About Us

Coalition for Hispanic Family Services (CHFS) 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.


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


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
Oxana Digenakis
Grace Lossa
Alejandro Martinez

Jorge Luis Paniagua Valle

Mariela Abreu

Leadership Team

Denise Rosario, Executive Director BIO

Jeannette Burgos, Deputy Executive Director
Alexandria Munoz, Director, Foster Boarding Home & Adoption Services 
Laura Paris, Director, Arts & Literacy After School & Summer Program
Franc Villalobos, Director, Preventive Services/Services for Family Development
Amanda Palley-Quinones, Director, Beacon Center for Arts & Leadership and Cornerstone Community Centers

Sinthia Peña-Ortiz, Director, Bushwick Community Partnership
Nakia Marshall, Director, Treatment Family Foster Care
Abigail Feliciano, Director, Community Based Services
Sal Morales Jr., Operations/Contracts Manager
Wanda Maldonado, Director, Human Resources
Earl Matthews, Information Systems Manager

Hector Berrios, Director, Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement

Holly Smeltzer, Director, Fair Futures

Karina Diaz, Director, Mental Health Services

Nivia Butler, Director, Children and Family Treatment and Support Services (CFTSS)