Hope For Youth was founded in 1969 by Nassau County Family Court Judge Elizabeth Bass Golding, concerned about the unnecessary institutionalization of children. The first Hope For Youth group home was opened in 1970. Hope For Youth brought local and national recognition for innovating the group home concept and founding a prototype agency.
Today, Hope For Youth provides a range of services for children, youth and families including foster care, residential programs, preventive services and out-patient clinical care.
Because very few foster parents are able to accept placements of sibling groups of three or more Hope For Youth has established the Family Ties program, the only down state emergency shelter for large sibling groups.