Child/family agency wins $160K grant
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
HUDSON - The Hudson River Bank and Trust Co.
Foundation presented the Northeast Parent & Child
Society (NPCS) with a ceremonial check representing
two grants totaling $160,000 October 16.
The grants will fund programs for children and
families administered by the Schenectady based
organization that serves Columbia County out of its
branch in Hudson.
NPCS provides services like foster care, giving
children a safe and nurturing environment when their
original home environment becomes otherwise.
The society also provides parenting classes with the
goal of creating a safe residence for children who
may be moved into or are are currently in foster
care, with a goal to return foster children home. If
return is not a possibility, NPCS works to find
adoptive parents for a child. The organization
provides its services in 22 upstate counties.
The society's vice president of communications,
Laura Alpert, says the work the organization
provides is essential for the Columbia County and
"When a child is at risk of being moved from their
families," says Ms. Alpert, "our staff work in teams
on a case with the goal of family preservation. We
have a 96% success rate in keeping children at home.
Many of the children we work with may have been
neglected, abused, or have a significant history of
getting in trouble, though we stop short of violent
crime. We do not offer a locked facility, when
children get to that level."
Ms. Alpert also says that the organization served 70
children and family members in 2007 in Columbia
County and 5, 00 people in upstate New York.
The Northeast Parent and Child Society was founded
in 1888 and this year celebrates its 120th year.
To contact reporter Tadd Gero, email TGero@IndeNews.com