What We Do
New Alternatives for Children adoption services for medically fragile & children with dissabilities
NAC provides real help and real hope to thousands of children with disabilities and chronic illnesses and their families throughout New York City. Through an integrated continuum of health and social services, NAC keeps children safe from abuse or neglect and works with birth, foster and adoptive families to keep children out of institutions and in nurturing, loving homes. Beyond safety and permanency, NAC supports each individual and family served in reaching their full potential.
Making sure each child is safe and has a permanent and loving home to call his or her own is our focus and our first goal. This cannot be achieved without providing a community of support that helps our families every step of the way on their journey toward stability and self-reliance.
NAC’s unique model pairs each family with a social worker and nurse in one of our four core programs.
A NAC client named Tayo, who had spent his first seven years in a hospital due to cerebral palsy, was the first to notice that NAC spelled backwards is “CAN” and said, "That should be NAC's motto -At NAC, kids can." Tayo clearly took this message to heart, and is currently completing a graduate degree.
Read about some of the many accomplishments NAC has achieved serving children with special healthcare needs and their families.
“NAC has maintained its status as the preeminent health care and social services agency for children with special medical needs,” - US Department of Health and Human Services upon awarding NAC an Adoption Excellence Award.
A growing number of social service agencies emulate NAC’s model, which is guided by eight strategies.
- NAC serves 1,400 children and their families annually
- NAC has virtually eliminated foster care recidivism and aging-out of foster care
- NAC prevents the placement of children in foster care for 98-99% of families served in Preventive Services
NAC Kids Can
NAC has helped over 100 children with disabilities and chronic illnesses make their college dreams come true.