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Support Children's Mental Health

Your donation ensures that all families receive the mental health support they need.

Meet Maria

Maria Garcia has been a school social worker at PS 503 in New York City for 17 years.

“I grew up in this neighborhood. I see myself in a lot of the families that we serve here. I love the community, I love doing counseling, and I love supporting our families and seeing them reach their goals.”
– Maria Garcia, School Social Worker


A Community Struggling with Mental Health

Maria says that even before the pandemic, many children in her school’s predominantly working-class, immigrant community struggled with mental health. Once the pandemic hit, she saw a “tidal wave of need” stemming from isolation, grief, loss, financial stress, and social changes. Over 40 families in her school lost a family member to COVID-19.


Maria using resources provided by School and Community Programs

Partnering with School and Community Programs

Through a partnership with the Child Mind Institute, Maria and her colleagues work with the School and Community Programs team, including Director of Professional Training Janine Domingues, to provide mental health support to students and families. With evidence-based trainings and direct services including trauma treatment and mental health skill-building, these programs provide care for high-need students, while also empowering educators and school counselors to deliver services directly and independently moving forward.

“We have this incredible opportunity to provide these services for free, to take evidence-based prevention and intervention and make them equitable and accessible for all students.”

– Janine Domingues, PhD, Psychologist and Director of Professional Training, School and Community Programs


Maria Garcia at PS 503 in NYC

“We Truly Work as a Community”

For Janine and Maria, the collaboration between the school and the Child Mind Institute is what makes these programs work. As Janine says, “we truly work as a community.” The school knows what makes sense for its students and families, while the School and Community Programs clinicians bring an expert perspective on evidence-based strategies. Together, they can bring mental health services to students and their families in a way that works for everyone.

“School is a place where people come naturally…we build relationships, we build community, and it’s a way to provide support that families don’t have to pay for, that’s in their language…that families need.”

– Maria Garcia, School Social Worker

Help Support More Students and Families

As an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we rely on the support of individuals who share our belief that no child with a mental health or learning disorder should have to struggle alone. Donate today to allow more children and families to get the help they need.

About Your Donation

About the Child Mind Institute

Millions of children – as many as 1 in 5 – struggle with mental health or learning challenges. Fully 70% of U.S. counties do not have a single child and adolescent psychiatrist. Due to stigma, misinformation, and a lack of access to care, the average time between onset of symptoms and any treatment at all is over 8 years. Our children deserve better.

That’s why the Child Mind Institute was created.

We’re dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need. We’ve become the leading independent nonprofit in children’s mental health by providing gold-standard evidence-based care, delivering educational resources to millions of families each year, training educators in underserved communities, and developing tomorrow’s breakthrough treatments.

Together, we truly can transform children’s lives.

Donation Match

To find out if your employer will match your donation and for other enquiries, please contact our development team via phone 646.779.1779 or email developmentinfo@childmind.org.

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Donation Information

Child Mind Institute is a tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification number 80-0478843) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Every donation made to the Child Mind Institute is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. We do not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

Donor Privacy Policy

We will not sell, share or trade our donors’ names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations. This policy applies to all information received by the Child Mind Institute, both online and offline, as well as any electronic, written, or oral communications. To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.

The Child Mind Institute comprises a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Child Mind Institute, Inc., and two clinical programs, Child Mind Medical Practice, PLLC and Child Mind Medical Practice, PC. Donations to the Child Mind Institute are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The Child Mind Institute does not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry. Upon request, a copy of our latest annual report can be obtained by contacting the Child Mind Institute at Attention: Development Office, 101 East 56th Street, New York, NY 10022 or by contacting the Charities Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General at 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.

More Ways to Support Children's Mental Health

Explore more ways you can support the Child Mind Institute and our mission to transform children’s mental health. From donations by check to giving through your employer, we offer a variety of giving options to fit your preference.

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