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

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)                                                             

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

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
493 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Phone: (212) 766-4522 x114 or 800-219-4522

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.

Program Brochure

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
Ph: (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.


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
Ph: (212) 632-4760
Co-Chair, Jacqueline Adorno

MFY Legal Services Kinship Caregiver Law Project
299 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Ph: (212) 417-3743

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

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

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

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

Jewish Association of Services for the Aged
Co-Op City Grandparent Connection
Phone: (718) 671-2090, ext. 2139
Services Offered: Information and referral, support groups, case management, respite activities, recreational activities

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

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

Staten Island SNAP Office
201 Bay Street, 2nd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: (718) 722-8013

Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 6:00pm; Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm

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.

Staten Island ACS Borough Office
350 St. Marks Place, 5th Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: (718) 720-2765

Coalition for Hispanic Family Services
315 Wyckoff Avenue, 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Phone: (718) 497-6090
Fax: (718) 497-9495

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

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

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
Ph: (212) 337-7200
Fax: (212) 337-7299

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

Serves all five boroughs