In 2012, the Board of Managers voted to change its charter, becoming the Board of Directors, and opening membership to men and women. Six members of the former Board of Counselors joined the new Board of Directors. The Home again received high marks as an outstanding agency in its re-accreditation review.
In 2013 Executive Director Walter Joseph was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve as a member of the New York Justice Center’s Advisory Council. The Justice Center was created in legislation known as the “Protection of People with Special Needs Act” to establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting people with special needs. It serves both as a law enforcement agency and as an advocate for people with special needs.
In May 2014 the Home responded to a US federal government request to provide beds for unaccompanied children fleeing unrest in Central America. This program operated from May 2014 through October 2015 and served 75 children.
On December 31, 2015 the Therapeutic and Regular Foster Homes programs closed due to a reduction in the need for therapeutic foster homes due to an increased emphasis on community and home based services.
The Safe Harbour program opened in October 2016. This fourteen-bed program provides services to adolescent girls who are survivors of, or at high risk for exploitation and trafficking, and girls that have a complex history of trauma. Safe Harbour is trauma responsive and focuses on the treatment, recovery, and healing of the girls. The program provides the only beds serving this population in upstate New York.
In December 2016, the Home began providing Care Management Services as a part of the NYS Department of Health Children’s Health Home Program. This program provides care coordination services to children, youth and families with chronic conditions as well as complex mental and physical health needs. In 2017 we served 18 Families from three counties.
The Home was successfully reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation in 2016.
Today, in increasingly complex and fluid child welfare environment, the Home continues to serve the needs of the less fortunate children and youth in the Hudson Valley. It’s not about orphans as it was on our founding. The Home serves children and youth who are victims of abuse, neglect, parental substance abuse and other serious traumas. The Board of Directors and the staff have remained dedicated to our mission of providing a safe and nurturing environment for at-risk children and families in the Hudson Valley.