“And I could hear the system’s clock ticking. I knew that the older I got the less likely I would be adopted. Everyone wants cute. Everyone wants a blank slate. And as my case file began to overflow with problems, I could feel my value shift.” — Story of Tim McAdam* in America’s Youngest Hostages,  […]

Summer is here! And it brings with it the annual Downey Side Gala. We’ll be celebrating on June 23rd at the Lobster Shanty in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, and online, too. It’s a great night of cocktails and wonderful food by the water with a fantastic raffle that includes a 5-day trip to Costa Rico […]

Remembering Father Paul Engel Wake: Thursday, May 26, 2022 3:00 – 8:00 PM Whalen and Ball Funeral Home, Yonkers, NY   Funeral: Friday, May 27, 2022 11:00 AM Sacred Heart Church, Yonkers, NY https://sacredheartyonkers.org His funeral on Friday May 27 will be Live Streamed https://evt.live/fr-paul-engel   Memorial Mass: Saturday, June 11, 2022 11:00 AM Sacred […]

We saw this wonderful article from the Oregonian Newspaper and received permission to share! DEAR ANNIE(R)  BY ANNIE LANE  FOR RELEASE: MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2022  Visibility for Foster Youth  Dear Annie: Something not spoken about regarding oppression, disadvantages and privilege is the privilege people have when they have family.  I grew up in foster care, […]

Adoption Done Right By Br. Terry Taffe ofm Cap. & Ian Keldoulis   Adoption, done properly, yields miracles. Adoption, done improperly, frequently leads to disappointment for potential parents and ongoing misery for children in foster care. So, what’s the surest path to take? Downey Side’s fifty-plus years of experience creating forever families makes us uniquely […]

Spring is almost here, so while there’s still snow on the ground, I thought it would be good to look back at the highlight of the winter season for Downey Side—the annual Race For Kids held at Stowe Mountain in Vermont. The event, organized by the Financial Communications Society, has jumpstarted our fundraising for 22 […]

Br. Terence Taffe, the Executive Director of Downey Side recently spoke on a podcast titled “On The Town with Tonya”.  Tanya chats with Br. Terrence J on his work at Downey Side and his love of working with homeless and foster youth. Listen to the podcast by clicking here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgEnZl9hisk

Sr. Liz Engel, O.P. reflects on 30 years spent in service to children in need of families. As she retires from a long and beautiful career, capped by decades in Downey Side, she tells us of the beauty of her twin vocations of being a Dominican and a social worker. As a golden jubilarian of […]

We are proud to say that our families fight to keep brothers and sisters together. It’s not uncommon for Downey Side families to take in two, three, or more, siblings at the same time. As you can imagine, this has a tremendously positive impact. It also means that children adopted through Downey Side skew older, […]

The foster care system is hiding in plain sight all around you. That almost 500,000 children are without permanent, loving families isn’t a secret but how they live and what must be done to help them remains a mystery to most Americans. Written for people unfamiliar with children’s services, this book brings to light the […]