The mission of Abbott House is to improve the lives of vulnerable children, adults, and families. Serving children and families in need and people with developmental disabilities, Abbott House strives for excellence and absolute integrity in the delivery of services.
The building atop North Broadway in the Village of Irvington, New York that now serves as the administrative headquarters for all Abbott House operations was initially created as a hospital. “Irvington House” focused on care of children with chronic disease. Over time, the hospital began to shift its focus from a mission of purely medical treatment to embrace the cause of child welfare. In 1963 Abbott House was officially incorporated and now provides services for foster care, group homes, adoptive placement and family welfare throughout the New York metropolitan area with offices and care centers in Manhattan and the Bronx as well as Westchester, Dutchess, and Orange/Sullivan counties. In 1992 Abbott House further expanded its spectrum of services to include assistance to the developmentally disabled population. Through assisted living programs at 15 Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRAs) and one Intermediate Care Facility (ICF), developmentally disabled individuals are given the opportunity to live their lives with the dignity they deserve. Through employment and volunteer programs, our consumers are able to become positive contributors to society.
As an extension of services to children in foster care, Abbott House initiated the Bridges to Health Program in 2008. It’s specifically designed for kids with complex medical, developmental, or mental health issues. Support services begin while a child is still in foster care, and continues after the child returns home. The goal is to keep the child in his/her home and in the community by assisting parents in managing the child’s health conditions.
Beginning in June of 2014, a grant from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, allowed Abbott House to care for children who come into the United States from other countries without an adult guardian. The program is called “Transitional Resources for Children.” During their short stay, children receive room and board, case management, individual counseling, medical and educational services, recreation/leisure activities, acculturation, legal services, transportation and access to religious services – all while awaiting reunification with their families.
At any given time, Abbott House provides direct care for nearly 1,300 children, young adults and families with a goal of preparing the next generation of society with the knowledge, tools and opportunities they deserve to attain the success we know they’re capable of achieving.