Friend of the Family is our volunteer program that allows Westchester residents an opportunity to help build stronger families and communities by donating their time and talents.

If you are looking to join our tutoring program, become a mentor to child, sponsor a family in need, donate your services to one of our fundraising events, or make an in-kind donation, Family Ties would be honored to have you as a Friend of the Family.

To find out how to become a Friend of the Family, please call (914) 995-5238 or email our development office.


  • Family Ties espouses a System of Care for children with emotional challenges that is family driven, child centered, culturally competent and focused on the strengths of the children and families involved.
  • All Family Ties services are free and confidential.
  • A year in residential treatment can cost $130,000 or more per person.
  • A day in a psychiatric hospital can cost about $1,000 per person.
  • It costs Family Ties about $1,000 per family for a year of services.
  • A day of Family Ties activities costs about $2.75 per family.
  • Family Ties has existed in Westchester for nearly 20 years and has grown from one small support group to a membership of over 2,000 families strong.
  • Most Family Ties staff have experience navigating service systems for their own families.
  • Family Ties is affiliated with the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health and Families Together in New York State.