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Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Inc.
Diana Masri, LMSW, Amanda Williams, MSW, or Deborah Langosch, PhD, LCSW
2020 Coney Island Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11223
Phone: (718) 676-4241 (Diana), 718-676-4251 (Amanda), or 212 632-4760 (Deborah)

The Kinship Care Program (KCP) is designed to respond to the needs of Brooklyn kin caregiving families. Kinship caregivers often assume this role due to parental abuse, neglect, death, incarceration, substance abuse, suicide, illness and/or poverty. The KCP provides emotional support, case management and advocacy, legal referrals and parent education for relative caregivers. Services include a weekly support group for kin caregivers, school support groups for children and teens living with relatives, individual counseling, referral and information, assistance with financial, medical and educational entitlements and benefits, and legal liaison. All caregivers of any age are eligible to participate in the KCP and there are no fees or insurance payments required. The staff is fluent in English and Spanish and there is no waiting list. Caregivers can also participate in educational forums and recreational events through our affiliation with the Brooklyn Grandparents’ Coalition. Serves Kings County (Brooklyn).

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

New Alternatives for Children (NAC)
37 West 26th Street
New York, NY  10010
Fax: (212) 696-1602
www.NacKidsCan.org

NAC Kinship Care Program Contact:                                                  NAC Permanency Resource Center Contact:

Robert Douglas MA, LMHC                                                                    Samantha Callaghan, LMSW
Clinical Supervisor of PIP & PLAN                                                      Director of Family Permanency Center
Phone: 646-352-9175                                                                                Phone: 212-696-1550 (ext 417)
Rdouglas@nackidscan.org                                                                       scallaghan@nackidscan.org

The Kinship Care Program at New Alternatives for Children (NAC) will provide a variety of services to kinship and “fictive” kin caregivers in the community.  The services provided by the Kinship Care Program includes parent education trainings, support groups and case management services.  Case management services consist of education advocacy including navigating the special education system, referrals to community resources, such as mental health services, recreation for children, housing and legal services, as well as advocacy and support with government entitlements.  NAC’s Kinship Care Program is open to all kin and fictive kin families and also specializes in serving families who have children with complex medical and behavioral health needs.

Serves all five boroughs.

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

New York Council on Adoptable Children
589 Eighth Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 475-0222
Contact: Delia Cabon
www.coac.org

The New York City Family Permanency Center serves adoptive families, families in the process of adopting children from the New York /city foster care system, and kinship care-giving families. All services are available in English and in Spanish to eligible families living in the five boroughs of New York City, and include:

* crisis intervention and information through COAC’s telephone Warm Line
* individual and family counseling in your home, in your community and at the COAC office
* referrals for mental health services
* linkage and coordination with other needed services in the community
* coordination with COAC’s legal services for families affected by HIV/AIDS
* support groups and educational workshops for parents and caregivers and for youth
* recreational and cultural group activities for families and youth
* referrals for youth to mentoring, tutoring and employment programs. Services are available Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, and as needed beyond regular business hours in response to crisis situations and for some group activities.

The New York City Family Permanency Center serves as a clearinghouse for information on services for adoptive families and kinship caregivers, helps families identify the services that will benefit them, makes the necessary referrals and ensures follow up. To increase the number of New York City’s clinicians with knowledge and understanding of foster care, adoption and kinship care-giving issues, the Center is also available to provide consultation to mental health professionals in the community.

Kinship care-giving and adoptive families benefit from support services from professionals who recognize the uniqueness of their circumstances. To help families address their needs and prevent family dissolution, the New York City Family Permanency Center provides information on available services in their communities, helps families identify the services that will benefit them the most, makes the necessary referrals and ensures follow-up.

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

The Family Center: Family Ties
Marya Gilborn
493 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Phone: (212) 766-4522 x114
or 800-219-4522
Mgilborn@thefamilycenter.org

Provides home and community based services throughout NYC. Provides civil legal services to cancer and HIV-affected individuals and families and to non-parent caregivers to children. The Family Center’s goal is to make families stronger, longer.
Offers a unique program of social and legal services, including guidance on health-care and wellness programs, to New Yorkers struggling with a family crisis or loss. Trademarks are at-home visits and coordinated support strategies.

Serves all five boroughs.

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

The New York City Department for the Aging
Grandparent Resource Center
2 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 442-1094

Provides information and referral, advocacy, training in PASTA (parenting the second time around), case assistance, recreational activities, benefit advisement, and free publications to kinship caregivers throughout New York City through the Grandparent Resource Center.

