Please forward this error screen to sharedip-10718050214. The work of Center for Family Life is grounded in the daily, lived experience of the Sunset Park community and guided by a vision of neighborhood families and social institutions evolving over time and contributing to each other’s ongoing development. Our comprehensive range of services aims to sustain components of readiness of children to training at school nurture families, and to create a supportive community from which children can emerge as confident, capable adults. The Center’s programs are designed to reinforce the role of the agency as a stabilizing anchor in the community, one that provides culturally consonant services and creates environments where participants’ strengths are recognized and they are treated as valued partners rather than subjects.
Through its extensive portfolio of integrated services, Center for Family Life serves over 15,000 individuals in over 8,000 families each year. Through home and office visits, group activities, advocacy and referral to supportive services, our caseworkers help families to develop individualized plans that address their unique situations and deepen their sense of connection to the neighborhood. The success of our preventive counseling program contributes to the low rate of children entering foster care in Sunset Park, less than half the city average. The Center also provides case management services as a key member of the Sunset Park Alliance for Youth, a collaboration of local organizations that serves a growing population of disconnected youth in our neighborhood. Building on our expertise with social group work, this initiative provides innovative parenting support groups that help new immigrant participants develop as nurturing and nurtured parents raising bicultural children. By placing children with foster families in the community, the program seeks to reduce the trauma of separation from family members and to maximize opportunities for remediation and reunification in a normalizing neighborhood environment.
Our program model is based on providing help to overcome barriers to effective parenting and supports to promote greater parental competency. If you are seeking family counseling services and live in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, please contact our intake coordinator. Our programs at six neighborhood public school sites serve more than 5,000 youth and adults each year, with daily attendance reaching 1,700 participants. Our school-based programs offer a full spectrum of daily activities during the school year and the summer help elementary, middle and high school youth acquire the academic capacity and emotional and social skills that enrich education experience and foster their development into confident, capable adults. As they progress from elementary to high school graduation, students’ academic achievement is supported by arts-enriched learning, tutoring, mentoring, homework assistance, credit recovery, internships, college readiness and project-based service activities integrated into in-school, afterschool and summer programming to promote skill building in core academic subject areas and a successful transition from one academic stage to the next. The Community School model aims to make schools the hub of enriching, supportive, and inclusive activities that bring together children, youth, and adults from our diverse community.
Center for Family Life’s school-based programs use social group work methodology and purposeful activities to involve participants in group experiences that promote individual growth, support family life, and create a sense of community. A six-week Summer Day Camp, for youth, ages 5- 13, provides 3 days of onsite activities in visual and performing arts and literacy, as well as 2 days of educational, cultural, and recreational field trips. Special events include theme days and an all-camp final show for parents and the community. 14 and older, offers volunteer work experiences, training, and academic and personal support, while providing a context in which teenagers and younger children can enjoy the mutual benefits of intergenerational relationships. CITs receive monthly stipends based on their participation. Neighborhood Center also offers special events, including Community Nights, where participants have the opportunity to present their work and everyone can join in a variety of inter-generational activities. Our Parent Involvement Program offers family nights, special events, a sewing group, cultural outings, and volunteer support.