Children in foster care with Children’s Aid and Family Services are receiving therapeutic horseback riding lessons at Pony Power Therapies in Mahwah, thanks to a grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area.

 

(Paramus, NJ) – June 14, 2016 – Children’s Aid and Family Services recently received a grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area in the amount of $7,000. The grant will be used to provide therapeutic horseback riding lessons for children in the agency’s therapeutic foster care. Equine-assisted therapy helps vulnerable children to build confidence, trust, improve socialization and communication and learn to better control their emotions.

“The children in our care have been severely abused and traumatized, and they have great difficulty trusting others,” says Jerry Binney, President & CEO of Children’s Aid and Family Services. “Therapeutic equine lessons help them to form attachments and learn responsibility, which is a huge help to their healing. We are extremely grateful for this generous grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area and the difference it will make in our children’s lives.”

“The use of therapeutic horseback riding instruction has been demonstrably proven to be beneficial to the continued development of vulnerable children,” said Christopher Perry, Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area’s Executive Director. “In keeping with our organization’s Mission of supporting programs that directly improve the well-being of children, we are proud to support Children’s Aid & Family Services and the children it serves through its therapeutic horseback riding program.”

 

About Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area

For over 20 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area has been creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Their signature programs include scholarships to help provide access to a college education for students who need and earn it, and community grants to support a variety of local children’s charities in the areas of medicine, crisis intervention, civic and social services, education, and the arts. The organization also provides needed support to 5 Ronald McDonald Houses, which are “homes away from home” allowing families to be with their hospitalized children for extended periods of time. For more information, please visit www.rmhcnytristate.org or contact 732-623-8639.

 

About Children’s Aid and Family Services

Children’s Aid and Family Services is a leading nonprofit human services organizations serving northern New Jersey. The agency is fully accredited and has served the community for more than 115 years. Its mission is to preserve, protect, and when needed, provide families. Motivated by compassion and in partnership with the community, we make positive lasting differences in the lives of those we serve. We provide high quality, innovative services to children and their families that advance social, educational and emotional development and wellbeing. For more information on Children’s Aid and Family Services, call 201.261.2800 or visit www.cafsnj.org.

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