Brooklyn Grandparents’ Coalition
Deborah Langosch PhD, LCSW
135 West 50th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10020
Phone: (212) 632-4760
Fax: (212) 307-7896
http://www.brooklyngrandparentscoalition.org/index.htm

The Brooklyn Grandparents’ Coalition originated in 1994 in order to address gaps in services for relative caregiving families. Additionally, the Coalition strives to increase social interaction and networking among relative caregivers and enhance their knowledge about legal, health care, education, financial, psychological issues. Currently the Coalition is comprised of 15 agencies that provide services and support groups to kinship care providers in Brooklyn, New York. Through our collaborative partnership of public and private agencies, the Coalition holds psycho-educational forums for relative caregivers twice a year on relevant topics such as building healthy minds, gang prevention, nutrition, community violence, safety with technology, self-care and stress reduction.

The New York City Kincare Task Force
Co- Chair Deborah Langosch, PhD, LCSW
Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services
135 West 50th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10020
Phone: (212) 632-4760
dlangosch@jbfcs.org
Co-Chair, Jacqueline Adorno
MFY Legal Services
Kinship Caregiver Law Project
299 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 417-3743
jadorno@mfy.org
The NYC Kincare Task Force was established in 1992 in recognition that the services needed by caregivers raising relative children require collaboration among many systems far beyond the traditional aging network or the child welfare systems. The Task Force, a joint effort of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, a mental health and social service agency, and MFY Legal Services, has addressed the need for cross-systems exchange. The Task Force provides a channel through which established and newly developing kincare programs benefit from each other’s experiences. The Task Force’s 45 member agencies/organizations represent a cross section of providers, researchers and consumers from the aging, child guidance, mental health, child welfare and legal networks. The Kincare Task Force creates an opportunity for a collaborative partnership to promote a cross-fertilization of information and ideas, program development, public policy analysis and coalition building. Gaps in service have been identified and brought to the attention of the appropriate agencies. The Task Force recently released its directory of NYC kin caregiving programs.

Its objectives are:

  • To coordinate a knowledge exchange between the various systems
  • To educate and facilitate cross systems communication
  • To identify gaps in service and policy related to kincare families
  • To disseminate findings and models of service
  • To create an intergenerational network

Fort Green S.N.A.P.
324 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Phone: (718) 694-6957
www.fortgreenesnap.org

SNAP collaborates with 3 neighborhood public elementary schools in conducting Grandparent Caregiver support groups during the school year. Caregivers meet with volunteer facilitators to discuss the challenges of parenting the second time around, and to get help and advocacy in dealing with schools and government resources.

Mobilization for Justice
100 William Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 417-3700
Intake Line: (212) 417-3850 (Wed/Fri 10-5)
Fax: (212) 417-3891
www.mobilizationforjustice.org

The Kinship caregiver Law Projects provides assistance to any relative caregiver (foster or non-foster) with issues related to stabilizing and/or reuniting the extended family (e.g., custody/guardianship, obtaining child support from an adoptive parent in “broken adoptions,” advocacy for home studies for a potential kinship resource, helping undocumented children in kinship care obtain Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

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Caregivers may contact the intake line Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m, at 212-417-3850 to speak with a staff attorney.

Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT)
350 Broadway, Suite 400
New York, NY 10013
Phone: (646) 613-9633
Hotline: (212) 343-1122
Fax: (646) 613-9632
Web: www.LIFTonline.org

LIFT’s mission is to enhance access to justice for children and families by providing legal information, community education, and compassionate guidance, while promoting system-wide reform of the courts and public agencies. To accomplish this mission, LIFT operates:

  • An Education & Information Site in Brooklyn Criminal Court;
  • Education & Information Sites in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens Family Courts;
  • A Legal Education Program- offering a wide-range of community education workshops throughout New York City’s neighborhoods;
  • A Legal Information Hotline; and
  • The Judge for a Day Program.

LIFT also creates and distributes resource guides which provide information about a wide-range of matters addressed in Family and Criminal Court. The guides are available in Chinese, English, Haitian/Creole, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

Program Flyer (English)
Program Flyer (Spanish)
LIFT Support group

The New York City Department for the Aging
2 Lafayette Street, 7th Floor
New York, New York 10007
Within the five boroughs of NYC – 311
Outside of the boroughs of NYC – (212) 639-9675
TTY – (212) 504-4115

Presbyterian Senior Services
Rimas J. Jasin, Executive Director
2095 Broadway, Suite 409
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 874-6633 ext. 23
Fax: (212) 828-5899
www.pssusa.org
rjasin@pssusa.org

Jewish Association of Services for the Aged

Co-Op City Grandparent Connection
Phone: (718) 671-2090, ext. 2139
Contact: Rebecca

Services Offered: Information and referral, support groups, case management, respite activities, recreational activities

Child Protective Borough Offices

ACS has borough offices in each of the five main boroughs of New York City. The main activity of ACS field offices is child protective investigation and casework. If your child has been placed in foster care, you should call your local field office to contact your caseworker. ACS field offices also provide information about preventative services programs for families and help to parents who want to voluntarily place their children in foster care.

