History: The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), the nation’s only pan-Asian children’s advocacy organization, aims to improve the health and well-being of Asian Pacific American children and families in New York City. CACF was founded in 1986 by a group of concerned social service providers, and initially run as a volunteer operation. CACF incorporated in 1992 and hired its first executive director in 1995. CACF advocates on behalf of underserved families, especially immigrants struggling with poverty and limited English skills, and promotes better policies, funding, and services through policy advocacy, youth leadership, parent education and mobilizing, coalition building, and action research. It works with diverse organizations, with a membership of over 35 organizations including Chinese-American Planning Council, New York Asian Women’s Center, Sakhi for South Asian Women, and University Settlement, and with partnership organizations, such as Citizens’ Committee for Children, Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, and United Neighborhood Houses to advocate for Asian Pacific American issues on a local, state and national level. CACF has published numerous reports identifying the needs facing Asian Pacific American families and proposing recommendations to address the needs to elected officials, city agencies, and service providers, as well as directories documenting the resources available to them. Today, CACF is still the only organization of its kind in the nation to advocate for the rights of East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander children and families.
Summary: The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) Records consists of publications, resource and research files, minutes, financial information, files on CACF programs and projects, publicity materials, photographs and administrative files.
The largest group of material in the collection contains publications and policy reports issued by CACF, as well as the research and administrative files associated with each publication. These files date from 1987 to 2008 and encompass 21.5 linear feet. Individual publications include A Seat at the Table (2000), Crossing the Divide (October 2001), Half Full or Half Empty (2002), Understanding the Law On How You Can Discipline Your Children (2002-2003), Connecting the Dots (March 2007), Building Bridges (2006), Breaking Down Barriers (May 2008), Recording Voices (September 2008), Asian American Social Service Directory (1992 and 1997). Also included are issues of Progress, CACF’s newsletter, dating from 1997-2008, and annual reports from 2001-2005. Seven compact cassette tapes with recordings of focus groups for the Hidden in Plain View report are also included, as are DVD-Rs with presentations relating to selected reports.
Another significant portion of the materials are files relating to CACF’s projects and programs. Encompassing 12.5 linear feet, they document initiatives such as Project CORE (Children Overcoming through Resources and Education), a community mental health initiative designed to help children in Chinatown recover from the emotional and economic impact of September 11th; a 2002 survey of parents and other caretakers conducted in a variety of languages including Tagalog, Korean, Urdu and Hindi; and community roundtables and dialogue programs (1997-2001). Materials relating to training programs from 2002-2008, including Beyond Food and Dance and the Language Access Taskforce as well as events which CACF sponsored or attended, including conferences, fairs, symposia and workshops. These include 38 mini-DV tapes, dating from 2005 to 2007, which contain audiovisual recordings of these events.
Also included are 12 linear feet of resource files documenting available services and issues of concern for Asian Pacific American children and families. These include civil rights, childcare, new immigrant services, Medicare, foster care, demographic issues and parenting. Material in these files dates from 1994 to 2008 and includes information on Concerned Mothers in the Chinese Community and the Asian American Student Advocacy Project.
Materials from the development department, encompassing 16.5 linear feet, include publicity materials generated by other organizations, fundraising and grant materials, membership files, and planning notes, press releases and other administrative information relating to CACF’s Annual Caring for Children Gala. Also included are newspaper clippings pertaining to the organization, many from Chinese-language newspapers, and seven VHS tapes and 1 DVD-R containing news reports on issues of concern to Asian Pacific Americans, including Ernabel Demillo’s 1998 investigative report on sweatshops.
The collection also contains general administrative files (2 linear feet), minutes from Board of Directors meetings (1 linear foot) and financial information (5 linear feet), including payroll information. Access to documents containing financial information is restricted. Electronic files are stored on a networked drive, and currently equal 6.6 gigabytes. Periodic DVD-R backups of this shared drive are also part of the collection. Email correspondence, which is largely conducted through Microsoft Outlook, is stored locally on each computer.
Also included is 1 linear foot of photographs documenting CACF events and benefits from 1992-2006, including their annual Gala. Although most of them are color 3 x 5 inch print, some black and white and 8 x 10 prints are also present. 4 CD-Rs containing photos of the 2007 and 2008 galas are also included.
Total Size: 75 linear feet, 75 boxes, and electronic files.
APA-related Size: 75 linear feet, 75 boxes, and electronic files.
Languages of materials: Bengali, Chinese, English, Hindi, Korean, Tagalog, and Urdu.
Location: Coalition for Asian American Children and Families offices
Bibliographic Control: none
Conditions Governing Access: Currently inaccessible to the public.