A Message from our Chief Program Officer

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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, 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.


Warm regards,


Stacy Williams

Chief Program Officer

Our Model of Care

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.

What is

Trauma-Informed Care?

View the program map below to see where all of our Community-based Services, Foster Care Services, and Detention Services are located across New York State.

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