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Family Forever! Adoptive and Kinship Families
of the North Country Permanency Resource Centers
Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country/ Family Connections
194 US Oval
P.O. Box 2640
Plattsburgh, 12901
Phone: 800-540-2273 (toll free), (518) 561-4999 x103
Fax: 518-561-6956

The Family Forever! Adoptive and Kinship Families of the North Country Permanency Resource Centers will provide a variety of services to post adoptive, post legal guardianship, and KinGap families in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, and St. Lawrence Counties. This program has various services, including:

* Referral services: We can help you find what you need in the community
* Advocacy: We help accompany you to Court, DSS, School meetings, and more
* Respite care: Fun activities for children and child care while you enjoy some free time
* Support groups: A confidential and positive experience with others who understand what you are going through
* Educational workshops: information on topics relevant to you
* Home visits: We come to you and help you in the comfort of your own home
* Youth programs: An opportunity for youth to engage in constructive, fun activities with other you who have had similar experiences.
* Needs based assistance: Explore individual family needs and provide assistance on a case by case basis

Kinship Families are welcome to participate in Support Groups!

A New York State Office of Children and Family Services Kinship Caregivers Program and Permanency Resource Program

Children’s Home of Jefferson County
Program Contact: Karen Richmond,
P.O. Box 6550
1704 State Street
Watertown, NY 13601

This is a Permanency Resource Center (PRC) to serve post adoptive and post guardianship families. It cannot serve kinship families with custody or informal arrangements.

A New York State Office of Children and Family Services Program

Families ‘R Us Resource Center
3372 State Route 11, Suite B
Malone, NY 12953
Phone: (518) 481-7281
Jordan Stickney, Coordinator

Services include: Parenting Education classes, Family Resource Assistance and Referral, Parents Anonymous, Parent/caregiver-child play groups and Developmental Screening.  Also, will direct kinship families who qualify for non-parent caregiver subsidy (child-only grant) to Department. of Social Services and screen for eligibility for the grant.

Family Matters Resource Center
40 Marion St.
Tupper Lake, NY
Phone: (518) 359-8167
Donna Tanner, Family Resource Center Coordinator

Services offered include: Parents Anonymous support group every Tuesday from 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Open to anyone who takes care of children.


Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc (LASNNY)
100 Court Street
P.O. Box 989
Plattsburgh, New York 12901
Phone: (518) 563-4022; (800) 722-7380
Fax: (518) 563-4058

The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York provides effective, free civil legal services and education to and advocacy for people with low income or other barriers to accessing the legal system. Legal Aid takes kinship issues on a case by case basis, also does Education Law. No age eligibility, income eligibility varies from program to program.

Rural Law Center
22 U.S. Oval
Suite 203
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 561-5460
Phone: (866) 324-1183
Fax: (518) 561-5468

Since 1996, the Rural Law Center of New York (RLCNY) has been providing free civil legal services to low-income individuals and families statewide. The Rural Law Center’s legal staff is available to assist kinship caregivers from most upstate New York counties. Family members are welcome to contact our offices with any questions you may have regarding custody, visitation and other Family Court matters.  Our staff will provide legal advice and can assist you with the preparation of custody petitions and other common issues. Our services are made possible primarily with financial support from NYS Judiciary Civil Legal Services and the IOLA Fund of the State of New York.  The RLCNY serves every upstate county in New York except: Erie, Niagara, Monroe, Onondaga, Oneida, Broome, Albany, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, and Westchester. We do not serve NYC or Long Island.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Center
North Country Conflict Resolution Services
Rural Law Center of New York, Inc.
Akwesasne Business Center,
Frogtown Road,Suite 200
Hogansburg, NY 13655
Phone: (518) 358-2255

North Country Conflict Resolution Services (NCCRS) is a program of the Rural Law Center of New York, Inc.  The program is staffed by dispute resolution professionals and certified community volunteers, and is part of the statewide Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program administered by the Unified Court System of the State of New York. The NCCRS dispute resolution centers provide conflict resolution services to residents of northern New York Counties.  Our services are available in St. Lawrence County, Clinton County, Franklin County, Essex County and Hamilton County

Office for the Aging
355 West Main Street 3rd Floor (Location of office) (Effective May 18, 2016)
355 West Main St., Suite 447 (Mailing address)
Malone, NY 12953
Phone: (518) 481-1526
Fax: 518-481-1635

OFA’s mission is to promote independence and dignity for all people age 60 and over by providing information and assistance and a variety of related support services as needed. Services offered: Benefit assistance, Family Caregiver Support and Respite Services, Home Energy Assistance and Residential Repair, Legal Services plus Information, Referral and General Assistance.

Franklin County Youth Bureau
Shirley Mundy
355 West Main St.
Malone, NY 12953
Phone: (518) 481-1697
Fax: 518-481-1884
Franklin County Department of Social Services
355 W. Main St.
Malone, New York 12953
Phone: (518) 483-6770
There are currently no other local agencies for this county listed.  Please refer to other drop downs for further resources.