Roslyn Heights, NY - December 21st, 2015 - North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center is pleased to announce that the WE CARE Fund of the Nassau Bar Association Inc. has made a grant of $2,500 to support the Children’s Center at Nassau County Family Court, operated by the Guidance Center.
The Children’s Center is a safe haven for children and a respite for parents who need to appear in court. The Children’s Center offers short-term childcare in a supervised, secure and nurturing environment for children from infancy to 12 years of age. Approximately 1,800 children participate yearly.
“We are very grateful to the WE CARE Fund for stepping in to help children while their parents are taking care of court business,” said Andrew Malekoff, Executive Director and CEO of the Guidance Center. “Being in a unfamiliar environment such as the courthouse can be frightening for children, but the Children’s Center is a beautifully equipped facility with nurturing caregivers that allows the youngsters to feel at ease - plus every child in our care is sent home with a book each day.”
The WE CARE Fund is the nationally recognized charitable arm of the Nassau County Bar Association. Founded in 1988, WE CARE funds are raised by the legal profession and the community at large. The money is distributed through charitable grants to improve the quality of life for children, the elderly and others in need throughout Nassau County.
Nurtured by the tireless efforts of lawyers and judges, the WE CARE program has matured into a nationally recognized model for similar programs instituted by other bar groups. With the financial support and personal effort of so many, WE CARE has been able to serve the community in myriad ways.
About North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center
As the pre-eminent not-for-profit children’s mental health agency on Long Island, North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center is dedicated to restoring and strengthening the emotional well-being of children (from birth - age 24) and their families. Our highly trained staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, vocational rehabilitation counselors and other mental health professionals lead the way in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, training, parent education, research and advocacy.
The Guidance Center helps children and families address issues such as depression and anxiety; developmental delays; bullying; teen pregnancy; sexual abuse; teen drug and alcohol abuse; and family crises stemming from illness, death, trauma and divorce. For more than 60 years, the Guidance Center has been a place of hope and healing, providing innovative and compassionate treatment to all who enter our doors, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information about the Guidance Center, visit www.northshorechildguidance.org or call 516-626-1971, ext. 309.