Finally – Good News for Children in Foster Care

Posted on June 12, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

SUNY Approves Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School

Finally, good news for children who suffer far too much -- those in foster care, at risk and in the neediest communities – children who too often age out of school, then fall behind in life.  After years of planning and negotiations, the just-approved Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School can offer these children a chance at a better future.

Check out this SUNY Charter School Committee video and watch as they voted last week to approve this Catholic Charities affiliated agency’s charter school application.


Clearly life can be tough for children taken from abusive or inadequate parents and raised by others.  But what Cardinal McCloskey witnesses first hand – and now can better impact – is how these tough childhoods too often lead to tough lives as adults as well.

All children deserve love, stability and safety. When they cannot find this at home, Catholic Charities agencies step in. For more than a century, we have been recognized as major providers of high-quality foster care throughout New York.

Without early intervention, the reality for the thousands of foster children who ultimately “age out” of foster care is grim.

Within 4 years of aging out:

  • 25% experience homelessness
  • less than half graduate from high school
  • 42% become parents themselves
  • more than 80% are unable to support themselves

Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School plans to address this in a safe, supportive and trauma-sensitive learning environment.

Through a rigorous program of instruction utilizing a trauma-informed, “sanctuary” approach and by providing a wide range of wraparound support services, Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School will help each student become more resilient, independent and academically successful.

Cardinal McCloskey Community Services affiliate has been making a difference in the lives of children and families since 1946.  Its 40 programs and services in 44 sites throughout Westchester, Rockland, the Bronx and Harlem already provide services and education to over:


“The impact this school can have on children who have suffered trauma and neglect in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the Bronx cannot be overstated,” says Cardinal McCloskey President and CEO Beth Finnerty.

Find out more about Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School

Learn more about Catholic Charities foster care services