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Our At-Risk Services’ programs aim to promote a safe and nurturing environment for at-risk children, youth, and families and the goal is to keep them safe, prevent abuse/maltreatment and strengthen individual and family self-sufficiency. We ensure that all children, youth and families in our care who are at-risk of being removed from their home environment or becoming homeless have every ancillary service available at their disposal to prevent further negative outcomes.
Since July 2009, the Sunrise Drop-In Center has been servicing youth who are homeless, runaway and/or at-risk. The center offers a warm and inviting location for these youth that includes youth currently in foster care or who have aged out, young parents, victims of abuse, youth involved in the criminal or juvenile justice system, or LGBTQIA+. The Sunrise Drop In Center is operational on a 24/7 basis, offering youth protection from living on the streets on an emergency basis.
The goal of the program is to protect youth between the ages of 14-24 and, whenever possible, to reunite them with their families through an integrated network of services. When reunification is not possible, the program aims to plan for more permanent living options and help them progress towards independent living. Through workshops and case management services, youth are assisted in meeting their basic needs, in receiving medical and mental health services, in furthering their education, in attaining employment, and in acquiring the skills necessary to becoming an empowered, independent individual.
Preventive Services Programs are designed to keep families together through early and active intervention. The goal of this program is to strengthen families as they cope with the day-to-day pressures that can result in placing their children in danger of intervention by the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). Most of the families we serve consist of single parents who are suffering from the effects of poverty, working families who struggle with raising their children, families who feel displaced and culturally alienated in a new homeland and families who struggle with their mental health and/or substance abuse problems.
Preventive Services programs have restored many families to functioning levels that is ultimately a tremendously positive contribution to the community as a whole. CMCS operates two Preventive Services Programs: The Family Treatment and Rehabilitation Program and Special Medical Program. These programs are intended to serve families with either a child with special medical needs, a child and/or parent with a developmental disability, or a child in need of early permanency planning due to a parent’s substance abuse and/or mental illness.
The goal of these services is to support families where a parent is suffering from a progressively chronic or terminal illness; or to provide a bridge to more long-term services for families with children with special medical needs, developmental disabilities, or both. Additionally, the program assists a terminally ill parent to identify a future permanency resource and help them plan and prepare for the transfer of custody of their children. The focus of this model is to create independence, help families acquire appropriate skills which promote safety for the children and empower families to be self-sufficient. CMCS is one of three borough wide providers selected to work with these extremely vulnerable populations.