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Liberty Resources – Kinship Caregiver Program
1850 County Route 57
Fulton, NY 13069
Supervisor: Priscilla Heilveil
Phone: (315) 598-4642 ext. 137 or 315-425-1 ext. 1214 (best for voice mail)
Case Manager: Betsy Neal
Phone: (315) 598-4642 ext. 132

Besides outreach to the community, the program offers an array of services tailored to meet the needs and build on the strengths of the individual family. For many families, information, referral and linkage to available resources that offer supports such as financial, educational or legal information and community programs will be sufficient.

Other families may take advantage of the program’s case management coordination and the availability of small financial grants for specific needs.  The excellent “Caring for Our Own” and “Parenting the Second Time Around” (PASTA)  training curricula are presented on an on-going basis as are other parenting courses, support groups and educational opportunities.

In families where there is a high risk of disruption because of serious emotional or behavioral challenges of the youth in care, an intense combination of trauma informed therapeutic case management, assessment & crisis intervention is provided by a master’s level clinical social worker.

An Office of Children and Family Services funded Kinship Program

Relatives Raising Relatives
Catholic Charities of Oswego County
365 West First St.
Fulton, NY 13069
Phone: (315) 598-3980 ext.233

Relatives Raising Relatives is a short term, voluntary program designed to strengthen and support the non-traditional family unit formed when relatives or alternative caretakers are raising children who are unable to reside with their birth family. RRR family advocates promote independence and self-sufficiency for children. RRR supports these families as an alternative to foster care.

  • focus on the development of child’s interests & abilities
  • provide Independent living skills, mentoring and groups for teens
  • try to connect caregivers and children with informal supports
  • provide advocacy with schools, doctors, attorneys and other service providers.

Referrals can be received by phone and come from DSS, doctors, MH agencies, schools, caregiver, etc.  Criteria for the program is for child to be living with a blood relative and receiving TANF assistance.

Children’s Home of Jefferson County
Program Contact: Karen Richmond,
P.O. Box 6550
1704 State Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: (315)788-7430

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

Legal Services of Central New York (LSCNY)
108 West Bridge St.
Oswego, NY 13126
Phone: (315) 532-6900
Fax: (315) 342-1891

LSCNY is a non-profit law firm founded in 1966 to provide free, civil legal assistance to low-income families and individuals in thirteen counties of Central New York. If you are not currently a client and have a legal problem call: -877-777-6152 Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm EST.  You must reside in or have a legal problem in New York State Counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, or Oswego.

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
120B West Second Street
Oswego, NY 13126
Phone: (315) 343-8370
Fax: (315) 343-8369

New Justice offers mediation, arbitration, and process facilitation as dispute resolution alternatives to litigation. Due to its contracts with the NYS Unified Court System, New Justice is empowered to intervene in an extensive array of situations and conflicts in the region’s Civil, Criminal, and Family courts. New Justice provides a state-certified mediation skills training program to its paid and volunteer staff under the auspices of the NYS Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program.  Services provided at Oswego location include: Custody/Visitation Mediation, Family Mediation, Community Mediation and Elder Mediation.

Oswego County Office for the Aging
County Office Complex
70 Bunner St., PO Box 3080
Oswego, NY 13126-3080
Phone: (315) 349-3484
Fax: (315) 349-8413

The Oswego County Office for the Aging (OFA) helps seniors through directly providing services such as case management, insurance counseling, the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), and outreach. Services contracted to other agencies and funded through OFA include: senior nutrition service, transportation, legal services, health promotion, personal care aides and housekeeper chore aides.

Oswego City-County Youth Bureau
70 Bunner St.
Oswego, NY 13126
Phone: (315) 349-3451
Fax: (315) 349-3231

The Youth Bureau coordinates, administers youth programs throughout Oswego County including AmeriCorps, Youth Court of Oswego County, Youth Advisory Council, Camp Hollis and Camp Zerbe

Oswego County Department of Social Services
100 Spring Street
P.O. Box 1320
Mexico, NY 13114
Phone: 315-963-5000
Fax: 315-963-5477

Services include: Adult, Children and Family Services; Child Protective Services; Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP); SNAP (formerly Food Stamps); Medicaid and Temporary Assistance.

Family Court
Public Safety Center
39 Churchill Rd.
Oswego, NY 13126
Phone: 315-207-7533
(Fax) 315-207-7533

The Family Court hears and determines most legal issues involving children and families. There is a Family Court within each county of the State which is authorized to hear matters relating to: custody and visitation; monetary support for children, spouses, and ex-spouses; adoption; paternity; abuse and neglect of children; violence among family members; children accused of committing crimes; and children in need of supervision.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County
Advocacy and Mentoring Program
365 West First Street
Fulton, NY 13069
Phone: (315) 598-3980
Fax: (315) 593-8440
Contact: Mike Savona, Supervisor

Advocacy & Mentoring Program – AMP- is a mentoring program available to youth and young adults who are at risk of social, emotional and behavioral issues to have the opportunity for a one on one mentoring relationship.  Parent/Caregiver involvement is encouraged so the program’s full potential is maximized for success and completion of established goals

Parents of Special Children, Inc.
Suite B
Fulton, NY 13069
Phone: (315) 598-7672
Fax: (315) 598-1774

Provides support and services to developmentally disabled persons and their families in Oswego County. Eligibility: Oswego County residents caring for an individual with a developmental disability in their homes