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Ulster County Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP)
232 Plaza Road
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 340-3990
Fax: (845) 340-3993

Ulster County RAPP provides a single point of entry for caregivers in Ulster County who are raising the child of a relative to identify resources to assist them. Childcare and transportation assistance are available for many programs. The program offers: Monthly resource events where caregivers can receive assistance with filling in paperwork, meet with representatives from DSS, Mediation Services, Jewish Family Services Family Counseling Program, and family practice lawyers and learn about programs. Programs for youth and families such as family trips, respite days for caregivers, youth enrichment programs, information about summer programs for youth and assistance with applications for scholarship aid, some financial support for summer/school break programs. Education programs for adult caregivers, including a six week program “Parenting a Second Time Around” which provides information about child development, discipline, legal issues, family issues, and advocacy for caregivers raising a relatives child. Referrals to other agencies for assistance based on caregiver needs.

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

Abbott House
HEART Permanency Resource Center
100 Commerce Dr. Ste. 101
New Windsor, NY 12553
Catharine Raffaele, LMSW
Program Coordinator
Phone: 845-457-5030, ext. 3525

HEART – Helping Each Adoptive and Guardianship Family Remain Together Permanency Resource Center offers support and resources at no cost to families raising adoptive or guardianship children residing in Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster or Westchester Counties. Our services include in-home counseling (child/caretaker), Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy,  advocacy, education assistance, recreation activities, support groups for parents and children, training for caretakers,  24 hour crisis telephone, and  referrals to community providers.

Funded by New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York
Adoptive and Guardianship Assistance Program for Everyone (AGAPE)
Program Contact: Tomasine Oliphant,
108 Main Street, Suite 5
New Paltz, NY 12561
Phone: (845) 679-9900; (888)354-1342

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

Court Appointed Special Advocates
209 Clinton Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401-5030
Ph: (845) 339-7543
Fax: (845) 338-0620

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV)
101 Hurley Avenue
Suite #3
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 331-9373

For more then 35 years, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (formerly Westchester/Putnam Legal Services) has provided free, high quality civil legal services to low-income people. Our services help struggling individuals resolve urgent, non-criminal legal problems that can lead to larger social problems such as homelessness, child neglect and domestic violence.

Dispute Resolution Center
Willow Park
657 Aaron Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 331-6136

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.

Ulster County Office for the Aging
1003 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 340-3456, 1-877-914-3456
Fax: (845) 340-3583

The Office for the Aging is a department that assists Ulster County seniors to be as independent as possible, for as long as possible in their own home with support. We work as advocates for seniors, offering information and referrals, as well as providing programs for a variety of services.

Ulster County Youth Bureau
239 Golden Hill Lane
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-334-5264
Ulster County DSS
1061 Development Court
Kingston, New York 12401-1959
Phone: (845) 334-5000
Phone: (845) 334-5000
Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Friday

Family Court
16 Lucas Avenue
Kingston NY 12401-3708
Phone: (845) 481-9430
Fax: (845) 483-8114

Mental Health Association
Golden Hill Office Building
239 Golden Hill Lane
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 340–4110
Fax: (845) 340–4094
Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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The Ulster County Department of Health and Mental Health offers a wide range of services and programs to County residents designed to prevent illness and ensure their physical, psychological and emotional well–being.

We are proud of our activities in regulating and monitoring community health, educating the public about health issues and concerns, and working with a broad spectrum of community partners to provide preventative health and mental health programs and services that directly benefit the people of Ulster County.

Children and Family Services
1091 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 334-5400

Child Protective Services: The CPS Unit is responsible for investigating reports of child abuse and/or maltreatment within 24 hours of receipt of a report to the State Central Registry. The toll free hotline number to the State Central Registry is 1-800-342-3720. When necessary, CPS seeks from the Family Court an Order of Protection, court-ordered services for the family, and/or authority to place a child in foster care. The Family Violence Investigative Unit investigates cases of domestic violence, physical abuse and sexual abuse reported to the State Central Registry. Teams of law enforcement officers and child protective caseworkers jointly respond and investigate these reports. The unit is under the joint supervision of a NYS Police Senior Investigator and a Child Protective Services supervisor.

This unit is a multi-disciplinary team operating from the Ulster County Family and Child Advocacy Center located at 21 O’Neil St. in Kingston, NY. The Ulster County Family & Child Advocacy Center provides a child friendly environment which employs trained, diverse and culturally competent team members. The Center provides forensic interviewing, victim support and advocacy, medical and therapeutic services to the child and non-offending adult victim in one location.

Assessment/Intake Unit: This unit is responsible for the assessment of referrals for children’s services that are made to the Department of Social Services but are not connected with the State Central Registry. Referrals come from a variety of sources including, but not limited to, schools, neighbors, agencies and self-referrals. Referrals are assessed in order to determine the need for mandated preventive services, community-based services or placement in foster care.

Preventive Services: This unit seeks to deliver an array of services to meet the multiplicity of problems that threaten the breakup of families and the placement of children in foster care. These services include casework counseling, parenting skills training, and referrals to community based programs.

Foster Care: Foster Care services for children are defined as assessing the need for, arranging for and providing for placement and related services to children in an appropriate foster care setting. Children are placed by either the request of a parent or guardian or as a result of a judicial determination that the child’s continuation in his own home would be contrary to the welfare of such child. Children are placed from birth up to age 18 and can remain in care up to age 21 if they entered prior to turning 18. The Foster Care Homefinding Unit is responsible for securing placements in foster homes for children who are in the custody of the department and recruiting and training new foster and adoptive parents.

There are currently no other local agencies listed for this county – for more information refer to other drop downs or contact the Kinship Navigator at 877-454-6463 for further assistance.