New Alternatives for Children


NAC is the leading New York City-based health and social service organization that exclusively serves children with significant disabilities, emotional behavioral challenges and chronic illnesses. Established in 1982 in response to the problem of medically complex children languishing in hospitals beyond medical need, today NAC provides an integrated continuum of health and social services to support family preservation, reunification, and adoption for 3,800 at-risk children, siblings and parents annually in NYC. NAC’s programs are integrated and comprehensive to ensure we meet the unique needs of every child who walks through our door. In addition to keeping children safe from abuse and neglect and ensuring that they are in a loving family of their own, NAC has a team of 11 Educational Specialists who support NAC children’s academic progress; more than 40 accessible recreational groups and activities; housing and homelessness prevention services; a clothing, toy, and food bank; wheelchair-accessible vans; and an on-site Comprehensive Healthcare Center (CHC) consisting of licensed medical and mental health clinics.

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