Brooklyn ACS Borough Office
1274 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY  11216
Phone: (718) 623-4500

Foster Care/Adoption Placement Agency
870 East 29th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11210
718-758-7800
718-258-2800 (fax)
http://www.jccany.org

Our services help place children with caring families and we help the families that have had their children removed from their homes as well as the families who serve as foster parents.

Brooklyn SNAP Centers

Coney Island
2857-2865 West 8th Street, 1st Floor
Brooklyn, NY  11224
Phone: (929) 221-3611 or (929) 221-3537
Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm

East New York
404 Pine Street, 1st Floor
Brooklyn, NY  11208
Phone: (718) 827-3961 or (718) 827-3444
Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm

Fort Greene*
275 Bergen Street, 1st Floor
Brooklyn, NY  11217
Phone: (718) 473-8510 or (718) 694-8196
Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 6:00pm; Saturday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

North Brooklyn
500 Dekalb Avenue, 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY  11205
Phone: (718) 398-5057 or (718) 636-7046
Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm

Williamsburg
30 Thornton Street, 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY  11206
Phone: (718) 963-5115 or (718) 963-5140
Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm

*Certified Application Counselors are available for consumers needing assistance in applying through the Marketplace.

Catholic Guardian Society and Home Bureau
Craig Longley, Executive Director
1011 First Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY  10022
Phone: (212) 371-1000
Fax: (212) 758-5892
www.catholicguardian.org
Services Provided: Developmental Disability Services – Residential Services, Respite Care; Family Permanency Services – Foster Family Care, Foster Parent Recruitment, Foster Parent Training and Support, Residential Treatment Services, Preparing Youth for Adulthood, Bridges to Health; Family Support Services – Family Stabilization Services, Healthy Families New York, Homeless Shelter Services; Rosalie Hall Maternity Services – Parenting Services, Birth Parent Support Services, Adoptive Parent Services, Waiting Families, Familias en espera.

Serves Brooklyn and the Bronx

Good Shepherd Services
Sr. Paulette LoMonaco, Executive Director
305 7th Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY  10001
Phone: (212) 243-7070
www.goodshepherds.org

Services Provided: Community Centers, Residential Services, Youth Justice Programs, Domestic Violence Programs, Family Support, Foster Care and Adoption, After-School and Summer Camps, In-School Supports, Young Adult Borough Centers, Education, Community Services, Community Schools, College and Career Centers

Serves Brooklyn and the Bronx

Little Flower Children’s Services of NY
Reverend Patrick J. West, Chairman
186 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY  11201
Phone: (718) 875-3500

89-12 162nd Street
Jamaica, NY  11432
Phone: 718-526-9150

2450 North Wading River Road
Wading River, NY  11792        (Suffolk County)
Phone: 631-929-6200
www.littleflowerny.org

Services Provided: Bridges to Health (B2H), ElderCare Solutions, Foster Care, Multisystemic Therapy Program, Residential Treatment Center, Adults with Developmental Disabilities

New York Foundling Hospital
William Baccaglini, President and CEO
590 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY  10011
Phone: (212) 633-9300
www.nyfoundling.org

Services Provided: Day Care and Head Start Services, Housing and Immigration Services, Preventive Services, Specialized Preventive Services, Medical and Mental Health Services, Foster Boarding Home Care, Specialized Foster Boarding Home Care, Congregate Care (Foster Care Residential Facilities), Specialized Congregate Care, Adoption Services, OMRDD Programs for Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Record Information

Serves all five boroughs

Coalition for Hispanic Family Services
315 Wyckoff Avenue, 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Ph: (718) 497-6090
Fax: (718) 497-9495
www.hispanicfamilyservicesny.org
Services Provided: Arts and Literacy After School and Summer Program, Beacon Center for Arts and Leadership, Cornerstone Community Centers, Creando Raices Familiares/Creating Family Roots Foster Care and Adoption Program, Child Abuse Prevention and Family Treatment and Rehabilitation Services, First Steps/Primeros Pasos, Londing Links/Enlazos Familiares Mental Health Services for Children and Families

Serves all five boroughs

Church Avenue Merchant’s Block Association, Inc.
Joanne M. Oplustil, President and CEO
1720 Church Avenue, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY  11226
Phone: (718) 287-2600
www.camba.org

Services Provided: Economic Development, Education and Youth Development, Family Support, Health, Housing, Legal Services

Chinese-American Planning Council
Asian Child Care Resource and Referral Program (ACCR)

Program Contact: Sumon Chin
165 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002
Phone: (212) 941-0030-Manhattan; (718) 358-8899-Queens; (718) 492-0409-Brooklyn
www.cpc-nyc.org

