Hopeland is delighted to announce that we are supporting the Post-Permanency Support Program (PPSP) by promoting the important work Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children and New Yorkers For Children are doing to help children transition from foster care to permanent homes.
PPSP provides essential post-adoption and guardianship services to families, improving outcomes for children and we are proud to be sharing this important work with you – especially as we mark Foster Care Awareness Month in the U.S.
The PPSP is designed to help lay the foundation for the expansion and implementation of post-adoption and guardianship programs in New York City— and in so doing improving the lives of potentially thousands of children and families in the long term whose needs are not being adequately addressed following an adoption or placement into kinship guardianship.
The services provided by the PPSP are especially needed now as state-funded post-permanency services and subsidies have been slowly diminishing over the past decade.
“Through this project, together with our partners, we hope to help children and families exiting the foster care system by providing them with much needed and consistent support to avoid re-entry into care and ensure their stability and success,” said Kate Trambitskaya, Chief Executive Officer of Spence-Chapin.
“We are thrilled to partner with Spence-Chapin to help bring this important program to New York City. The PPSP has the opportunity to transform the child welfare landscape in NYC by elevating successful approaches to permanency which could serve as a model for additional investment in these critical services,” said Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez, Executive Director of New Yorkers For Children.
In addition to building awareness of the need for services, each year the PPSP will provide services to 100 families, both adoptive families and those participating in the Office of Children and Family Services’ Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program. Families can access a wide range of services, including adoption/guardianship-competent programming, trauma-informed care, peer-to-peer support groups, mentorship opportunities, a variety of workshops, and more. The program places a high emphasis on evidence-based practices that can be scaled up, allowing for the greatest impact.
“The Post Permanency Support Program (PPSP) will be an invaluable resource to families after children leave foster care through adoption or guardianship,” said Jess Dannhauser, Commissioner of the New York City Administration for Children Services.
Three qualified providers have been selected as subgrantees to operate PPSP: MercyFirst, New Alternatives for Children (NAC), and the Council on Adoptable Children (COAC). In addition to serving individual families, the PPSP will create a learning community, pool knowledge from various agencies, expand the knowledge base in the child welfare field, and build capacity among foster care agencies and other service providers.
Impact from this vital program has already been seen and we are pleased to be able to share these testimonials from just some of the recipients of services:
“We are so excited to collaborate with New Yorkers For Children and Spence-Chapin to amplify the impact of the Post Permanency Support Program in New York City,” said Deborra-lee Furness and Nicholas Evans, Co-Founders of Hopeland. “Hopeland’s vision is for every child to have a safe, loving family. The children that have traveled the path to adoption have experienced many challenges in their short lifetime and need extra support to be able to thrive. That is why we are delighted to be a part of this groundbreaking program and believe by working together in unity with the same core mission, we can add the important support that every family needs.”
As an organization based in New York City we are always delighted to be able to support programs taking place in our city to benefit children who need a safe, loving family. Keep in touch with us for updates on this great program!