Wishing you and your families a healthy, hopeful and happy new year! For RHF, 2021 will be a year full of reflection, listening and learning, and fresh thinking.
A Look Back on 2020
It was a tough and challenging year for the children and families of NY and for our staff and partners. But amidst the turmoil and suffering, there were reasons for hope as advocates and practitioners developed new strategies to be responsive to families’ needs.
Some highlights for RHF:
In response to new needs arising from Covid-19:
We made new grants to support hardware purchases for close to 2000 families and students; to improve virtual casework; and to meet families’ concrete needs.
We released reports to identify Covid response resources and strategies to support families virtually.
CHAMPS and others advocated to extend supports to young people aging out during the pandemic.
RHF initiated a new foundation-wide commitment to Advancing Equity in Child Welfare and:
Launched the RHF Parent & Youth Advisory Board to center lived experience in defining our priorities and strategy.
Disbursed new grants to Black Lives Matter NY and other NYC grassroots groups, and also for increased parent representation and parent advocacy.
Our Family First Readiness efforts supported 18 NY counties with technical assistance, workshops, and funding to reduce congregate care and increase certified kinship placements.
We launched a community co-design process to develop a regional prevention services array and fiscal model.
Fair Futures NYC garnered $12 million for coaches and tutors to improve education, career-readiness, and permanency for youth in foster care.
RHF Welcomes Two
New Board Members
RHF is pleased to welcome Angela Burton and Hasan Stephens to our board of trustees. They both bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to RHF as we work to advance racial equity in pursuit of a new vision for child and family wellbeing.
Angela brings to the foundation a long history of efforts to enhance access to justice for children and families through teaching, writing, and public policy advocacy on behalf of children and families.
Hasan long dreamed of using his talents in hip-hop culture to help shift youth culture and its perspectives, and has worked as a leading youth advocate, mentor, entrepreneur and educator.