Family Strengthening

Our Family Strengthening Program (also known as Family Preservation) support and stabilize families at risk of a crisis through preventive services.  Our family preservation program  serves children and their families residing in Central Harlem, West Harlem, Far Rockaway, Jamaica, South Ozone Park, Ozone Park, Howard Beach, and Woodhaven.  .

The agency collaborates with a host of community partners and organizations dedicated to preserving the integrity of families, keeping children safe and at home in the community.  In July 2020, we will implement the Solution Based Casework framework that encourages families to find their own solutions with the help of caring professionals.


Harlem Dowling-West Side Center facilitates groups, as well as evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions that includes the following:

  • GenerationPMTO – evidence-based individual parenting program
  • Strong African-American Families – evidence-informed group level parent/child groups
  • Parenting Journey – group level parenting program
  • Parenting Skills
  • Domestic Violence Survivor’s Group
  • Youth Groups