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In 1869, three Sisters of Charity opened their doors to save the lives of babies being abandoned on the streets of New York, beginning the tremendous legacy of the New York Foundling. Over the past 150 years, the Sisters’ ministry has continued evolving from a respite home for abandoned children, to a comprehensive spectrum of community support services designed to provide opportunities to the children and families of New York.

The Foundling formed the Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection in 1997, which has since grown to become a national leader in the field of child-welfare and works to improve the public’s knowledge and attitude toward child abuse and neglect.

In October, 2016, a joint partnership with The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) aimed at helping both organizations achieve a greater impact in the field of child welfare and maltreatment across the United States. APSAC is the nation’s leading organization supporting professionals who serve children and families affected by child maltreatment and violence.

The following resources are brought to you by APSAC and The NY Foundling including the Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection.

The Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection presents "The Repressed Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Adult Well-being, Disease and Social Functions: Turning Gold into Lead" by Dr. Vincent J. Felitti one of the original authors of the ACEs studies "Adverse Childhood Experiences: Impact on Brain, Body and Behavior".

APSAC is pleased to announce that Dr. Felitti will be a keynote speaker at our 27th Colloquium, June 7 – 11, 2020 in New Orleans. Consider attending the Colloquium, where you will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Felitti and experience plenary sessions, workshops, round table discussions and more while enjoying the unique night life of New Orleans! Registration is now open.

Alternately you can watch this webinar on YouTube.


APSAC, The NY Foundling and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Presents: Dr. Marla Blassard "When Does Poor Parenting Cross Over Into Psychological Maltreatment."

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APSAC is pleased to share three new resources for children and families. Machelle Madsen Thompson has been a resilience expert as a children’s individual and group counselor and researcher for more than 25 years including 12 years at Primary Children’s Hospital. During this difficult time, children may not understand what is happening.

APSAC is committed to help with these weekly Resilience Builders. These first three entries are part of an ongoing series; each installment will be posted on the COVID-19 resources page of the APSAC Website.

Resilience for Children & Families:

Resilience for Children & Families:
Protective Factors during Covid-19
Resilience for Children & their Families
Overcoming Fear during Covid-19




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