Child Find of America, Inc (New Paltz, NY)


  • Name:Donna Linder
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Child Find of America, Inc
  • Address:PO Box 277
    New Paltz, NY 12561
    New York
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:8458836060
  • Main fax:8458836614

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  • Mission:
  • To ensure that all children are in a safe and legal environment, Child Find offers free conflict resolution skill building, problem solving, and mediation services, along with location, prevention education and support services, to families in crisis and the professionals who serve them.
    Child Find has pioneered this mission since its founding in 1980 by a searching mother whose daughter had been abducted by the father during a custody dispute. Most abducted children are taken by a parent during high family conflict battles over child support, co-parenting, custody, visitation, and personal values. Parental abduction is child abuse with victim children suffering a long list of lifelong consequences such as those listed above. More than 200,000 children are reported abducted by a parent each year. This number does not include those children killed by a parent in the tragic family disputes that all too often make the headlines or our children who live daily with toxic family conflict.

  • Overview:
  • Parent Help, our signature national program , offers free and confidential problem-solving services related to parenting apart. With the goal of prevention and children’s well being, Parent Help seeks to address conflict fully and early on. Our innovative telephone-based approach empowers thousands of parents to have immediate access to the benefits of alternative dispute resolution and mediation, including under served populations such as low income families, parents who have never married, and fathers and mothers who have difficulty negotiating social service systems. Case managers additionally provide a multidisciplinary service plan designed to benefit those who care for children by reducing conflict and educating on their options. Each year Parent Help receives more than 15,000 calls from around the country, and the world. About half our callers are moms and half are dads. 80% of our parent clients report satisfaction with Parent Help services. Parent Help offers consultation services to allied professionals and agencies nationwide who tell us they appreciate the ability to refer clients to us for the services they are not mandated, funded or trained to provide.Child Find of America’s Parent Help program focuses on family strengthening to ensure that all children are in a safe and legal environment and that all children can love and be loved by both parents.

    The negative impact of repeated exposure to family conflict is caustic to children, particularly when linked with poverty, neglect, substance abuse and violence. These harmful effects can last a lifetime.

    • Research conducted by The Center for the Advanced Study of Excellence in Early Childhood and Family Support Practices indicates that children living in high inter-parental conflict situations exhibit depression, low self-esteem, delinquency, aggression, poor academic performance and social adjustment problems.
    • Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child and the American Academy of Pediatrics report such “toxic stress” both weakens the development of the young brain and threatens mental and physical health, drastically increasing risks of developmental delays and social disorders. The research further reveals that adults who experienced childhood toxic stress are far more prone to enter parenthood with an impaired ability to parent well, manage co-parenting disputes, resolve conflict and negotiate helping systems.
    • The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study) conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente provides clear evidence on the unfortunate and direct connection between health, social, and economic risks and childhood trauma.
    Building on the protective factors found in a child’s life can prevent, mitigate and/or eliminate toxic stressors. Critical to this effort is building parents’ capacity to handle conflict constructively, raising awareness of their own conflict characteristics and the impact conflict has on children, and connecting parents to resources. Multiple stressors require multidisciplinary, interconnected responses to create the safe, supportive environments, relationships and strong families children need.
    We talk to parents and caretakers living together in conflict, living apart or soon to be living apart, to address the bevy of issues that arise. Our direct services include exploration of issues related to co- and parallel parenting skills, child development, parenting plans, the courts, communication skill-building, self-care, and safety planning. Our information and referrals may provide additional exploration and resources in matters connected to paternity, mental health, child abuse, domestic violence, legal assistance, child support, substance abuse, youth at risk, et al. This means that – should mediation not be appropriate or one party does not wish to engage – we can continue to speak with the caller about the options on resolving the challenges that still exist. We do not close cases and remain open to hearing from callers at any point once a case is open.

  • History:
  • Although a small agency, Child Find has been a pioneer in programming for families in crisis and lauded for its sound fiscal management. Since its founding in 1980 by the mother of an abducted daughter, Child Find played a significant role in the creation of laws that now make all forms of child abduction a crime; in the establishment of a national clearinghouse to assist law enforcement in their investigations; and in the increased media attention given to missing children cases. During the 80’s, with a federal grant from the Department of Justice, we created a mediation program and expanded our focus to the prevention of parentally abducted children. Today we remain the only agency that offers free services to parents BEFORE an abduction occurs. In 2002, President Bush invited our Executive Director to speak at the first White House Conference on Missing and Exploited Children. In 2006 we received another federal grant to develop our Parent Help program in support of the Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Marriage initiative, and since 2011 a sub-contract provides our services to the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse.
    Child Find is governed by a 6-member voluntary board that meets at least four times a year and brings a wealth of expertise in finance, human resources, advertising, a former client parent, and attorney. We are audited annually and our 990s are filed on time. A small staff of paralegals, social workers, mediators and human service professionals delivers an array of telephone based services and interventions to more than 15,000 callers each year. In addition, our executive director holds a masters degree in organizational development, and with staff, conducts workshops and trainings to allied professionals at national conferences.
    During the past decade, Child Find’s annual budget has ranged from $350,000 to $520,000. Our 2013-2014 budget is $426,000. We are proud to consistently earn an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy’s Charity Watch and have, over the years, been cited in many publications as one of the country’s best small charities. Child Find spends less than 10% of budget on fundraising and our telephone based service delivery model is extremely cost efficient.

  • Year established:1980
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:6
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:9


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:222323336

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:222323336
  • Organization Name:CHILD FIND OF AMERICA INC
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  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:21 S ELTING CORNERS RD
  • Organization City:HIGHLAND
  • Organization State:NY
  • Organization Zip:12528-2805
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 1981
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):349
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other youth organization or activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:May, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:May
  • NTEE Code:I24Z
  • Asset Amount:$223,325
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$566,756
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$566,756
  • Last Updated:2/20/2018 11:19:28 pm

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