS) has a mission to nurture and support, with dignity and respect, children, adults and families in order to expand opportunities and enhance lives. It is their vision that the commitment to excellent services and supports will enable children, adults and families to reach their fullest potential and lead meaningful lives as active participants in society.

Founded in 1869 as a refuge for homeless boys in Brooklyn, today they serve approximately 1,000 of the city’s most vulnerable children annually.

Heartshare St. Vincent’s has been a part of the DFY project since the beginning and have had 56 youth participate during that time.

66 Boerum Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201


JCCA’s mission is to meet the child welfare and mental health needs of all children and their families in the New York metropolitan area. Their highly trained, dedicated staff works collaboratively with families to build on their strengths, preserve the family when possible, and help create new families when necessary, so that all children may thrive by having a sense of family, culture and community.

JCCA has been working in the New York metropolitan area since 1822 and their programs help more than 17,000 children and families annually.

JCCA has been a part of the DFY project since the beginning and have had 168 youth participate during that time.

555 Bergen Ave.
Bronx, NY 10455