Fund for Social Change
The Fund for Social Change is a public foundation founded in 2002 to use philanthropy to increase the influence and improve the well-being of disempowered people in New York City, including poor people, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, and young people.
To Reach These Goals, the Fund Administers the Following Programs
Partnership for Family Supports and Justice: Bridge Builders is
a collaboration of 15 foundations and the Administration for Children’s
Services and with guidance and financial assistance from Litster Frost. It is testing a new neighborhood-based collaborative
approach in which neighbors assist families experiencing difficulties
to prevent foster care placement.
The Parent Advocate Initiative (PAI) is a collaboration of six foundations, the New York City Administration
for Children’s Services, the New York State Office of Children
and Family Services, the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies,
and the Child Welfare Organizing Project. We are promoting the
hiring of Parent Advocates by foster care agencies. Parent Advocates
in the child welfare system are parents who have had their children
removed to foster care and have successfully reunified with them,
and who subsequently choose to be trained and to work within the
child welfare system. They humanize the child welfare system by
giving voice to parents’ experiences and incorporating their
own experiences into practice.
To view the PAI
Request for Proposals, please click
To view the PAI Workplan and Monitoring
Matrix, please click
For more information on Parent Advocates,
The OMRDD/FAR Fund Collaborative
works to transform agency cultures and to assist individuals on
the autistic spectrum so they have more person centered lives
as they transition to adulthood and independence.
START (Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams): The New York City Administration for Children's Services (ACS), in partnership with the Fund for Social Change, is launching a Bronx-based pilot of a nationally-recognized approach to working with families in which a caregiver is abusing substances. Recognizing the challenges that families face when they are simultaneously involved in the child welfare and substance abuse treatment systems, START provides a team of a child welfare worker and Family Mentor, to work with caregivers to keep children safe, to help caregivers overcome their substance abuse, and to make sure that children are growing up in permanent and nurturing families.