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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Family Services, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: SCO Family of Services helps vulnerable New Yorkers build a strong foundation for the future. We get young children off to a good start, launch youth into adulthood, stabilize and strengthen families and unlock potential for children and adults with special needs. SCO has provided vital human services throughout New York City and Long Island for more than 100 years.

Programs: Special needs & behavioral health services - sco provides expert care to over 4,700 children, youth and adults with special needs through a broad continuum of support, residential and treatment services that unlock potential and help them lead full and productive lives. We provide support children and young adults with emotional disorders need to live and function in the community. We offer highly structured residential services, crisis respite, assessment, case planning and case coordination, clinical support and treatment, community based services and in-home services for children and young adults who live with their families and other caregivers. Sco helps children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities realize their full potential and become participating members of the community through a variety of in home habilitative services, residences and supportive caregivers structured to permit children and adults with developmental disabilities to strive to become and independent as possible.

foster care and adoption - sco helps parent establish strong family bonds, providing family counseling, literacy and employment services to support family life. We engage families to create stronger communities, stabilize families in crisis, keep children safe and work with parents to avoid out-of-home placement. For children who cannot live at home, sco provides foster boarding homes, therapeutic foster care and group residence care. Our foster care programs serve more than 2,300 children in family foster homes, group homes and other residential settings in addition to offering programs that strive to reunite children with their families. Sco works with over 13,000 children, young adults and families providing necessary supports to promote individual growth, support family life and create strong, vibrant families and communities.

shelters & homeless services - sco provides temporary shelter at fourteen sites serving more than 10,000 adults, couples and families annually. In addition to providing a safe place for individuals, families and youth to stay, our shelters offer a variety of on-site services to help residents find permanent housing, work and prepare for independent living. Services include job readiness and self-sufficiency prep, childcare which parents can utilize while seeing permanent housing, substance abuse, case management, mental health and medical services.

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Rating: 5

The Garden of Dreams Foundation is honored to partner with the children, families and staff of SCO Family of Services. It is a privilege to work with such compassionate, dedicated and supportive staff to make dreams come true for children facing obstacles such as abuse, abandonment and neglect. The impact that SCO has on these children on a daily basis is invaluable and is evident through the smiles and pure joy on their faces.