June 26, 2009

Gillibrand Announces Key Senate Panel Approves $300,000 to Strengthen Brooklyn Child Abuse Prevention Efforts

Federal Dollars for Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $300,000 for Ohel Children's Home and Family Services in Brooklyn in the FY10 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Billto improve the well being of at-risk students. Senator Gillibrand aggressively lobbied members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill.

"Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our kids," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will help give Ohel Children's Home and Family Services the resources they need to reach out and protect more New York City children, and provide the mentoring, guidance and leadership they need for a path to a bright future. I pledge to always be a voice for our young people, and work to make sure they are safe and have every opportunity to succeed."

Ohel Children's Home and Family Services is a premiere foster care agency in New York City.  Ohel comprises 1,000 full and part-time psychiatrists, psychologists, certified social workers, nurses and counselors who provide tutoring, mentoring, vocational training and respite work for New York City children and families.

The $300,000 federal investment will go toward Ohel's "At-Risk Youth and Child Abuse Prevention" program to help improve the well-being of elementary and high school students through school-based services, community education, crisis intervention, psychological counseling, teacher training and mentoring.

Late yesterday, the Appropriations Bill for Commerce, Justice and Science passed the full committee. The legislation will head to the floor for a full vote before the Senate. The bill will then proceed to the House-Senate Conference Committee, before final passage in both chambers, and sent to the President to become law.