The Puerto Rican Family Institute (PRFI) wants to keep families intact and healthy. It offers more than 20 social and health care programs to families who live in primarily Latino neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey, as well as Puerto Rico. Services include mental health treatment through clinics in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Jersey City, Manhattan, and Queens; crisis intervention; foster care placement prevention programs; and Head Start programs. PRFI also reaches out to the mentally and developmentally disabled by operating intermediate care and residential alternative facilities. The not-for-profit serves those infected with AIDS through counseling, psychiatric services, and case management.
The PRFI was launched in the 1960s to support Latino families that were losing their children into foster care at staggering numbers. Today, the organization serves more than 15,000 families a year with a broad range of services -- including a mentoring program for children of prisoners and anger management programs for parents -- intended to promote self-sufficiency in New York area Latino communities.