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Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition HelpLine
Phone: (888) 354-1342

The AFFCNY Team educates and supports foster, kinship and adoptive parents and the professionals who serve them through information-sharing, services, peer support and referral.

The team improves services available to children and families, increases citizen involvement in local service planning and delivery, educates leaders and stakeholders about the realities, challenges and rewards of foster, kinship and adoptive parenting, and advocates for greater support of foster, kinship and adoptive families by federal, state and local agencies.

Services Include:

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption – Need help figuring out where to begin?  What to know what the requirements are?  We can help get you oriented and on your way.

Family Allegation Support Team – Provides nonjudgmental support to foster, adoptive and kinship parents when allegations have been, or might be, brought against them.

Ombudsman – Sometimes, problems arise when working with an agency. Generally, it is best for the family to work out issues on their own, and the Coalition can support you in doing this.  If this does not work, the Coalition can act as an ombudsman or middleman, attempting to resolve the conflict or problem with you and the agency.

Family Court Education and Support – Foster parents and relatives often receive little or no training about family court and law relating to child neglect and abuse.  The Coalition can help educate parents about the family court process and, if necessary and if a volunteer is available, pair parents with another parent experienced with family court to attend hearings with you.

Events, Trainings and Support Meetings – The Coalition curates and maintains an event calendar that lists various trainings and other adoption/foster/ kinship related events across New York State.

A New York State Office of Children and Family Services 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 Services
Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc (LASNNY)
10 Lake Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: (518) 587-5188
Phone: (800) 870-8343
Fax: (518) 587-0959
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. Will give advice on kinship matters, custody, grandparent’s rights, and education law. 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.
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
Mediation Matters
480 Broadway, LL-32
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: (518) 584-6361

Saratoga County Office for the Aging
152 West High Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone: (518) 884-4100
Fax: (518) 884-4101

Services Include: Caregiver Support Program, Case Management, EISEP, Emergency Response Systems, Health Insurance Counseling, Health Care Screenings, Income Tax Preparation, Legal Services,
Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, Nutrition, Transportation, Volunteer Opportunities

Saratoga County Youth Bureau
152 West High Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone: (518) 884-4180
Fax: (518) 884-4185

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

Programs IncludeSafety, Economic, Leisure/Recreation, Education, Health, Community

Saratoga County Department of Social Services

152 West High Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone: (518) 884-4140

Adoption Services 884-4157

9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday

Adult & Family Services 884-4159

9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday; after-hours emergency services via Sheriff’s Dept. 885-6761

Child Support Collection 884-4142 or (888) 208-4485

9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday

Children Services Protective/Preventive 884-4151

24-hours a day, 7 days a week

Day Care 714-4004

9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday

Domestic Violence 884-4159

9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday

Employment 884-4144

9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday

Foster Care Services 884-4157

24-hours a day, 7 days a week

Home Care 884-4159

9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday

Home Energy Assistance Program (H.E.A.P.) 884-4146

9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday

Medicaid 884-4148

9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday

Temporary Assistance/Emergency Assistance 884-4144

9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday

Family Court
35 West High Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone: (518) 451-8888
Fax: (518) 435-5942
Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday

Department of Health
25 West High Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone: (518) 383-8608
Fax: (518) 383-4915

Mental Health Center
135 South Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: (518) 584-9030
Fax: (518) 581-1709

To provide treatment for individuals suffering from serious mental illness and alcohol/drug abuse;
To protect both the public and individuals from the manifestations and consequences of mental illness and from the impairments related to alcohol/drug abuse;
To be responsible stewards of limited public resources.

Northeast Parent and Child Society, Inc.

Administrative Office
530 Franklin Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone: (518) 346-1284
Fax: (518) 377-8714

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

Intensive Aftercare Prevention Program
100 Saratoga Village BoulevardSuite #26
Malta, NY  12020
Ph: (518) 292-5420
Fax: (518) 899-4930

Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren, and Washington
142 Regent Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: (518) 587-5000
Fax: (518) 587-3127

Services ProvidedFamily Counseling Program, Donovan House, Mary’s Haven, Mentoring rogram

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

Programs IncludeCare Coordination Services, Disabilities Services, Senior and Caregiver Support Services, Community Maternity Services, Catholic Charities Housing Office, United Tenants, Disaster Response and Recovery Office, Immigration Legal Services, Jail Ministry, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Relief Services

Capital District Child Care Council
91 Broadway
Menands, NY 12204
Phone: (518) 426-7181
Phone: (800) 521-KIDS 5437)

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.