About Little Flower

Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York is a not-for-profit charity serving children, families, and individuals with developmental disabilities across New York City and Long Island.  Since 1930, Little Flower has been committed to improving the lives and well-being of the children, families, and people with developmental disabilities across NYC and Long Island so they can reach their full potential.

Our staff of over 500 people builds well-being by providing foster boarding home care, residential treatment care, adoption services, programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities, and medical and mental health services.


Little Flower, rooted in Catholic tradition and guided by the lives of Saint Therese Lisieux and Saint Peter Claver, transforms caring into action to deliver services, programs, and direction to improve the lives of children in crisis, families, and adults with developmental disabilities.

Every day Little Flower strives to fulfill its mission to serve children and families weathering life storms and adults with developmental disabilities in need. We are proud that we were able to accomplish the following in 2020, despite the challenges we faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our Little Flower heroes continued to serve to ensure the well-being of those we serve and:

  • Helped 8 children find their forever families through adoption
  • Served 558 children in loving foster families
  • Cared for 128 children in the Residential Treatment Center and Inner Lights Program
  • Helped 144 children return to their own families
  • Assisted 58 young adults to navigate aging out of foster care to begin life on their own
  • Assisted 471 children and families access critical health care through the Health Homes program
  • Helped 140 adults with developmental disabilities lead more rewarding lives


In January 2019, Little Flower and St. John’s Residence for Boys entered into an affiliation agreement.  St. John’s provides holistic and strength-based residential education, treatment, and care to young men in need to help them heal and improve their well-being and personal development with the goal of assisting them towards reunification with their families so they realize their own self-worth.

This partnership will allow for increased collaboration to further the missions of each organization, increase efficiency in the programs and services offered, and broaden those services to a growing base in the communities they serve.  St. John’s will have the ability to draw from Little Flower’s larger operational systems while the combined service footprint and services offered by the affiliated organizations will create a deeper and broader regional presence.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

DiversityEquityInclusionBelonging.  At Little Flower, we believe these to be more than words.  These are the values that guide our work and mission — it makes us who we are.

Little Flower celebrates and embraces the differences and uniqueness of every individual in our community.  We respect, value, and welcome each and every client, employee, community member for who they are and the lives they have lived.  Together we work to build an inclusive culture that empowers and supports one another to be the best we can be to each other and those we serve.  We are committed to striving for this ideal every day.

However, believing in equality is not enough.  We are committed to combating racism of the world by actively opposing it.  It is not enough for us to simply not be racist – we must be actively anti-racist and build anti-racist institutions.  We plan to do this by challenging ourselves to understand and correct any inequities we discover and for our anti-racist commitment to be reflected in all of our policies and procedures to benefit our entire community.

As a Sanctuary certified organization, Little Flower uses a trauma-informed lens to encourage emotional intelligence, open communication, and social responsibility to foster a safe, inclusive, and nurturing environment for all employees and clients.

Little Flower values people on the basis of their character, action, and merit, and has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination against anyone for any reason.