Studies show that children who experience family stress and instability in the home can suffer from poorer health and cognitive development outcomes. Working closely to address ways to strengthen the family can help set up children for success and benefit families and communities.
BCS family and supportive services program provides services to families that are in crisis and helps them to maintain a stable, nurturing environment for their children through structured family therapy, parenting groups, and other tools that improve their quality of life. BCS services include parenting training, counseling and referral services so families have the tools they need to stay together and grow stronger.
Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York Family Center
Bedford Stuyvesant and East New York Family Centers serve hundreds of families who want a stable home environment as well as to gain the skills to become self-sufficient.
Bay Park Family Services in Coney Island
BCS provides services to the residents including case management, job readiness and counseling.
These locations also offer Family Support Services, which include financial literacy and health and wellness programs enabling BCS clients and residents from the surrounding community to enhance children’s and family emotional, social and physical well-being.
Coney Island Community Service Center
In addition to a terrible loss of life, Superstorm Sandy caused hundreds of millions of dollars in personal property damage, much of it hitting New York communities that were already struggling in a tough economy.
Immediately after the storm, BCS launched relief and recovery efforts in one of the hardest hit impact zones: Coney Island. By working in close coordination with local community groups, BCS was able to provide both immediate recovery-related support and to become a partner in long-term efforts to meet the community’s needs.
BCS Coney Island launched following extensive relief efforts and aims to expand BCS programming for children and adults in Coney Island into one of Brooklyn’s most historic communities.
- Programs Include:
- Case Management
- Intensive Family Counseling Services
- Youth Development
- Referrals for Legal Guidance
- Individual Relief
- Relocation Assistance
Monday-Friday, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Astella Development Corporation
In Coney Island, BCS is proud to partner with Astella Development Corporation, a non-profit organization that has served the Coney Island community for over 40 years. Astella provides affordable housing and economic development opportunities, and works to improve neighborhood quality of life.
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Astella reached out to invite BCS to join its effort to provide relief and recovery services to devastated Coney Island households. BCS and Astella first worked together to offer case management, workshops and cash and in-kind assistance to those who suffered storm damage, and in so doing, formed a lasting partnership. Together, BCS and Astella established a Coney Island Community Service Center at 1702 Mermaid Avenue, where both organizations now offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of area residents.
Still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy?
BCS, in collaboration with Astella Development Corp. and Coney Recovers, is participating in broad-based relief efforts to assist Brooklyn residents in the storm impact zones – families and individuals who had not previously received services from BCS.
We have focused these efforts in Coney Island – one of the areas most severely devastated by Hurricane Sandy. We are especially trying to reach families who suffered substantial losses not covered by insurance and not funded by FEMA.If you are uninsured, ineligible for FEMA, or suffered major loss due to Sandy, BCS is providing hurricane relief.
We are providing short and long-term relief, recovery services, and assistance, including:
Mental health and family counseling
Support and guidance around entitlements
Essential furnishing (beds, stoves, refrigerators)
Family Therapy Approach
Common struggles facing families:
Families come to BCS with conflicts with their marriage, partnership, family members, children’s social-emotional challenges, or issues at school. Often families are copying with trauma, illness, loss, family changes, or transitions, and disconnection and support.
Our range of services to support families includes: Family Therapy, Coaching and Strengthening Parenting Skills, Group Sessions with Parents, Children and Teens, Client Advocacy, and Case Management Support
We partner with families to set clear goals for change and embrace their uniqueness so they can draw from their strengths and abilities. In family meetings, individuals experience real change rather than just talking about it.
We equip families with the support that they need to find new ways of connecting and responding to the stress around them.
- Parents and caregivers are more confident and less frustrated
- Children are happier, more respectful, and set up for success
- Relationships within the household are community are more satisfying
- Relationships with workers and agencies in the family’s life are more useful to them
Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Center
20 New York Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11216
East New York Family Center
400 Liberty Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11207
Bay Park Family Services
3415 Neptune Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11224
Brooklyn Community Services has partnered with the Department of Youth & Community Development to provide program and services that aim to strengthen the relationship between father and their children.
The Fatherhood Program work to reconnect fathers who are not involved in their child/children’s lives. BCS works with the father to help establish positive, healthy, and supportive relationships with their child/children. Specifically, BCS helps to address issues confronting non-custodial fathers, which could include:
- Reconciling the roles of adolescence and fatherhood
- Surmounting challenges of unemployment or homelessness
- Absence due to incarceration
Specific Services Include:
- Individual and family counseling
- Parenting skills classes
- Assistance with child support and arranging child visitation
- Educational and employment counseling and referrals; HSE and ESOL referrals
- Father-to-father mentoring
- Family budgeting and consumer education
- Meditation and conflict resolution training
- This program is informed by studies that show that children with involved fathers are less likely to get into trouble at home, school, or in the neighborhood.
- Improved academic achievement at school has been shown among adolescents.
- Children with involved fathers are more likely to exhibit self-control and pro-social behavior.
Prospect Plaza is currently providing resident support services including case management and referrals. A case manager is on-site Wednesday and Thursday, but also available by phone and email.