Support NYC Children, Youth & Families During the COVID-19 Crisis

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Our Mission Matters Now More Than Ever

Our mission at New Yorkers For Children has always been to fill in the gaps within New York City’s child welfare system; working towards ensuring that no youth in foster care falls through the cracks.

Since the onset of COVID-19, we have seen unprecedented need across the board among transition-age youth in foster care and those who have aged out, ages 18-26. Since mid-March 2020, NYFC has distributed nearly $1.8 million to 1,866 ACS-involved children, youth, and families. About $750,000 of which were direct cash payments to youth through NYFC's Emergency Grants Program.


Our COVID-related emergency grants range from about $300 to $800 - depending on need - and go towards rent, utility bills, groceries, household items such as cleaning supplies; and where applicable, baby food and diapers.

  • $25 could help purchase a face mask, gloves, and cleaning supplies for a youth in foster care trying to protect themselves
  • $50 could provide one week of groceries for a student who lost their part-time job
  • $150 could help feed a young mother and her child for one week
  • $250 could help buy a laptop to allow a young person to stay in school and connected
  • $500 would go a long way to help provide one month’s rent for a foster youth who can no longer stay in their dorm
  • $750 would help ensure that a young mother and her child are able to stay safe, housed, and fed for a month

No donation is too small. Together, we can be the safety net for New York City youth in and aged out of foster care for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.