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Family Forever! Adoptive and Kinship Families
of the North Country Permanency Resource Centers

Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country/ Family Connections
194 US Oval
P.O. Box 2640
Plattsburgh, 12901
Phone: 800-540-2273 ,  (518) 561-4999 x103
Fax: 518-561-6956

The Family Forever! Adoptive and Kinship Families of the North Country Permanency Resource Centers will provide a variety of services to post adoptive, post legal guardianship, and KinGap families in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, and St. Lawrence Counties. This program has various services, including:

* Referral services: We can help you find what you need in the community
* Advocacy: We help accompany you to Court, DSS, School meetings, and more
* Respite care: Fun activities for children and child care while you enjoy some free time
* Support groups: A confidential and positive experience with others who understand what you are going through
* Educational workshops: information on topics relevant to you
* Home visits: We come to you and help you in the comfort of your own home
* Youth programs: An opportunity for youth to engage in constructive, fun activities with other you who have had similar experiences.
* Needs based assistance: Explore individual family needs and provide assistance on a case by case basis

Kinship Families are welcome to participate in Support Groups!

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

Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc (LASNNY)
100 Court Street
P.O. Box 989
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 563-4022; (800) 722-7380
Fax: (518) 563-4058

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 Law, Grandparent’s Rights, Education Law. No age eligibility, income eligibility varies from program to program.

Warren/Hamilton Counties Offices for the Aging
1340 State Route 9
Lake George, NY 12845
Phone: (518) 761-6347 (Warren)
Phone: (888) 553-4994 (Hamilton)

Current Programs:

Advocacy – The Office for the Aging advocates on behalf of older persons with legislative bodies and other agencies.

NY Connects – Provides free, unbiased information and assistance regarding long term care. Our goal is to help individuals remain in their homes as long as possible. NY Connects serves older individuals and individuals with disabilities of all ages. We can help you link to long term services and supports, such as home care, transportation and meals. We help families, caregivers, and professionals. Call us at 1-866-805-3931.
(View NY Connects Brochure)

Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP) – Provides non-medical, in-home services to elderly persons who have one or more disabling conditions which prevent them from performing the activities of daily living. Services provided include case management, and may include homemaker/personal care, housekeeper/chore, non-institutional respite for caregivers, and ancillary services. A sliding-scale fee may be charged, based on income. There is currently a wait list for this service in Warren County.


Nutrition Program – Home-Delivered Meals – Utilizing volunteer drivers, home-delivered meals are provided for any person 60 years or older who is home-bound and can’t prepare meals for themselves with a healthy, nutritious , balanced meal to their residence Monday- Friday. If married, their spouse may get meals even if they are not 60 years old. In some cases a care-giver may also be eligible to receive a meal. Again, a Voluntary contribution of $3.00 per meal is suggested and appreciated.

Nutrition Counseling and Education – A professionally licensed dietitian is available to promote better health by providing nutrition education programs at the meal sites. This individual will provide nutrition therapy- counseling clients on nutrition issues and healthy eating habits to improve their health, as well as evaluate and plan for adequate and balanced meals.

Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) – Provides financial assistance to help eligible New York seniors 65+ cope with the high cost of prescription drugs.

Information and Referral – Information is available on services and programs for the elderly with a wide variety of subjects. Where appropriate, referrals are made to other agencies.

Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) – Provides clients with counseling regarding Medicare Part A, B, C, Medicaid, Medicare Retiree Health Plans, and other insurance inquiries.

Legal Assistance – Assistance is provided to seniors age 60 and over who may have a legal problem which is non-fee generating. Examples would be landlord/tenant disputes, Social Security, SSI, Medicaid, and consumer fraud.

Residential Repairs – Provide referrals for minor repairs for frail elderly homeowners and renters. This program provides labor while the homeowner pays for needed materials.

Transportation – Transportation is available in certain towns on a scheduled basis by calling the local town’s reservation clerk at least twenty-four hours in advance. The frequency of service varies by municipality. There is also transportation to Dr.’s appointments provided by volunteers. Call the Office for the Aging for additional information on either option.

Services for the Blind – Under contract with the Glens Falls Association for the Blind, Inc., a wide range of services are provided to elderly persons who are blind or who have serious visual impairments.

Hamilton County Youth Board
143 White Birch Lane
Indian Lake, NY 12842
Phone: (518) 648-5355

The Hamilton County Youth Board is made up of various agencies and community groups who envision Hamilton County as a place where all youth have a voice and an opportunity to have a healthy lifestyle. Our mission is to create a forum for youth and caring adults to promote and provide opportunities for making positive choices.

Activites promoted and sponsored by the HC Youth Board:

  • After Prom Parties
  • County-wide dances
  • Fall Festivals/Pumpkin Carving Contests
  • Family Fun Day
  • Family Movie Nights
  • Guest Speakers
  • Outdoor Adventure Trips for families and youth
  • Youth Summits
  • Wellness Fairs
  • Winter Festivals
  • 5K Run/Walk


Our Trailblazers outdoor adventure program focuses on teambuilding and provides healthy alternatives for youth to drug use. The TRAILBLAZERS ADVENTURE GROUP (TAG) activities are challenging but they are also fun. Through them, you will grow strong, meet new people and travel to new places. The participants will work together to set goals and respect each others right to choose their own challenges.

Our mission is to have youth recognize their personal strengths while emphasizing Courage, Truth, Respect, Responsibility and Character. Trailblazers is about strengthening resiliency and increasing resistance to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. We want to help the youth in the area develop their social, physical and mental maturity and encourage them to make positive choices.

Hamilton County Department of Social Services
139 White Birch Lane
Indian Lake, NY 12842
Phone: (518) 648-6131
Fax: (518) 648-5257

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm

This agency encompasses Child Support ServicesMedical AssistanceTemporary AssistanceDomestic Violence Victim ServicesSupplemental Nutrition Assistance ProgramChildren’s ServicesAdult Services, and HEAP.

In case of emergency or crisis please call:

  • Domestic Violence: 800-721-8534
  • Child Protective Hotline: 800-342-3720

Hamilton County Family Court
Court Clerk’s Office

139 White Birch Lane
P.O. Box 780
Indian Lake, NY 12842
(All mail should be directed to this address)
Phone: (518) 648-5411

102 County View Drive
Lake Pleasant, NY 12108
Phone: (518) 548-3211

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Hamilton County
1722 State Route 8, P.O. Box 7
Room 20, Piseco Common School
Piseco, NY 12139
Phone: (518) 548-6191
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Sited in a popular vacation resort area, Hamilton County Cornell Cooperative Extension strives to make the great wilderness enjoyable to all and provide information to anybody who wants to know more about our natural environment. We promote self-sustainability in the community and provide the knowledge and resources needed to make the area a perfect retreat. We’re here to help, with information — and people — you can trust.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Ogdensburg
Hamilton/Herkimer Counties
Wadhams Hall
6866 State Highway 37
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
Phone: (315) 393-2255
Fax: (315) 393-2402

Services Offered: Adoption, CCSI – Coordinated Children’s Services Initiatives, CHILL Group, Community & Parish Services, Counseling, Financial Assistance, Foster Grandparent Program, Healthy Beginnings Program (Postpartum Depression), IMAGE Group, Information & Referral, Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, Parenting Class, Maternity Services, Offender Accountability Group, Parenting: For Our Children, Pregnancy & Parenting Teen Population, Project Isis, Project Rachel, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Seaway House, Services to Teens, Speakers Bureau