About Us

History

Coalition for Hispanic Family Services (Coalition) is a not-for-profit community-based comprehensive family service agency located in New York City. We serve the North Brooklyn communities of Bushwick, Williamsburg and East New York and the Queens communities of Ridgewood, Elmhurst and Corona.

The Coalition began in 1986 as a sub-committee of the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families and consisted of a group of child welfare professionals who were concerned about the status of child welfare services to Latino children and families in New York City. In 1989 the Coalition was established as a not-for-profit organization in New York State.

 

In 1990, through a legislative initiative sponsored by Assemblyman Albert Vann, the Coalition was awarded a start-up grant from the New York State Department of Social Services to provide community-based foster care services to Hispanic families. Over the years the agency’s services have expanded to include mental health, primary health care, after school education, HIV/AIDS case management, youth and parent training, youth leadership development, fatherhood support, family support, homelessness prevention and community service internships.

Mission

Our goal is to empower children, youth and families with opportunities for success and self-reliance while reinforcing their sense of cultural and self-identity. This is achieved through a holistic, culturally competent, family based approach.

Services

We offers an array of family focused services that include:

 

  • FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION
  • TREATMENT FAMILY FOSTER CARE
  • OUTPATIENT CHILD, ADOLESCENT AND FAMILY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  • CHILDREN'S COMMUNITY RESIDENCE
  • AFTER SCHOOL & SUMMER PROGRAMS
  • PARENTING SUPPORT PROGRAMS
  • CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION

 

Most services are available in English, Spanish and other languages.

 

Board of Directors

Jose Nazario, Chairperson

 

Vladimir Arrieta


Oxana Digenakis


Grace Lossa


Alejandro Martinez

 

Denise Tomasini-Joshi


Patricia White

 

Leadership Team

Denise Rosario, Executive Director BIO

 

Jeannette Burgos, Associate Executive Director, Mental Health Services

 

Vladimir Carvajal, Director, Foster Boarding Home & Adoption Services 

 

Abigail Feliciano, Director, Community Based Services

 

Wanda Maldonado, Director, Human Resources

 

Sal Morales Jr., Operations/Contracts Manager

 

Laura Paris, Director, Arts & Literacy After School & Summer Program

 

Franc Villalobos, Director, Services for Family Development

 

Diana Delgado, Director, Beacon Center for Arts & Leadership and Hope Gardens Community Center

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Meet Our Staff

Lesly Afranie and Yuri Iwahara from Brown University are two of the interns working at CHFS sites this summer.

Coalition for Hispanic Family Services is a registered 501c3 not for profit organization

Coalition for Hispanic Family Services 990 Tax Exemption form

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In 2014 we served over 7,000 children and their families.