New Alternatives for ChildrenNew Alternatives for Children
New Alternatives for Children (NAC) is the only New York City agency whose exclusive mission is to help children with severe disabilities or chronic illnesses leave the confines of sterile hospital wards in order to be reunited with biological, foste... Read more
New Alternatives for Children (NAC) is the only New York City agency whose exclusive mission is to help children with severe disabilities or chronic illnesses leave the confines of sterile hospital wards in order to be reunited with biological, foster or adoptive families in the community.
New Alternatives for Children (NAC) is an incorporated New York State not-for-profit health and social service agency that provides comprehensive family support services for children who have severe physical disabilities and/or chronic illness. This includes Prevention, Foster Care, Adoption, Post-Adoption, Psychological, Medical, Educational, and Recreational services.
I've been a NAC volunteer for 7 years so far -- three years as a mentor and four as a foster parent. It's been a rocky partnership. NAC has some dedicated, spectacular staff members. Very high staff turnover rate, though that's kinda par for the social work course. Staff members tend to seem overworked and stressed out. I wish staff had more expertise around foster care legal issues and were more trauma-informed. More importantly I wish that the agency was able to treat foster parents more respectfully as partners and collaborators rather than disposable hired help. My wife and I have also been frustrated by their inability to achieve permanency for the kids in our care and in the care of other foster parents. The incentive structure for the agency sometimes puts them at odds with the needs of the kids in their care. Happy to share more with others thinking about volunteering at NAC and/or taking the foster care plunge.