Parent Peer Support Program

The Parent Peer Support Program is a partnership with the NYC Department of Probation to provide parents of system-involved youth with “peer coaches” to guide them through their child’s involvement in the juvenile justice system. CCFY trains the parents of system-involved youth to serve as  “peer coaches” for parents who are currently navigating the juvenile justice system. The initiative aims to reduce family-related Violations of Probation (i.e. “youth beyond parental control”), thereby reducing reliance on detention and placement. The Parent Peer Support Program grew out of CCFY’s advocacy for juvenile justice systems to become more responsive to family needs. CCFY’s involvement in the 2012 National Families Report led to the convening of a Probation/Parent Association in which senior members of the NYC Department of Probation met with CCFY’s family members over a 6-month period to strategize on ways to respond to the report’s recommendations. Families clearly articulated a desire and demand for peer support and in late 2013, the NYC Department of Probation responded by establishing funding for a Parent Support Program. In the Parent Support Program, Peer Coaches are on site at the Bronx Family Court Probation Office from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday to help families navigate the juvenile justice system. Peer Coaches connect families to parent support groups and family strengthening programming, and are also available on call during evenings and weekends to support parents in crisis situations.

Summer Fun With CCFY & DoP!

For the past three years, Community Connections for Youth (CCFY), through the Parent Peer Support Program (PSP), has successfully collaborated...

Mothers At The Gate

A new report, calls attention to the national grassroots movement of families fighting to transform the juvenile justice system. 

Jeannette Bocanegra Awarded “Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad”

Through this award Comité Noviembre recognizes community heroes.

CCFY Parent Honored in Video

Ms. Enriquez (parent in yellow blouse) is a CCFY parent with a child in the juvenile justice system. However, as this video demonstrates,

Request for Proposals: Parent Support Program Evaluation

CCFY is seeking a qualified Research Partner to conduct an evaluation of its Parent Support Program (PSP), an innovative partnership with

CCFY to Evaluate Impact of Parent Support Program

CCFY’s family engagement work, specifically the Parent Support Program, has been awarded a generous grant from The O’Neill Foundation...

Parent Support Program: Meet Isaliz

Isaliz is a mother of two who arrived from Puerto Rico in January 2013. She was transferred from Puerto Rico to a domestic violence shelter in Queens and brought...

So Many Answers That I Need

Guest post by Chantilly Mers-Pickett   Last summer I attended a panel discussion organized by Community Connections for Youth (CCFY). CCFY is an organization in the South Bronx that works really hard to provide alternatives to incarceration for youth. I remembered a grandmother on the

Judge Promises Voice for Families

The halls of Lincoln Hospital were filled with discussions inspired by photographs taken by Richard Ross inside America's youth prisons.

Parents trying to navigate New York’s juvenile justice system seek help and support from Bronx advocate

New York Daily News Beatriz Maldonado was so desperate to see her teenage son at Horizon Juvenile Center, she left her 4-year-old with a woman she just met.

Report Release Brings Families to the Table

Probation and ACS Commissioners attend the New York release of the National Families Report.  Family testimonies prompt Schiraldi to convene Parent Advisory Board to meet monthly with Probation leadership.   National Families Report On September 10th, Justice 4 Families, in partnership with CCFY