Services - Children

All of our programs and services are designed to keep families together, ensure children are safe, their needs addressed and they are provided opportunities to thrive. We know that each child and family has unique needs. Our approach is to partner with children and families to create a plan and tap into the right resources that best meets their needs. For families with children with more complex needs, we offer Care Management and Care Coordination through our Health Homes services. (link to Health Homes)


Foster Families

Children who enter foster care are often traumatized by the abusive and neglectful circumstances within their own families.  Despite their circumstances, research has shown that it is also a traumatic experience to be removed from the only home children have ever known. Often children and adolescents experience severe emotional distress as a result, which can present as problematic behavior when placed with another family.

However, the best place for a child to learn and grow is in a family environment, and Abbott House strives to ensure that each child entrusted to our care is given that opportunity in nurturing Foster Homes. Abbott House recruits, trains, and supports courageous families to open their homes and hearts to Abbott House children and adolescents in New York City, Westchester, and the Hudson Valley. Abbott House helps match children and adolescents every day with a caring foster parent that can best help meet their unique needs.

Welcoming Children From Afar

Abbott House welcomes children entering the United States from other countries without an adult guardian.  We provide two Transitional Resource for Children (TRC) programs to support these children.  The first is short-term care and support while a family member or sponsor is identified.  During their stay, children receive room and board, case management, counseling, medical and educational services. The second program is to support children with long-term foster care and adoption when a family member or sponsor is not available. Bi-lingual foster families are recruited, trained, and supported.

Group Homes

For children and teens who need additional support or who have not yet been matched with a foster family, residential care in a group home setting serves as a safe and nurturing atmosphere as they continue their individual journeys toward permanency.  Abbott House operates Group Homes in Westchester and Sullivan counties which provide services for adolescents. Additionally, we have one Community Residence, which provides services for seriously emotionally disturbed children and youth, ages 9 to 15 years old who have been unsuccessful in numerous family and group care settings, and currently exhibit serious behavioral problems, serious school problems, and a high level of mistrust of adults.

Preparing Youth For Adulthood

The Preparing Youth for Adulthood (PYA) program works with adolescents starting at age 14 and young adults in foster care who are approaching 21 years of age. PYA combines vocational and job skills trainings for adolescents in business settings. Jobs skills, work habits and social skills are addressed in this program, as well as housing and education.

Young adults in PYA learn how to research and apply for colleges or vocational schools and how to apply for housing. Other areas covered by PYA include: budgeting and money management; accessing community resources; consumer awareness; legal issues; interpersonal relationships; paying and monitoring utilities; housekeeping and home management; food management; and life coaching. Focusing on employment, housing and education, PYA serves as a vehicle for youth to learn how to be self-sufficient and make a positive transition into adulthood.

H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Each Adoptive and Guardianship Family Remain Together) Permanency Resource Center

When it comes to raising kids, all of us can benefit from some extra support and resources.  Sometimes raising adoptive or guardianship children has special challenges. H.E.A.R.T offers support and resources to families raising adoptive or guardianship children at no cost.  We welcome adoptive and guardianship families and children residing in Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster or Westchester Counties. Having a history in foster care is not required.   Additional Post-Adoption Services are provided in Orange and Dutchess Counties to TANF eligible families who are in the process of adopting or have adopted.

  1. Get the services and resources that you want to meet your child’s educational, physical, social, emotional and mental health needs.
  2. Build your capacity to address challenges through understanding the impact of trauma on children and their behavior.
  3. Promote the safety, stability, and developing of family attachments following adoption or legal guardianship.

Our FREE services include:

  • Advocacy
  • Educational assistance
  • in-home counseling (child/parent)
  • Recreational activities
  • Referrals to community providers
  • Support groups for children
  • Support groups for parents
  • Training for parents/resources
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • 24 hour crisis telephone

REFERRALS ACCEPTED:  Call (845) 457-5030 ext. 3525 to learn more!


Clinical Counseling and Medical Services

Abbott House offers clinical counseling and medical services to all children and adolescents in care of the Commissioner for Social Services. Included in these services are integrated pediatric and adolescent primary care and preventive medical and mental health programs. Abbott House ensures the delivery and quality monitoring of medical, dental, and mental health care to all children placed with Abbott House.

