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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.