Asian Child Care Resource & Referral (ACCR) is a program offered by CPC that provides free and low-cost culturally sensitive child care resource and referral services to children and families. CPC ACCR is committed to improving the quality of child care services as well as providing a wide range of free technical assistance in addition to free or low-cost training and professional development opportunities for child care programs, providers and potential providers. CPC ACCR can provide child care related information and referrals for the location of Child Care programs, Infant/Toddler programs, Family Day Care, Group Family Day Care, After-School Programs, Summer Camps, Head Start Programs and Pre-Kindergarten. Trainings and resource for licensed and potential Child Care providers include health & Safety training to become a license family care provider, grants for qualified child care providers, medication administration training, health care plan development, technical assistance, orientation on “Becoming a Child Care Provider” and health care consultancy services.

Infant Toddler Program

The Infant Toddler Specialist works with providers and daycare centers to enhance the quality of infant and toddler care through technical assistance and one-on-one consultation of programs servicing children from birth to 3 years old.

ACCR is a member of the New York City Child Care Resource & Referral Consortium (CCR&R), which is comprised of five child care resource and referral agencies in New York City.

Builders for Family and Youth, Diocese of Brooklyn, Inc.
10138 92nd Street
Ozone Park, NY  11416
Phone: (718) 848-1940

Services Provided: Builders For Family & Youth Of The Diocese Of Brooklyn Inc. is a psychologist office located in Ozone Park, NY. A psychologist focuses on the evaluation, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, emotional and behavioral health issues. A clinical psychologist uses psychotherapy and other counseling skills to improve emotional and mental health.

The Bridge Fund of NYC

 The mission of the Bridge Fund is to prevent homelessness for vulnerable, working poor individuals and families who are threatened with the loss of their housing, but often do not qualify for emergency government assistance.

All residents of New York City boroughs must be referred by another agency to The Bridge Fund. If you are a New York City resident and are facing eviction, call Housing Court Answers: (212) 962-4795.

Westchester residents, call (914) 949-8146.

Jewish Board of Children and Family Services, Inc.
David Rivel, CEO
135 West 50th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY  10020
Phone: (212) 582-9100
www.jbfcs.org

Services Provided: Adults Living with Mental Illness, Volunteer Services, Jewish Community Services, Children and Adolescent Services, Community Counseling Services, Domestic Violence and Preventative Services, Early Childhood and Learning, People Living with Developmental Disabilities, Professional and Leadership Development

Serves all five boroughs

The Salvation Army Greater New York Division
120 West 14th Street
New York, NY  10011
Phone: (212) 337-7200
Fax: (212) 337-7299
www.salvationarmy-newyork.org

Services Provided: Emergency Services – EDS, Social Services, Youth, Adult

Serves all five boroughs

INCLUDEnyc (Formerly Resources for Children with Special Needs)
116 East 16th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 677-4650
Fax: (212) 254-4070
mdapisa@INCLUDEnyc.org
 www.includenyc.org 

Parent Center programs are the central services provided by INCLUDEnyc for parents of children and young adult with disabilities. These core programs include:

Special Education Parent Centers for the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx. These programs are funded by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to promote positive futures for children with disabilities, ages 3 to 21 years, through informed, engaged and effective parents.

Our services help parents of children, youth and young adults with disabilities:

become meaningfully involved with their children’s education and access information about the special education process, including referrals, evaluations, individualized education program (IEP) development and transition planning; better understand their children’s disabilities; encourage early resolution of disputes with school districts using resolutions sessions and special education mediation, and enhance their skills and confidence to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with schools and other stakeholders to advocate and actively participate in their children’s education.

Federal Parent Centers provide training and assistance to families with children ages birth to 26 years who have any disability (physical, cognitive, behavioral or emotional). Under the Federal Parent Center program, INCLUDEnyc provides one-to-one support and assistance, workshops, publications and digital resources to help parents access the services and supports they need to guide their children toward their full potential. This center is funded through the U.S. Department of Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and is one of 6 such funded programs in New York State.

The New York State Transition Partners is a collaboration of Starbridge, the Parent Network of Western New York, and INCLUDEnyc (formerly Resources for Children with Special Needs). Together, we won a 5-year federal grant from the Federal Rehabilitation Service Administration (RSA) to provide New York state-specific information and strategies to help young adults with disabilities and their families to access and navigate vocational rehabilitation and other public systems that can help with financial stability, meaningful employment, and post-secondary education.

To schedule workshops and presentations at parent groups, schools or community organizations please email us (mdapisa@INCLUDEnyc.org) or call (212) 677-4650.

In addition to scheduling a free presentation or workshop at your site you can also attend our already-scheduled workshops.

Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.