A Message from our Chief Program Officer
Berkshire’s mission is to strengthen children and families so they can live safely, independently, and productively within their home communities. With over 100 programs & services statewide, Berkshire provides trauma-informed care right where families need us the most; in their homes and communities.
And, when working with families in their homes is not an option, Berkshire provides a safe haven for children in need of care through one of our over 500 certified foster homes, residential treatment center, community group homes, and non-secure and secure detention centers.
The information that follows highlights our why. Why we do what we do and why what we do matters to children and families. There are many ways to get involved and make a difference. Please join our mission today.
Chief Program Officer
Through our trauma-informed model of care, Berkshire operates over 100 programs and services across New York State to meet the needs of children and families where they need us most; in their homes and communities. And, when working with families in their homes is not an option, Berkshire provides safe havens for children in need of care through one of our over 500 certified foster homes, residential treatment center or community group homes.
100% of the children and families we serve come to Berkshire with a history of trauma exposure. Embracing a trauma-informed model of care, we work with children and families to overcome their past traumas so they can live safely and take control of their lives.
Taking control of one's life is the foundation of Berkshire's mission of strengthening children and families so they can live safely, independently, and productively within their home communities.
Trauma-informed care is a treatment model that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. It emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for both consumers and providers, and helps survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.
Trauma-informed care also guides our organizational culture. Our business decisions, how we run our meetings, and how we treat one another are formed by this treatment model.
Safety and well-being are important not only for the children and families we serve, but also for our employees, board members, donors/volunteers, and community partners.