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Catholic Charities Support Services: Kinship Care
Community Maternity Services: Kinship Care Program
27 North Main Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
Phone: (518) 482-8836, ext. 260 

Provides an empowerment-based model for relative caregivers in Albany, Schenectady, and Rensselaer Counties. Services include basic needs assessment, community-based support groups, casework counseling, and referral and linkage to community-based services. Parenting, educational and skill-building opportunities are offered periodically. This agency offers support, knowledge and empowerment designed to supplement caregivers’ circle of friends and family, so they can be successful in the parenting role.

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

Parsons Child and Family Center
Program Contact: Kate Schofield,
60 Academy Road
Albany, NY 12208
Phone: (518)426-2600

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 Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc (LASNNY)
55 Colvin Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
Phone: (518) 462-6765
Phone: (800) 462-2922
Fax: (518) 427-8352

Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York to provide funding for the Children’s Law Project whereby more than fifty low-income children with disabilities will receive free direct legal services and 100 parents, children or human services agencies staff will receive legal education on the rights of children with disabilities. Kinship laws, custody, Grandparent’s Rights, education law. No age eligibility, income eligibility varies from program to program.

Empire Justice Center (EJC)
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 462-6831
Phone: (800) 635-0355
Fax: (518) 462-6687

Services Provided: Child Care, Child Support, Civil Legal Services, Civil Rights, Consumer & Community, Development, Disability Benefits, Domestic Violence, Education, Health, Housing, Immigrant Rights, and Public Benefits.

Office of the Aging

Rensselaer County Unified Family Services
Department for the Aging
1600 Seventh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
Phone: (518) 270-2730
Fax: (518) 270-2737

The Department is funded by the Federal Older American’s Act, the New York State Community Services for the Elderly and Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program, and the County of Rensselaer. The Older American’s Act divides the areas of service delivery as follows:

  1. Services (A-6772) – including access, legal and home care;
  2. Nutrition (A-6773) – including congregate and home delivered meals;
  3. Community Services for the Elderly and Caregiver Support (A-6775) – assistance to allow seniors to remain at home and support services for caregivers; and
  4. Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program (A-6777) – provides Homemaking/Personal Care, Housekeeping/Chore and Lifeline services.

The Department works in partnership with R.O.U.S.E. Inc. (Rensselaer Organization United for Senior Endeavors) and ROUSE, RPC (Rural Preservation Corp.) to target its resources to meet the needs of the elderly; working closely as advocates for the elderly and as their liaison with local governments.

Rensselaer County Youth Bureau
1600 7th Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
Phone: (518) 270-2950
Fax: (518) 270-2956
Rensselaer County Social Services
127 Bloomingrove Drive
Troy, NY 12180
Phone: (518) 283-6000
Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Temporary Assistance – (518) 266-7800

SNAP- (518) 266-7800

Medicaid- (518) 266-7970

Managed Care – (518)266-7982

Child Support- 1-888-208-4485

HEAP- (518) 266-7960

Adoption- (518) 833-6170

Mandated Preventive- (518) 833-6170

Foster Care – (518) 833-6000

Child Protective- 1-800-342-3720

Day Care- (518) 833-6190

Rensselaer County Public Health Department
2nd Floor, Ned Pattison
Government Center
Troy, NY 12180
Phone: (518) 270-2655

Services Provided: Flu Shots, Primary Lead Prevention Program, Public Health Preparedness Program, Nursing Services, Children with Special Needs, Environmental Services, Medical Examiner, Community Health Assessment, Physical Activity and Nutrition, Public Health Education Program, Public Health Home

Rensselaer County Family Court
1504 Fifth Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
Phone: (518) 453-5515
Fax: (518) 285-8504

Northeast Parent and Child Society, Inc.
Administrative Office
530 Franklin Street
Schenectady, NY  12305
Phone: (518) 346-1284

Services Provided: Behavioral Health, Case Management, Education, Family Foster Care, Prevention and Family Preservation, and Residential Care.

1580 Columbia Turnpike, Suite 14
Castleton, NY  12033
Ph: (518) 477-9085
Fax: (518) 477-9884

Bridges to Health, Intensive Aftercare Program, Therapeutic Foster Family Program, and Juvenile Fire Safety Services.

Capital District Child Care Council
91 Broadway
Menands, NY  12204
Phone: (518) 426-7181

Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

The Capital District Child Care Council is dedicated to providing resources to the community in order to improve the availability and quality of child care and to assist families in finding child care. As the local child care resource and referral agency (CCR&R) for New York’s Capital Region since 1989, the Council provides these resources to Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady, Fulton, Montgomery, and Rensselaer counties. The Capital District Child Care Council is dedicated to promoting quality early care and education in the region and to helping others recognize that an investment in the education of our youngest children is an investment in our future.

For Individuals with Special Needs:  Individuals with special needs who may wish to report accessibility problems or request information in an alternate accessible format are encouraged to call the office at 518 426-7181 or email Arrangements can be made for TTY calls, translation services, and other special needs.