Preventive Services

Preventive Services

Edwin Gould’s Preventive Programs are free community-based services designed to assist families in crisis.

Our work focuses on:

  • Strengthening families
  • Preventing child abuse and neglect
  • Supporting families when children return home from foster care

Our services include group and individual counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy, and referrals. We provide trauma-informed, evidenced-based services incorporating models including Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and the Parenting Journey.

The Incarcerated Mothers Program

Edwin Gould was among the first agencies to recognize the devastation incarceration brings to a family. The Incarcerated Mothers Program, founded in 1985, was developed to address the unique needs of mothers parenting their children from prison. Originally designed as a program to prevent foster care placement by assisting women and their children from the time of arrest, through court appearances, while detained or incarcerated, and as they return to the community, we are now exploring a program redesign to meet today’s needs.

Read about one of our program alumni in My Parents are in Jail – Teen People March 2005 and  Globen #36 2004 – IMP article



For more information on our preventive programming, please contact Co-Division Directors, Cynthia Vargas, LCSW  [email protected] 347-227-4161 or Sylvia Fety, [email protected] 347-464-7143