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Northern Statement on Recent Indictment of Former Employee

September 28, 2016:  In June 2014, Northern Children’s Services (Northern) learned, through its own internal investigation, that a former employee may have engaged in financial impropriety involving Northern’s funds.  We quickly notified law enforcement, and worked closely with the authorities in support of the investigation.

Sonya McQuillar, the former Northern employee, has been indicted on three federal charges:  two counts of “Theft from a Program Receiving Federal Funds”, and one count of “Lying to the F.B.I.”.

We want to reassure you that this unfortunate criminal act in no way affected the children and families we serve. 

Since this time, Northern’s leadership and Board of Trustees and staff have taken critical action steps to ensure that this unfortunate act will never be repeated .Northern has implemented new controls and brought on new team members in the areas of financial administration and compliance to make sure this action will not be repeated.

Northern is committed to sound financial stewardship and to delivering maximum support for our children, families and communities.  We are grateful to those who supported us in the investigation of this matter, and to law enforcement officials for their time and attention.

Please direct any and all inquiries to:  Renata Cobbs-Fletcher, President & C.E.O. (, 215-482-1423, ext. 1243), and Darcy Brazzle, Chief Compliance & Operations Officer (, 215-482-1243, ext. 1202.


NCS This Month: Giving Back to the Community

A Message from our President and CEO

Just like a garden, children begin as seedlings who blossom when lovingly nurtured, they have adequate room to grow, and they receive plenty of light. Thanks to Northern’s incredibly compassionate staff, sprawling 6-acre campus, and the August sunshine, these kids have shot up like rays of light, beaming from the gym to the pool.

NCS this Month: Celebrating Staff and the Summer

A Message from our President and CEO

The July sun is radiating over NCS, and its warmth can be felt all over campus, as I watch the children and staff engaging in summertime fun. I want to shine the light on our Partial and Wellness team leaders, an incredibly patient group of staff, whose daily contributions have resulted in incredible progress made by our “littles.”  Thank you for the efforts that you all contribute day in and day out.  (more…)

NCS this Month: Celebrating Milestones and Success

A Message from our President and CEO

June is a very special month here at Northern.  It is a month of celebrating the successes of our children, youth, families and staff.  As I approach my own milestone on June 22nd  – my 1-year anniversary – I am reminded of why Northern is so exceptional.   When I started last year, so did many of  the children attending our summer camp and young mothers in our residential programs.  In just under twelve short months,  I see the progress of these children, youth, and families.  From progress in therapy to proms to graduations from elementary, middle, and high school and Northern’s programs, these milestones are great reminders about why we do the work that we do. (more…)

NCS this Month: Celebrating Foster Care Awareness Month

A Message from our President and CEO

In May, we celebrate National Foster Care Awareness Month.  At Northern, this observance gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on our work to find wonderful resource parents for children and youth under the care of the Department of Human Services, and a safe and warm home on our beautiful 6-acre Roxborough campus.  Leaving out the neglect, physical and emotional abuse, loss, and other trauma that these beautiful young people have experienced, the singular fact of being removed from the home of their parent(s), the relatives who raised them, or from one or more previous foster care settings is a traumatic event in and of itself.   (more…)

NCS this Month: New Beginnings and a Fresh Start To Spring!

A Message from our President and CEO

March 20th marked the first day of spring.  Spring represents rebirth and new beginnings and our campus is already blooming in color and beauty! For Northern, this is a particularly significant symbol this year. We are emerging from a winter that brought us many challenges, but also brought us many wonderful reminders of why we do the work that we do, and why it is so important for us to continue serving communities across Philadelphia and Chester.    (more…)

NCS this Month: A Message of Fortitude and Courage

A Message from our President and CEO

Each year, February is a celebration of Black History Month.  We celebrate not only the accomplishments and contributions of distinguished individuals who have given so much to the United States in so many ways, but also the fortitude, courage, resilience, and faith of countless and nameless everyday people who have overcome tremendous odds over the centuries in this country. (more…)

Sunshine Shout-Out: Kia Butler, Director of Foster Care, Honored With Prestigious MLK Award

“Change begins with us.”

Kia Butler, our Director of Foster Care,  said after receiving the 2016 Drum Major for the Justice Award at the Martin Luther King Celebration brunch at West Chester University’s Sykes Student Union on Thursday, January 21, 2016.  The Drum Major for the Justice Award is a prestigious honor that is awarded to individuals who follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by dedicating their life’s work to social justice issues.  (more…)

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