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KFACT: Kinship Families and Children Together
Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth
975 Hertel Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14216
Phone: (716) 346-6849
Amber Lane, Family Specialist

The Kinship Caregivers Program is a trauma-informed and trauma-responsive program designed to ensure safe, healthy, permanent homes for children within the family system. The Berkshire KFACT Program utilizes a comprehensive approach that aligns with the agency’s current foster care and prevention programming, providing case management services, training, and support groups to Kinship Families. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the family’s ability to function effectively and independently. KFACT will provide preventive services to bolster kinship family functioning, prevent placement, or achieve quicker, successful permanency for those in formal care.

An Office of Children and Family Services funded kinship program

KinCARES Family Support Program
10 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201
Phone: (716) 270-3104 – Heather Radzikowski
Phone: (716) 783-3378 – Michael Trillizio

Goal of KinCARES – With this collaborative effort, the Kinship Case Manager provides youth and their families with the tools & support necessary to continue their goal of enhancing permanency and well-being.  This is achieved through a collaborative effort by the youth & family, the Kinship Case Manager, and the community agencies/resources.  The Kinship case manager assists the kinship caregiver and youth by providing in home support and advocacy, education and resources.

Areas of Focus:

Mental Health – Linking the child/ caregiver with individual/family counseling, mental health evaluations.

Legal – What to expect through the court process, advocacy, linkage with legal assistance.

Family Functioning & Home Environment – parenting support, housing assistance, parenting skills, linkage to parenting classes, community respite care, linkage to any needed services.

School/Education – IEP/504 development, school advocacy.

Life Skills & Developmental Issues – Developing or enhancing social skills through education and linkages.

An Office of Children and Family Services funded kinship program

Gustavus Adolphus Child and Family Services, Inc.
200 Gustavus Ave
Jamestown, NY 14701

The G.A. Family Services Regional Permanency Center assists families in five WNY Counties that have opened their hearts and homes to expand their family through adoption or legal guardianship. Many of these children have experienced trauma at various points in their lives. It is the mission of our program to ensure that these families not only remain together, but also thrive in the community with our support to maintain healthy relationships.

Core Services Provided:

  • Linkage and Referral
    • Casework and Post Adoptive Planning
    • Post Adoption and Guardianship
    • Clinical and Psychiatric Services
    • Parent Training and Education
    • Family Support Group
    • Advocacy
    • Community Outreach
    • Transition Planning
    • 24/7 staff support

This vital Program is made possible by an award from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. If you, or someone you know has adopted or is in the process of adopting, and looking for additional support, please contact our office at:

716-708-6161 in Jamestown.

716-668-0490 in West Seneca.

716-222-4042 in Holland

Kinship Preventive Services
1325 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14209
Phone: (716) 854-3622
Emily  Mehltretter

The Catholic Charities Kinship Preventive  Services Program is a specialized unit serving families involved with the Child Welfare system with kinship placements, that is, children being cared for by a relative in Erie County.  We are committed to a strengths-based family systems perspective by serving families in the communities in which they live. Our staff will conduct home visits with the parents, caretakers and children. Our staff has received specialized training to work with families where children have been removed out of the natural home and placed in kinship care.

Who We Serve
Staff works with the biological parents, as well as the kinship caregivers and children, with a focus on child permanency.  There are times when the staff will meet separately with family members as well as times when everyone meets together.

Services Provided
Support for caregivers and for natural parents – Workers will assist families in attaining child permanency.  Support can range from advocacy to assisting families in filing petitions in family court and for filing for benefits.

Family counseling – If deemed needed, referrals will be made for individual and family counseling.  Service delivery will be based on the assessment and family need.  Catholic Charities offers both community counseling as well as clinical counseling with psychiatric services.  Other services available include Therapeutic Supervised Visitation, Monitored Exchange, Domestic Violence treatment for offenders and support groups for survivors, Incredible Years and Our Kids parent training programs, and more.

