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Kinship Care Management
The Neighborhood Center Inc.
612 Elizabeth St
Utica, NY 13501
Terri, Program Director
Kristen Outreach Worker
Phone: (315) 272-2630
Fax: (315) 733-6802

The Kinship Care Management program offers advocacy, outreach and support to kinship caregivers residing in Oneida and Herkimer Counties (Madison County phone information, referral & support only) Kinship refers to relatives and other non-parent caregivers that are providing full time care for children. Children maybe living in kinship care due to a parent having issues with addiction, incarceration, child protective concerns, military deployment, mental health, abandonment, illness or death. The “Kin and Kids” program will offer support and outreach to children and caregivers by:

  • Conducting home visits to assess the needs and support of the family; provide valuable and up to date resource information to address the challenges and barriers of fostering and maintaining family connections on the child’s behalf.
  • Assist in accessing child only grants through the Department of Social Services as well as other government benefits such as Medicaid, and SSI
  • We will work with families to ensure the needs of children and caregivers. We will foster the empowerment process by making appropriate referrals to access medical, legal and educational services; obtain language translation or interpretation services; facilitate family group meetings for the purpose of family decision making; and host support group forums and nurturing classes to meet the diverse needs of both the caregivers and children

Caregiver Support Group

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

The Neighborhood Center Inc. Permanency Center
628 Mary St.
Utica, NY 13501
Phone: (315) 272-2600

Bringing a child into your heart and home is one of the most loving things you can do.  Families often need additional support at various times after an adoption or guardianship is legally finalized. Families may need services as a child develops and as normal development, adjustment, and adoption related issues arise. The SOHO PRC will provide assistance to families in SCHOHARIE, OTSEGO, HERKIMER AND ONEIDA COUNTIES so that children may be cared for in their own homes with their adoptive parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. (LSCNY – Utica)
255 Genesee St., 2nd Floor
Utica, NY 13501
Phone: (315) 793-7000
Fax: (315) 732-3202

Since 1966 LSCNY has represented low income, disabled and elderly residents of Central New York in civil legal cases. Our work helps our clients deal with some of life’s most basic needs — a safe home, enough food to eat, access to medical care, a decent education, protection against fraud, and personal safety.

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 Site
Dispute Resolution Center of Herkimer County 
61 West St.
Ilion, NY 13357
Phone: (315) 894-9917

Office for the Aging
109 Mary Street
Suite 1101
Herkimer, NY 13350
Phone: (315) 867-1121
Fax: (315) 867-1448

The Herkimer County Office for the Aging (OFA) plans, funds, and delivers services to people aged 60 and older in Herkimer County.

Herkimer County Youth Bureau
109 Mary St.
Herkimer, NY 13350-2917
Phone: (315) 867-1213
Fax: (315) 867-1497
Department of Social Services
301 North Washington St.
Suite 2110
Herkimer, NY 13350
Phone: (315) 867-1291

Mental Health
301 North Washington Street
Suite 2470
Herkimer, NY 13350
Phone: (315) 867-1465

Program Description: Mental Health Clinic for adults and children and youth with serious emotional disorders or mental illness.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany
40 North Main Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
Phone: (518) 453-6650
Fax: (518)453-6792

Services Provided: Adoption; Advocacy, Information, & Referrals; After School Programs; AIDS/HIV Services; Case Management/Service Coordination; Chemical Dependence Services; Counseling; Crisis Intervention; Day Care; Deaf Services; Disabilities (Brain Injury) Services; Disabilities (Developmental) Services; Domestic Violence Services; Emergency Assistance; Employment Assistance; Family Services; Food Assistance; Foster Parenting;    Hispanic Services; Housing; Immigration Services; Jail Ministry; Mediation; Mentoring Services; Parent Education; Parish Social Ministry; Pregnancy Services & Programs; Respite Support; Senior Services; Shelters; Social Justice; Summer Camp & Programs; Transportation Services; Volunteer Groups; Women, Infant, Children Programs(WIC); and, Youth Services.

Transitional Living Services of Northern New York
482 Black River Parkway
Watertown, NY  13601
Phone: (315) 782-1777
Fax: (315) 785-8628

Transitional Living Services of Northern New York is a a private not-for-profit agency to establish residential services for individuals in need of psychiatric, rehabilatative support who are unable to live independently in the community. Our agency now provide services to children, adolescents and adults.

Cooperative Extension Services of Herkimer County
(315) 866-7920

Herkimer Housing Authority
315 N. Prospect St.
Herkimer, NY 13350
Phone: (315) 866-2252
Fax: (315) 866-3942

Herkimer ARC
350 S. Washington St
P.O. Box 271
Herkimer, NY 13350
Phone: (315) 574-7000

American Red Cross
Phone: (315) 866-2890