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Parents and Children

It’s difficult to change people as they get older. It’s easy to damage them when they are very young. These insights, simple yet profoundly important and confirmed by contemporary neuroscience, drive everything the Child Welfare Fund does. We believe that healthy parent-infant attachment is crucial to the rest of a child’s life.

“If I had $37 billion, I would focus it on the crucial node where attachment skills are formed: the parental relationship during the first few years of life.”

-- David Brooks, “Of Human Bonding,” NY Times, July 2, 2006

What We Do

We concentrate on New York City and adjacent New Jersey counties, where we fund and promote:

  • Treatment programs for parent-infant attachment
  • Public policies to reduce early childhood stress and trauma
  • Social services to traumatized immigrant families with infants and toddlers anywhere in the United States

"There is no such thing as a baby. . . . A baby cannot exist alone, but is essentially part of a relationship."

-- Donald Winnicott, MD, 1947 radio broadcast.