The NYSPCC maintains and continuously develops relationships with organizations that share its interests in child welfare and support for families. These relationships include a wide variety of governmental and non-profit organizations, such as:
The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) is the leading national organization supporting professionals who serve children and families affected by child maltreatment and violence. The NYSPCC frequently presents workshops on our program models at APSAC’s national conferences.
This state chapter is part of the leading national organization supporting professionals who serve children and families affected by child maltreatment and violence. After first serving as the President-Elect, The NYSPCC’s Executive Director, Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D, was elected President of the APSAC – New York in 2013. She also serves as the Chair of the Public Policy Committee.
The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) is an interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conﬂict. The NYSPCC is a member of AFCC, and has published articles on its program models in its quarterly publication, the Family Court Review. The NYSPCC has also conducted workshops on its program models at the AFCC annual conference.
The NYSPCC, in conjunction with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, also offers “Sentencing Alternatives for Family Education” (SAFE), a multi-day training program for parents who are criminally charged with “endangering the welfare of a child” due to leaving their children alone and unattended either at home or in automobiles. SAFE provides an alternative to criminal conviction and/or incarceration. Also collaborating on this program are the NYC Fire Department, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the NYC Administration for Children’s Services. The NYSPCC provides training on parenting stress and strategies for managing stress, general safety issues that affect children (discipline, bathing safety, injury prevention, Shaken Infant Syndrome, and the stages of child development), and child welfare and family court legal issues.
The New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) provides child protective services throughout the City of New York, including investigation and service provision regarding reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. The NYSPCC has an ongoing relationship with ACS, including the provision of crisis debriefing services to child protective investigators and a therapeutic supervised visitation program for ACS-involved families in Manhattan. The NYSPCC’s Executive Director, Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D, served on the Advisory Board of the ACS Commissioner for 15 years. Katheryn Lotsos, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services, sits on the ACS Domestic Violence Subcommittee. The NYSPCC is a member of ACS’s Lower East Side Community Partnership Program where Xuan Tran-Walsh, LCSW, co-chairs the supervised visitation committee.
The New York City Family Court adjudicates virtually all cases involving children and families throughout the City of New York. Types of cases include child abuse and neglect, child custody and visitation, family offenses (cases involving orders of protection), child support, and adoption. The NYSPCC has a long-standing relationship with the Court, both programmatically and as a participant in the Family Court Advisory Committee and its subcommittees. The NYSPCC’s Executive Director, Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D., is a member of the Family Court Advisory Council of the Honorable Edwina G. Richardson-Mendelson, Administrative Judge of the New York City Family Court. The Council is made up of the principal institutional entities operating in New York City’s Family Courts and meets regularly to be informed of important developments in the court and to provide input from the agency perspective. Stephen P. Forrester, Esq., The NYSPCC’s Assistant Executive Director, serves on the Child Protection Committee. Brenda Tully, LCSW, Assistant Director of Clinical Services, serves on the Family Court Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Subcommittee.
The New York City Mayor’s Child Fatality Review Advisory Team (CFRAT) investigates the causes of all preventable deaths among New York City children from birth to 17 years old, and makes recommendations for expanding the City’s child safety efforts. In 2006, The NYSPCC’s Executive Director, Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D., was appointed by the Mayor to serve on the CFRAT.
Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey is the only statewide non-profit dedicated to preventing child abuse in all of its forms, for all of New Jersey’s children. The NYSPCC is partnering with the agency on a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study designed to develop and pilot a behavioral health screening and linkage to treatment protocol for use during home visits with at-risk new mothers.
Prevent Child Abuse New York promotes efforts to develop, improve, and expand quality services and effective policies to prevent child abuse and neglect and enhance child development. The NYSPCC frequently presents workshops at conferences held by Prevent Child Abuse New York.
The NYSPCC partners with the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, New York University Silver School of Social Work, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, Columbia University School of Social Work, and Adelphi University School of Social Work by providing internship opportunities for students in Master’s-level social work programs. Through hands-on experience, and guided by talented and seasoned NYSPCC social workers, students obtain valuable knowledge and experience that will prepare them for future employment as social workers. Educating students about the child abuse protection and prevention field is a part of The NYSPCC’s mission and is imperative for the continuation of valuable and much needed social services. During the 2013-2014 academic year, The NYSPCC is training four MSW interns. For more information on The NYSPCC’s internship program, please click HERE.
The Supervised Visitation Network (SVN) is an international membership network that establishes standards, promotes education, and advances professionalism in the field of supervised visitation. Katheryn Lotsos, LCSW, The NYSPCC’s Director of Clinical Services, is a Board Member of the SVN , where she co-chairs the Training Committee. Brenda Tully, LCSW, The NYSPCC’s Assistant Director of Clinical Services, is a member of the SVN’s Credentialing Committee. Ms. Lotsos, Ms. Tully, Ms. Tran-Walsh, and other NYSPCC staff frequently present workshops at SVN conferences.
The New York State Chapter of the SVN is dedicated to establishing standards, promoting education, and advancing professionalism in New York State’s supervised visitation field. Xuan Tran-Walsh, LCSW, The NYSPCC’s Therapeutic Supervised Visitation Program Manager, is the Secretary of the New York State Chapter of the SVN.