CHDFS, Inc. (The Center for Human Development and Family Services) was founded in
2002 by Dr. Julio Barros in response to the lack of services available to special needs
and mental health diagnosed children in the community. The organization’s origins
developed through a group of parents of children with special needs. This group took it
upon themselves to support one another and work as a whole, to better the lives of their
special children and themselves.
These parents began supporting one another to maintain a cohesive and healthy family.
A few members were licensed foster parents and provided emergency respite for
children in need. Through their training, founding members learned the importance of
permanency and how the lack of it can cause feelings of fear and abandonment and
shared this knowledge as well as their experiences with the group. There was a general
consensus that more assistance was needed in the community to help support their
The group then made a plan to institute respite care among themselves and began to
carpool and share the responsibility of picking up and dropping off their children at
extracurricular activities. This group networked and shared information and resources.
This group of parents began the building blocks and the seeds that were to come in
developing the approach and philosophy at CHDFS, Inc. The group agreed to start an
agency that supported other parents and families facing similar challenges and
experiences. CEO Dr. Julio E. Barros took the step and moved forward to start the
foundations of CHDFS, Inc. He, along with a few other individuals, performed the
groundwork themselves. Dr. Barros not only managed the business but also provided
some of the services himself.
After the formal incorporation as a Non-for-Profit 501(c) 3 corporation, CHDFS, Inc.
signed its first sub-contract with St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital (Child and Family
Institute) to be direct waiver provider for the OMH waiver program in Manhattan. Soon
after, due to the success of our workers in Manhattan, CHDFS, Inc. signed agreements
with the OMH providers throughout NYC to provide services in the OMH Waiver
After much success, CHDFS is very proud of its community/grass roots origin. We truly
believe in supporting families to become sustainable units. We specialize in bringing
tools and services to families that are culturally sensitive.
Dr. Julio E. Barros
In June 2022, Dr. Julio E. Barros passed away. CHDFS, Inc. continues its work to
maintain his legacy as a caring place for those in need and continues supporting families,
children and individuals without discrimination of color, race, gender, sexual orientation,
religion and origin.