Networking and other resources – Referrals will be made to link families with community resources as needed.

Program Eligibility
All families must be referred through the Erie County Department of Social Services.

Family Services of Erie County
Eugene Meeks, Executive Director
330 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY  14202
Phone: (716) 842-2750
Fax: (716) 842-0668

Services Provided: counseling services; service coordination programs; restorative justice programs; dispute mediation/arbitration programs; children’s services, support group, residential treatment for children, Relatives as Caregivers Coffee and Chat Hour.

Relatives as Parents/Providers, Grandparent Support Group
Mental Health Association
36 Pine St.
Lockport, NY 14094
Cheryl Blacklock, Director of Education
Phone: (716) 433-3780

The association provides a variety of services including legal advocacy, support groups, educational services, and information and referral.

Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of W.N.Y  (LSED)
237 Main Street,  Tenth Floor
Buffalo, NY  14203
Phone: (716) 853-3087

Legal Services for the Elderly provides free legal assistance for Erie County relative caregivers over the age of 55.  We provide legal representation in Article 6 and Article 10 custody matters with the purpose of keeping children out of non-relative foster care. We consider relative caregivers to include grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and those related through marriage. Also does education law and Grandparent’s Rights. No income eligibility.

Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS)
237 Main St, 4th floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 847-0650
Fax: (716) 847-0227

Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. (NLS) is a not-for-profit agency located in Buffalo, New York. NLS provides free legal services to persons with low-income and persons with disabilities. It also provides a wide range of technical assistance and support services. While the majority of its services are provided within Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming Counties, New York, NLS also provides disability-related services for all of Western New York and operates both a Statewide and National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project to assist persons with disabilities and the advocates and agencies that serve them.
Provides legal information and referral to kinship caregivers.  Will also assist with custody, kinship issues, and grandparent’s rights. Income eligibility – 200% below poverty line. Age eligibility – under 55. Those over 55 will be referred to LSED (above).

Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc.
237 Main St, Suite 1130
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 853-9555
Fax: (716) 270-4005

Will assist grandparents with custody issues ONLY if the case is contested in Supreme Court. No age eligibility. Income eligibility is 200% below poverty line.

Western New York Law Center (WNYLC)
237 Main St, Suite 1130
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 855-0203
Fax: (716) 270-4005

Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc.
237 Main St, Suite 1000
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 847-0662

Kinship law, grandparent’s rights, education law. No age eligibility. Income eligibility is 200% below poverty level

Alternative Dispute Resolution Site
Child and Family Services
Tri-Main Center
2495 Main Street, Suite 357
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 362-2323

Erie County Dept. of Senior Services
95 Franklin Street, 13th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14202-3985
Phone: (716) 858-8526

Services Offered: Information/referral, legal advice on guardianship and adoption.

Town of Amherst Youth Engaged in Service Program
1615 Amherst Manor Dr.
Amherst, NY 14221
Phone: (716) 631-7210

The Youth Engaged in Service Volunteer Program provides the opportunity for young people ages 12-20 to contribute and participate in the community. Members will provide service by direct interaction with children, senior citizens, low-income families, persons who are mentally and/or physically challenged, and charitable organizations.

Erie County Department of Social Services Youth Bureau
810 East Ferrry St.
Buffalo, NY 14211
Phone: (716) 923-4000
Fax: (716) 893-7929

Child and Family Services of Erie County
330 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 842-2750
Child and Family Support Program
The Mental Health Assoc. of Erie County
999 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14209
Phone: (716) 886-1242

Buffalo Urban League, Inc.
15 Genesee St
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 250-2400

Services Provided: Community Alliance for Minority and Multi-Needs adoption Program (Adoption) (CAMMAP); Recruitment Services Homestudies/Evaluation; Placement Services; Post Adoption Services; Preventive Services; Foster Care Intervention Services; Family Counseling; and Parent Education