The Family Center’s Maite Aquino Program

In 2017, The Family Center’s Maite Aquino program was awarded a $100,000 grant.

The Maite Aquino Program at The Family Center provides comprehensive legal, social and health services to low-income, minority NYC mothers affected by breast cancer, and their very young children, as well as other family members. The Program annually serves 105 women of color, who are living below the federal poverty line, struggling with a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, and raising children under age seven. In addition to their breast cancer diagnosis, Maite Aquino Program clients face multiple stressors including depression, domestic violence, and stigma. The combined and cumulative effects of these stressors impede the efforts of these young mothers to provide safe, stable home environments for their families. Thanks to JALBCA and Sullivan and Cromwell, The Family Center provides highly tailored, intensive services to support and stabilize the families of these breast cancer-affected women. Since 2012, 184 breast cancer-affected mothers, and 249 of their young children, have received expert legal, social and health services at The Family Center in memory of Maite Aquino.