When our clients tell us or how we have positively affected their lives, it is very gratifying. More importantly, it outlines the critical success of the services that we provide. We have a 90% success rate in helping parents to improve their home situation and create a safe and healthy environment for their children. The following testimonials are a few snippets from the many testimonials that we receive. We are proud to share these stories.
“I’ve talked about things with you that I could never share with anyone. Why? You showed me that I could trust you, so I did. I too have a few things to be grateful for. The first is my son. Even though it took some time I can honestly say that I love him and that you’re the first person that I’ve admitted it to. I'm also grateful that you have stayed in my life even when I wanted to push you away.” - Single mother of one son
"[Name ommited] talked to me about the Parent/Child Center and I called and was able to talk to a very special person who understood. She listened to my story and came to my home and assigned me to a very helpful person who spoke my language and was able to listen and understand. She was also able to counsel me and give me suggestions on how to be a good parent. Since that day I haven’t felt alone or frightened anymore. And I think I’m carrying out my role as a father very well. Because I love my son and he loves me very much.” - Spanish-speaking dad raising young son
“This service is a wonderful program. I will continue to use this program with my customers.” - Department of Social Services caseworker
“She always had advice to offer and was willing to listen. I am no longer aggressive or easily agitated. I can focus on other things and not stress about the little things. I spend more quality time with my kids” - Single mother of two boys
“I am truly blessed to have someone like you in my life.” - Married father of 6
“I feel not only am I losing a good worker but that I’m also losing a friend and someone I’ve grown to trust… because only God knows how much you’ve helped me and my family. Everything I do in the future and every step I take I’ll always think of how you helped me to make it to where I am today and every day to come. I will always remember how you stuck in there with us even when times seemed unbearable and how you came to see me in the hospital and you always gave me hope and you never let me give up.” - Married mother of three
“I’m now 6 months clean and I want you to know that you had a big impact in the road to my recovery.” - Married mother of two
“Well after everything is said and done, I have this to say… I will miss Ruth. She has been very patient, sweet and very understanding and helpful with everything! She is a doll and she will be missed.” - Single mother of three
“I know I shouldn’t hit my kids, but I don’t know what else to do.”
At April’s Child, this is a call for help that we hear from parents nearly every day.
Think for a moment about how the world would change if every parent who is stressed, angry and overwhelmed could answer that question. So many more children would grow up in safe and nurturing homes, and we could all take a step towards breaking the devastating generational cycle of violence, abuse and neglect that so many suffer.
We help parents build healthy and appropriate relationships with their children. We teach effective discipline, stress relief, coping skills and positive parenting techniques. And we do it in the place where it is easiest for families to practice new skills: their home.
April’s Child has been doing this important work -- breaking the generational cycle of abuse and its devastating consequences -- for nearly 35 years. We work in all communities throughout Westchester County, acknowledging that child abuse and neglect impacts families and children of all socio-economic levels and ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
The families with whom we work often face many struggles: drug or alcohol use, mental illness, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and childhood trauma. The Parent Aides from April’s Child are frequently the first positive relationship a parent may have ever made, which helps them to heal from their own childhood trauma and provide a secure and nurturing home for their own children.