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‘I Needed Help That People in My Life Couldn’t Give Me’ – Through preventive services I’ve found ways to feel safe, calm and connected

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Parenting Journey (Parenting Skills Workshop)

Lower East Side Family Union
Where Your Family Comes First

Tuesday, February 26th
227 East 3rd Street, New York, NY 10009
(Between B & C)
For Additional Information/Registration Contact: Latiefa Hook (212) 260-0040 ext. 1248

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Team Supervisor, General Preventive

Team Supervisor, General Preventive: NY, NY: Lead/supervise a team of case planners to provide quality preventive services to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children in compliance with City, State and Federal Regulations; Manage caseload and provide statistical tracking and reporting; Conduct supervision to support the growth and knowledge base of the case planners by seeking the necessary skills and resources; Assess service needs of children and families, plan/coordinate service delivery and execute agreements derived from Family Team/Critical Case conferences to improve critical decision making regarding a child’s safety, well-being and permanency by attending the conferences; Evaluate appropriateness of service plans (FASPs), approve FASPs based upon safety/risk concerns; Participate in the Supervisory Council to oversee the general course of affairs at LESFU to casework practice, service-delivery, human resources and administration, etc. Req: Master of Social Work; Sound knowledge of mental health and substance abuse, child welfare system and evidenced-informed casework practice model; Strong understanding of children and families with diverse cultures; Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, organizational & management skills. New York State licensure – LMSW a plus.  Apply:

Team Supervisor, General Preventive


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Wishing you the joy of family, the gift of friends,

and the best of everything in 2019

Panera Fundraising

Happy Lunar New Year 2018!

“Emotional Well-Being of Young Children and Their Families Collaborative Approach Initiative”

Sponsored by the Child Welfare Fund, the Lower East Side Family Union continues to meet the emotional and mental health needs of young children and their families. In partnership with NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital we provide services that help to foster healthy attachments between children and caregivers, promote emotional stability, effective and positive parenting, and increase the overall safety of children.  LESFU and Bellevue will be working together to complete relevant screenings, offer an evidence-based parenting training intervention (Circle of Security) and have committed to unified processes that will facilitate “warm hand-offs” between the two institutions as needed.


The families that come through our doors at the Lower East Side Family Union are often vulnerable, highly stressed, and perhaps have a history of trauma.  Research shows that children as young as 0-3 can be affected by the family’s circumstances and that these experiences can impact later emotional health and learning for these children.  In order to ensure healthy child development in these families, there needs to be a way to quickly identify their needs and intervene with early childhood mental health problems in both children and parents alike.  Coupled with this, integration between community-based programs and hospital-based mental health clinics is key, and needs to be thoughtful, concerted, and almost seamless.


The sooner we help to address early childhood mental health problems with the families we serve, the better position the families can be in as the children develop, grow up, and eventually enter school.  We at LESFU are truly excited about this initiative and have a shared dedication and collective responsibility to the emotional well-being of the young children and families in our community.


LESFU has adopted Solution Based Casework (SBC)

LESFU has adopted Solution Based Casework (SBC)

Since July 1, 2013 we have been using Solution Based Casework (SBC) as our child welfare practice model. SBC is an evidenced-based casework practice 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.


We have decided that the application of the SBC model would support LESFU’s continuous efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of NYC’s children and families.

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Free Afterschool Programs!

Free afterschool programs for youth in elementary, middle, and high school! DYCD’s afterschool programs are located in community centers, middle schools, and community-based organizations throughout the five boroughs. Afterschool programs operate in the afternoons, and many are held on evenings and weekends, and during school holidays, vacation Stay Connected Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube Get Your ID Get a Library Card

In-School Youth Attention high school juniors and seniors! The In-School Youth (ISY) program is DYCD’s year-round program targeting at-risk high school juniors and seniors. The ISY
periods, and the summer.


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We’ve Moved

227 E. 3rd Street, New York, NY 10009


To better serve the children and families of the

Lower East Side Community

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