Family Matters

Family Matters Logo

Family Matters logo by Anthony DeJesus, former Youth Member and artist-in-residence.

In October 2014, Friends was awarded funds from the New York City Department of Probation to launch Family Matters, a parent support program for parents and guardians of youth in Manhattan Family Court who are going through the delinquency process. Through this program, Friends’ parent coaches are trained and employed to empower families of children undergoing a charge in Family Court, helping them keep up with court requirements and navigate the City’s resources and relevant agencies. This initiative is resulting in fewer missed court dates, warrants and violations and, ultimately, more youth kept out of the court system for good.