In any year, between 13% and 20% of children in our country experience a “mental disorder.”
Emotional and behavioral struggles in American youth include the significant presence of substance use and abuse, risk-taking behaviors, and suicide. At Astor Services for Children & Families, we know these struggles well and are committed to walking the road with these youth and their families so they can find ways to heal and regain hope.
Astor Services for Children & Families is much more than simply the “home for children” which we were at our founding in Rhinebeck, NY in 1953. Today, with locations around New York State in Dutchess County, Ulster County, Orange County and the Bronx, Astor offers support as diverse as the communities and individuals we serve.
Early Childhood Development Programs
Astor’s range of services begin with our early intervention preventive programs which focus on fostering healthy growth and behavioral development.
Astor’s early childhood development programs provide comprehensive child care benefiting the entire family. We are a leader in providing Head Start and Early Head Start services, Mater nity and Early Childhood Outreach Programs, and other programs which serve the behavioral health needs of the youngest children in our communities. We work to identify behavioral health concerns as early as possible, and to give families the assistance they need to manage them.
Community-Based Mental Health Programs
A primary goal at Astor is working to keep children with behavioral health needs at home with their families and in their regular schools whenever possible. Our community based behavioral health services are designed to enable youngsters and their families to manage difficulties while remaining together in their homes.
Our counseling centers provide children and families the guidance and assistance they need to work through their problems while staying at home and in school. When behavioral health problems interfere with regular schooling, our day treatment programs aim to provide short term alternatives to regular schooling, help children and families learn how to handle their difficulties, and return children to school as soon as possible.
Residential Treatment Programs
Residential treatment services at Astor are designed for those children who require a level of care that provides intensive and continuous therapeutic interaction in a controlled and structured setting. Like our other programs, these strive to help children and families understand and cope with behavioral and emotional problems, to help children grow stronger and happier, and to enable children to return to their own families and communities.