To protect and nurture those children whose families are unwilling or unable to care for them and to strengthen families so that every member has the opportunity to help themselves toward a better future.


For over 75 years, Edwin Gould’s Community of Care has addressed the complex and often overwhelming issues that confront society. Rooted in a history of services focused on the needs of orphaned children during the early years of the twentieth century, our programming now includes a comprehensive array of services incorporating evidence-based practices to address those in need across the life-span. Our cornerstone foster care and adoption services are joined by community-based preventive services designed to assist at-risk families; programming focused on the prevention of domestic violence, intervention to assist victims of such violence, and advocacy toward policy change; criminal justice services; school-based programs; health and mental health services; vocational, and economic empowerment programming; and group living environments for developmentally disabled adults who wish to live independently.

We reach over 12,000 individuals every year across the five boroughs.

Recent Highlights

  • 128 children were reunited with their biological families after foster care placement in Fiscal Year ‘16
  • 69 children united with their forever-families through adoption in Fiscal Year ‘16
  • 12 of our young adults in foster care are currently attending college
  • Only 12% of participants in the STEPS to End Family Violence Alternative to Incarceration program were rearrested – the national rearrest rate for women is 49.8%
  • 100% of teens in the STEPS to End Family Violence Peer Leadership program graduated from high school in 2016.