The mission of Chances for Children-NY (CFC) is to strengthen relationships between at-risk parents and their children, from birth to age five. We want to provide coping skills for parents and to prevent destructive interactions from interfering with the healthy development of both parent and child.
Chances for Children–NY is a 501(c)(3) that provides free parent-child play therapy and play groups in three neighborhoods in the Bronx—Highbridge, Hunts Point and Kingsbridge.
Research indicates an urgent need for mental health services in low-income neighborhoods. Of particular concern is the lack of mental health services available for children ages zero to five. Research also shows that in the first three years of life critical brain development takes place that has profound significance for psychological health and successful lives. When a baby and a parent become closely attached and enjoy a secure relationship, the child develops important capabilities: self-mastery and the capacity to tolerate frustration. The child becomes curious about the world and ready to learn. The parent gains confidence and increased understanding of the child’s needs.
Many adverse circumstances, such as violence, isolation, and poverty, can interfere with the creation of positive relationships between parents and children. Positive relationships between parents and children are a robust predictor of child wellbeing and future resilience. Research reveals that appropriate support services can help struggling families create these positive relationships. Chances for Children-NY has created an evidence-based program to transform that research into a course of treatment that enables and strengthens attachment between parents and children. Using a video-feedback technique, Chances for Children-NY works with parents to build on positive moments in their relationships with their children. These moments then become the foundation for stronger relationships that help children develop and help foster healthier families.