for children with special healthcare needs.

brighter futures

going above & beyond since 1982

NAC is driven by the belief that a child’s history is not their destiny and that a disability or medical diagnosis does not define them.

- Dr. Arlene Goldsmith, Founder

A Note From Arlene

A Note From Arlene

My 42 Years at NAC

After serving as Executive Director of New Alternatives for Children for 42 years, I will be transitioning my role to Founder. I am extremely pleased to announce that Dr. David Goldstein, NAC's Chief Operating Officer for the past 6 years, will assume the role of Executive Director on March 18, 2024. 

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5593 children & family members served
 in all 5 boroughs of New York City

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98 % of children in NAC Preventive 
Services avoided entering foster care

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NAC provides a full continuum of care to keep children safe, healthy and thriving in all 5 boroughs of New York City, with integrated health and social services for the entire family.


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