MercyFirst works hard to provide safe opportunities for healing and hope to secure a brighter future for the children and families we serve.


Our programs

MercyFirst works with children and families who have been traumatized - children who have been abused or growing up without parents, families in crisis, and teens who have lost hope for the future.

Every year we provide hope and healing to thousands of children who are struggling; giving them the foundation for a better tomorrow. We provide this help through a variety of different programs and services located throughout Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk County:

  • Family Support Services

  • Care Management Services

  • Youth Development Services

  • Medical and Mental Health Services

  • Family Foster Care and Adoption Services

  • Residential Programs

    • Community-based Group Homes

    • Mother-Child Residences

    • Campus-based Residential Treatment Services

  • Services to Immigrant Youth and Families

MercyFirst is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and is Sanctuary Certified as an organization that is trauma-informed in all that it does.  All residential programs are licensed either through NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) or NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH).

MercyFirst also participates in the Federal Breakfast/Lunch Snack Program. A copy of our Wellness Policy is available (click to view policy). More information about this federal program, as well as locations in the community where free meals are available to low income families, can be found at this link: National School Lunch Program.

Three students in the wood shop with a teacher
MercyFirst is a great program.
Everyone is there for you when you need them. It’s like a family.
— Daniel, Age 14

What We Achieved last year

  • 24 foster youth were adopted into loving homes.

  • 16 youth received assistance in our Scholarship Program.

  • 27 teen moms learned the skills to become better parents.

  • Safe shelter was provided to 388 children who were fleeing Central America.

  • 428 temporary homes were provided by our Foster Families.

  • 316 children and teens received treatment in our residential programs.

Interested in becoming a Foster Parent?