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Trauma Recovery Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

March 2024

Astor celebrates the opening of its Trauma Recovery Center with a Ribbon Cutting

Astor held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for our Trauma Recovery Center on March 4, 2024. Astor Services has officially unveiled its Trauma Recovery Center, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its 750 Tilden Street location in the Bronx. The center provides much needed therapeutic and support services to victims of trauma and violence and serves as a community hub to support victims of violent crime in the Bronx, with clear referral pathways from local hospitals, legal defense services, law enforcement, and other critical support providers.

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Astor Services Opens Liberty Counseling Center

February 1, 2024

Astor Services has officially unveiled its Liberty, NY counseling center, which provides services for individuals from birth to age 26. In an effort to meet the increased mental health needs it is currently seeing, the nonprofit organization, has expanded its reach to this Sullivan County location.

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Building Bridges Conference

October 27, 2023

Astor co-Hosts the 15th Annual Building Bridges Conference at Marist College

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Astor Services Debuts Rockland County’s First Ever Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program

Sept. 6, 2023

Astor Services unveiled its newest Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program, and first in Rockland County, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony

Astor Services officially unveiled its newest Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program, and first in Rockland County, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its location at the BOCES Educational Resource Center campus, 131 N. Midland Ave., in Nyack, New York. 

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Stop the Fights: How Schools Aim to Help Students Amid Tumultuous Mental Health Crisis

April 27, 2022

Poughkeepsie Journal

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BronxTalk School Counseling Support

September 13th, 2021

Astor on BronxTalk

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Astor Learning Center Designated as School of Excellence for Third Consecutive Year

June 3, 2021

Astor Learning Center (Courtesy of jwArtWorks LLC)

For the third consecutive year, Astor Services for Children & Families announced that its Astor Learning Center, located in Rhinebeck, NY, was selected as a 2020-2021 National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) School of Excellence. Serving thousands of children and families throughout the Bronx and Hudson Valley, the nonprofit offers residential and early childhood programs, community-based behavioral health and prevention services.

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Project Hope Crisis Counseling Begins Operation

March 1, 2021

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Beyond The Tip of the Iceberg

February 2021

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Report on Impact of COVID

February 2021

Lessons Learned: Challenges and Successes of New York’s Behavioral Health Provider Agencies During the Pandemic

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2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency

January 27, 2021

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A Parent’s Letter: Astor Services Staffer Aids Autistic Child While Grocery Shopping

February 12, 2021

A Note About An Exceptional Employee

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Astor - Open Minds Organizational Profile


Founded in 1953, Astor Services for Children & Families (Astor) is a community-based, non-profit provider organization that provides mental and behavioral health and education services for children and families in New York. The organization is accredited by the Joint Commission.

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Virus Spurs Telehealth Remedy at Astor Services

April 8, 2020

Almost overnight, Astor Services was able to roll out dramatically new ways of reaching its clients literally without skipping a beat. Naturally, in these times, the emergence of the coronavirus played a significant role in the changes. As the virus was forcing the closure of many businesses last month, Astor Services was able to quickly pivot from mental health clinical services done on a face-to-face basis to telehealth services now provided primarily through Zoom conferences, FaceTime and phone. The change kept clients and staff, working remotely, safe and secure while needed services were uninterrupted.

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Yvette Bairan named Chief Executive Officer

January 6, 2020

Yvette BairanAstor Services for Children & Families has appointed Yvette Bairan as its chief executive officer (CEO) effective January 6, 2020. Ms. Bairan has been serving as interim CEO of Astor, after former CEO, James McGuirk, PhD., stepped into a new role as president of The Children’s Foundation of Astor in July 2019.

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Suicide Prevention: Recognizing Red Flag Behaviors in Youth

September 6, 2019

Starting school can stir up a multitude of emotions, whether a child is new to a building or moving up to the next grade. While many children are able to approach the new year with positive expectations, some struggle to adjust and grapple with worry and concern over what lies ahead. Between academic pressures, social obligations and change in general, turning over a new leaf can be tough.

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McGuirk Appointed President of Astor’s Children Foundation

July 11, 2019

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Treating Trauma by James McGuirk, PhD

November 29, 2018

At age seven, Edward, watched as his mother Alma (real names withheld for confidentiality) endured the pangs of an abusive relationship. Though she would later succeed in extricating them both, Edward’s life was marked with trauma.

He lashed out at school, fought with his siblings at home, and his behavior at school worsened. Alma became overwhelmed and didn’t know how to respond properly to calm him down.

Things began to change after Edward was enrolled in an Astor Services for Children and Families treatment facility in the Bronx. 

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Adopt-A-Family Program Seeks Donors

October 17, 2018

Donations Brighten the Holidays for Astor’s Deserving Children in the Hudson Valley and the Bronx

Astor Services for Children & Families is helping to brighten the holidays for children and their parents through its annual Adopt-A-Family program. The program, which runs until December 9th, matches families in-need with new gifts bought by volunteer donors. Together, Astor and community members gave away gifts to more than 1,400 children in the organization’s programs and their families during the 2017 holiday season.

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Look for signs of depression and help save a life


The suicides of successful celebrities earlier this year has been a stark reminder that more support and understanding are needed for all people that struggle with depression and mental illness — celebrities, every day folks, disadvantaged adults or children and anyone else. Locally, too, many families continue to grieve for family members who take their own lives. Too often, suicides in the recent involved adolescents.

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