About Us

The Lower East Side Family Union (LESFU) is a leader and innovator in providing community-based services and family support, dedicated to preserving, strengthening, and empowering families.  As one of the first organizations established to prevent foster care placement in New York City, LESFU was among the first to address the connection between poverty, culture, and language barriers.  For nearly 50 years and contracted by the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), NYS Department of Health (DOH), LESFU has provided a continuum of specialized services to families in the boroughs of Manhattan and Queens aimed at promoting social and emotional well-being. Our programs and services equip our families to break cycles of intergenerational poverty, multi-system involvement and foster care placement.  Today, informed by rigorous research and highly qualified staff, LESFU programs promote the safety and well being of approximately 1,000 children annually.

Solution-Based Casework (SBC) is the current case management practice model for families receiving LESFU services. SBC is an evidenced-informed model that prioritizes working in partnership with families, focuses on pragmatic solutions to difficult situations, and notices and celebrates change. Most importantly, SBC targets the prevention skills needed for case management providers and families to reduce the risk in everyday life situations.

For additional information regarding SBC, please visit www.solutionbasedcasework.com.

Board of Directors
Denecia Marshall , Chairperson                          Fernande Hyppolite                                                      E-Van Kwan                                                                  Mack Graham                                                        Joanna Battiloro Lynn Fleary                                                                  Megan Chandler                                                        Elizabeth Pavone                                                            Victoria Rodriguez
Advisory Council

Leonard Klingbaum, Esq                                                                                                                                                                                              Jennifer Havens, MD

Executive Director

April L. Phillips, LMSW, MS


Program Director, Family Treatment/Rehabilitative

Latiefa Hook, LMSW

Referrals: Lhook@LESFU.org


Program Director, Family Support/Referrals

Tiffany Guantlett, MPH

Referrals: TGuantlett@LESFU.org