Children FIRST

Fordham Law student Sara Gates leads a discussion with students from P.S. 191

Children FIRST supports agency-based practitioners to promote practice innovation in agencies and organizations serving children and families. Founded in 1988 and housed at the Westchester Campus of Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service (GSS), Children FIRST:

  • Offers quality training and professional development activities that advance state-of-the-art knowledge and social work skills. Training includes identifying child abuse, neglect and maltreatment, as well as its investigation, assessment, intervention, coordination and treatment; mental health, substance abuse, HIV, domestic violence, sexual abuse, educational disabilities, supervisory training, service to school age children and adolescents and permanency planning.

  • Undertakes intervention research and evaluates practice and program initiatives. Research projects occur across the spectrum from needs assessment and program evaluation to intervention and outcome research.

  • Supports emerging evidenced-based, family-focused and community-centered developments in the family and children’s services field. Needs assessment, program development, demonstration projects, research and program evaluation are available to public and private entities desiring the development of new services or evaluation of current practice approaches.

Children FIRST draws on faculty from Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service as well as the resources of a cadre of professional consultants from social work, psychology, education, medicine, and the law. We offer these resources and expertise to national, state, local and professional organizations.