The experienced staff of medical and mental health professional’s work together to ensure that medical, dental, and mental health care services are provided in a child-focused and family-health home manner. We work with children, their foster caregivers, and their birth parents to address children’s needs in a comprehensive and timely fashion in order to promote the optimal development, health, and well-being of each child.

Abbott House’s Clinical & Counseling Center is licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health to provide psychotherapy and psychiatric services to children, adolescents, adults and families living in Westchester County.  When you choose Abbott House, you are ensuring that you will be seeing a qualified mental health professional. Our staff consists of psychologists, psychiatrists and licensed social workers who have the knowledge and expertise to successfully treat the specific mental health needs of our clients.

Clients are self-referred or referred from the community, in pre-adoptive or adoptive homes, in foster care placement, receiving preventive services, and adjudicated juveniles who have been diverted from residential placement. We provide:

  • Family, Individual & Group Therapy
  • Adolescent Counseling
  • Psychiatric Medication Management
  • Comprehensive Assessment
  • Psychological Testing
  • Family Advocacy

Abbott House serves clients who seek assistance with the following types of problems:

  • Difficulty concentrating or paying attention
  • Anger management
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Excessive anxiety or mood swings
  • Troubling thoughts
  • Feeling sad or hopeless
  • Reactions to stressful events
  • Adjustment issues
  • Histories of abuse or neglect
  • Pre- and post-adoption difficulties

For additional information please call 914-591-7300 extension 3022. For directions, click here.

Community Schools Resource Program

Abbott House recognizes that the needs of the whole child must be met in order for students to succeed.  We partner with the New York City Department of Education to provide services to elementary schools in the Mount Eden community of the Bronx. 

Our goal is to develop school communities in which students and families evolve into productive adults who will continue to grow economically and academically.  We take a holistic approach to supporting student success that includes after school and summer programming, family engagement, social services, and physical and mental health services. We engage parents, families, and other members of the community as part of a process to transform each school.   

Family Assessment and Community Enhancement (FACE) Program

FACE serves children and families in need of supportive, structured, and therapeutic interventions throughout the Newburgh and Poughkeepsie areas. FACE addresses the emotional and behavioral symptoms of traumatized individuals using:

  • Psycho-educational approach to improve parenting skills that address negative behaviors
  • Empowering families to control their anxiety and teaching relaxation techniques
  • Techniques to recognize, discuss, and control emotional expression and regulation
  • Helping children and families understand how their thoughts create their emotional responses

Juvenile Justice

Abbott House provides temporary care and custody of youth accused of committing delinquent or criminal acts and detained by police arrest or court order.

While youth await their court dates and disposition of their cases Abbott House offers a highly structured setting while providing for the safety and well-being of youth, staff and for the community.

The goal is to provide these youth with new skills and opportunities so that their first contact with the justice system will be their last.  High quality and varied programming is tailored to the diverse needs of the residents. 100% of our youth after participating in our program were allowed to return home to their families.

Health Home Services/Bridges to Health (B2H)

Every parent needs a partner. We know it’s not easy when you have a child with many health needs.  It can be difficult to manage funding and using the right services.  Abbott House has a Health Home service for Medicaid-enrolled children and their families. Our goal is to connect all of your care providers with you in a partnership to develop a plan that leads to improved health.  We believe this will help your child and family’s long-term health and well-being.

If your Medicaid-enrolled child has serious medical or mental health issues, you can sign up for the Health Home Service from Abbott House and have a partner.  Have one care manager working directly with you and your family. Create a care plan that includes many of the services needed and those you may not be getting. Speak with your Abbott House case planner or care provider about our Health Home service to:

  • Help schedule appointments for services.
  • Locate and refer your child to other community resources.
  • Ensure service providers work together on your child’s plan of care.
  • Get resources to prevent crisis and achieve health goals.
  • Help if your child moves from a hospital stay to another community service.

Click here for the Abbott House Health Home Referral and Eligibility Application Form

Click here to download the B2H Spring 2017 Newsletter

For additional information about Bridges to Health in New York City, call 718-329-4968, ext. 5512 or e-mail B2HNYC@ABBOTTHOUSE.NET

For additional information about Bridges to Health in the Hudson Valley, call 914-591-7300, ext. 3205 or e-mail B2HLHV@ABBOTTHOUSE.NET