Community Maternity Services (CMS), an agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, was founded in 1971 as a single residential program providing services to pregnant adolescents. The agency has grown through the years to meet the changing needs of the children, adolescents and families in our communities. Today CMS provides a continuum of services including care for pregnant and parenting adolescents and their families; group residence and family care for children; prevention services and supports for families at risk, as well as daycare services, adoption services, foster care services and respite services.
To enhance the quality services we have been providing for 40 years, CMS is implementing the ®Sanctuary Model into our practice. This model provides a whole system, trauma informed approach to treatment and healing.
The ® Sanctuary Model is first and foremost a guide for creating a safe, therapeutic environment that promotes physical, psychological, social and moral safety for our clients and for the people who care for them.