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NAFI Connecticut Named to Top Workplaces 2022 List
September 26, 2022

NAFI Connecticut, Inc. has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2022 honor by The Hearst Connecticut Top Workplaces. NAFI CT Executive Director Lynn Bishop and her leadership team also guide operations in Rhode Island and New York, and staff from across the cluster participated in the survey that led to the Top Workplaces honor for NAFI CT. The list of winners […]

NAFI Spirit of the Community Awards for NY, CT and RI
March 15, 2022

The NAFI Connecticut, Inc., NAFI Rhode Island, and NAFI New York community recently honored the 2021 Spirit of the Community Award winners as part of a virtual Town Hall meeting. Joseph Matcham, a foster care Independent Living Specialist for NAFI NY, received a Spirit of the Community Award “for all that we love about you.” […]

Hope is the Thing That Lights Up This Time of Year
December 17, 2021

Editor’s Note: Lynn Bishop, Executive Director of NAFI Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York, shared this end of the year holiday message with colleagues, and we would like to share it with you. Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and joyful holidays and a hopeful 2022! Dear colleagues of NAFI Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York: […]

NAFI New York 2021 Staff Awards Announced
December 14, 2021

Each year, NAFI recognizes and celebrates employees for the outstanding work they do in providing the highest level of innovative human and social services to individuals and families. Lynn Bishop, Executive Director of NAFI operations in Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York, recently announced this year’s award winners. (Also see the stories on the Connecticut awards and Rhode Island honors.) […]

NAFI NY Foster Program Gets Backpacks From Comfort Cases
August 5, 2021

NAFI New York recently received 25 duffle bags and 23 supply-filled backpacks for youth in its foster care program from the nonprofit organization Comfort Cases, founded by Rob Scheer, who was given a trash bag to take his belongings to a foster home at the age of 12. The duffle bags are empty vessels for belongings […]

Foster Parents: NAFI New York Launches Online Application Process
June 11, 2021

NAFI New York has partnered with the mission driven technology company Binti to launch a simple online application process for prospective foster parents. “Binti builds modern software with the goal of helping every child have a family,” the company website explains. “400,000 children are currently in foster care in the U.S. and millions are in orphanages around the […]

NAFI NY Orientation Sessions for New Foster Parents
March 15, 2021

Upcoming orientation events are scheduled for those wishing to join the ranks of NAFI New York’s foster families. The dates are: March 16, 5:30 to 6:30 April 13, 5:30 to 6:30 May 17, 5:30 to 6:30 June 15, 5:30 to 6:30 Participants in the orientation sessions will begin the process of discovering what it takes, […]

Jan. 7 Open House for Potential New York Foster Parents In Westchester, Albany, Orange, and Rockland Counties
December 31, 2020

NAFI New York will hold an online open house Jan. 7 for prospective foster families, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Click the link below to join the open house: Shawn White, our Home Finding Supervisor, will lead the open house with the assistance of Fay Williams of the Wraparound Program. “The open house will […]

2020 Spirit of the Community Awards: NAFI New York, CT and RI
December 27, 2020

 NAFI celebrates the amazing work its employees do for their communities in an awards ceremony each year recognizing those who go above and beyond the call of duty. This year, the ceremony had to be conducted remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions. NAFI’s Normative Community Approach creates a culture where people work together to achieve […]

Holiday and New Year Greetings from Dr. Bakal
December 24, 2020

Dear NAFI/NFI staff and family: As a very challenging 2020 comes to an end, let our holiday season be filled with gratitude for the extraordinary commitment and work you have done to ensure the wellbeing of consumers — and each other. You have taken on the added demands of the pandemic in ways that we couldn’t […]

This Holiday Season Is a Bridge Back to the ‘Best of Times’
December 23, 2020

Editor’s Note: Lynn Bishop, Executive Director of NAFI Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York, shared the following end of the year holiday message with colleagues, and we would like to share it with you. Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and joyful holidays and a hopeful and prosperous 2021!   Dear colleagues of NAFI Connecticut, Rhode […]

‘Gratitude Grams’ Part 2: Meet More of NAFI’s Team Players
December 15, 2020

NAFI staff members in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island have a tradition of sharing “gratitude grams” with one another each year during the Thanksgiving season. We highlight the messages of appreciation on social media, and this year we began sharing some of them on the website, too. Here’s the second batch, and make sure […]

COVID-19 Didn’t Deter ‘Thanksgiving Elves’ of Project Turkey
December 11, 2020

Carnevale Project Turkey has been a holiday tradition for nearly 30 years and NAFI staff and volunteers in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York navigated the challenges of COVID-19 this year to make sure families received the extra boost they needed to make the holiday special. In Rhode Island, where Carnevale Project Turkey originated, NAFI […]

‘Gratitude Grams’ Reflect Appreciation for NAFI Staff
November 30, 2020

Each year, during the Thanksgiving season, we invite our employees to share “gratitude grams” with one another. These messages of appreciation provide a glimpse into the incredible support and commitment our employees demonstrate all year long in carrying out the vital and vibrant human services mission of the NAFI operations in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and […]

A Message From the Executive Director
March 19, 2020

As we navigate the crisis created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s vitally  important to stay connected, to create a sense of unity even amid the challenges of social distancing—and to interact in online forums like this one as a community of compassionate, caring citizens with the common goal of making the world around us […]

Chris Watson Wins NAFI New York Spirit of Community
December 17, 2019

Christopher Watson, the Business Manager for NAFI New York, received the 2019 Spirit of the Community award for New York at the North American Family Institute’s recent annual conference. In giving out the annual awards, attributes of winners were described before their names where revealed. “This individual is a real team player. He/she comes to work […]

Corporate News

Friends of NAFI/NFI Fall 2019 Newsletter

Friends of NAFI/NFI Newsletter – Fall 2019 This edition of the newsletter focuses on employee recruitment and retention. Check it out by clicking the link above!

NFI Massachusetts Announces New Executive Director

NFI Massachusetts Appoints Lydia Todd as Executive Director DANVERS, MA, – Today, Lydia Todd, a resident of Peabody and a Newton Native, was appointed as executive director for NFI Massachusetts, Inc., after more than 30 years of professional work in human services and criminal justice. Lydia is replacing Steven Hahn who served as the agency’s […]

NAFI/NFI 2018 Annual Report

  NAFI 2018 Annual Report Welcome to North American Family Institute’s 2018 Annual Report. Please click on the link above to read the report in its entirety.

Friends of NAFI/NFI Summer 2017 Newsletter

This edition of the Friends of NAFI/NFI will outline for readers the importance of measuring our successes through data collection and outcome reporting. It is vital to our agency growth that we regularly assess and review the impact of our services. This knowledge gives us the ability to refine and improve our programming, better serving […]

Our Perspective: NAFI New York – Where Collaboration is Key

The relatively small, but mighty NAFI NY Region has made the use of collaboration a key element both in its program design and as a strategy for growth and development. The result has been a growth in programming as well as support and recognition from our partners in the region. First, from the program design […]

NAFI Celebrates 40 Years

This year, NAFI is celebrating its 40th birthday – 40 years of remarkable service to our fellow men, women and children that began humbly, but with great hope, in a garage in Marblehead, Massachusetts 40 years ago. Download the NAFI 40th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet: Looking Back and Looking Ahead ›