Joshawn, a social worker at the New York Foundling (NY, NY)

“My goal for all the families is to help them keep their families together and enable the parents to provide for their kids independently. I’ve always wanted to be a social worker because I grew up watching my grandmother take in so many kids in need – whether they were family or not. The house was always full of children who quickly formed a strong bond with my grandmother because she genuinely cared for them. And you can tell when love is real or not, she truly loved those kids.  I am the woman I am today because of her.”

Each year, the New York Foundling serves over 27,000 children, youth and adults in need through efforts that strengthen families and communities and support each individual in reaching his or her potential. The organization’s Crisis Nursery, the only city-licensed emergency care facility of its kind, provides a safe and loving place for children to stay while parents respond to short-term crises that could otherwise turn into a disaster. Find how you can make a difference with the New York Foundling here.


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