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. (firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-482-1423, ext. 1243), and Darcy Brazzle, Chief Compliance & Operations Officer (email@example.com, 215-482-1243, ext. 1202.
By- Sarah Neiman- Originally published in the Chestnut Hill Local on July 15th, 2016. Click here to view the article online.
“No matter what you are going through today, I promise you, you will all be winners in life,” said Northern Home alumnus, Jawara Griffin. He directs this motivational promise towards the young people currently enrolled at Northern Children’s Services (formerly Northern Home for Children), 5301 Ridge Ave. in lower Roxborough, while reflecting on how his time at Northern gave him the confidence to overcome a tumultuous past and taught him to set goals for himself, one jump shot at a time.
By Bonnie Dugan – Originally published in the Chestnut Hill Local on June 9, 2016. Click here to view the article online.
Qutiera Jones may only be 14 years old, but she knows exactly what she wants – a better life for herself. (more…)
Originally posted by Mom to Mom with Lynne Gentz on May 11, 2016. See the full interview here.
“We’ve been able to form the bond and the friendship with Jessica and with Northern that they want to see your everyday. Everyone’s not always having the best day and they (Northern) are really supporting and accommodating of that.” (more…)
WISSAHICKON >> Lined up on Connell Field at Northern Children’s Services, the Philadelphia Soul had size, speed, years of training and fancy jerseys on their side, but the ragtag group of neighborhood kids had heart. (more…)
Originally published on the Executive Leaders Radio website on January 20, 2016. Listen to the full interview here. Skip to 32:50 mark to listen solely to Renata’s interview.
Executive Leaders Radio is dedicated to honoring individuals who have risen to leadership roles through hard work and dedication. This highly popular radio program shares the stories and wisdom of leaders like Renata Cobbs-Fletcher with a diverse listener audience with the goal of helping others achieve the level of success that Renata Cobbs-Fletcher has. (more…)
By Bonnie Dugan – Originally published in The Chestnut Hill Local on March 11, 2016. Read the article online here.
At the age of 15, after his grandmother fell ill and was unable to care for him and his siblings, Kenny Stone was taken away from his home in the city’s Logan section and placed at what was then referred to as Northern Home for Children in lower Roxborough in 1988. (more…)
After about a month in the cold, three buildings at Northern Children’s Services have heat again, but the child welfare agency is not out of the woods yet. (more…)
With the mercury predicted to hit single digits over the weekend, workers hurried on Friday to replace a broken boiler at Northern Children’s Services that has left three buildings without heat for over three weeks. (more…)
PHILADELPHIA, PA — For the first time in recent memory, one Manayunk-area nonprofit said they face an emergency. (more…)