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Family and Children’s Services of Ithaca
127 W. State St
Ithaca, NY 14850
Tel (607) 273-7494
Fax (607) 273-7484

KINECT (Kinship Education, Counseling, and Training) at Family and Children’s Service of Ithaca provides counseling, case management, and advocacy for kinship caregivers and their families.  Services are provided to families in any legal arrangement, and can be provided in home and office settings.  Services are provided to families free of charge.

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

Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York
Adoptive and Guardianship Assistance Program for Everyone (AGAPE)
Program Contact: Renee Hettich,
350 State Street
Binghamton, NY 13901
Phone: (607) 272-0034; (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

Tompkins/Tioga Neighborhood Legal Services
215 North Cayuga St.
The Dewitt Mall
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 273-3666
Tompkins/Tioga Neighborhood Legal Services provide free legal assistance to low-income residents of Tompkins and Tioga Counties in cases involving public benefits, housing, and homelessness.

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LAWNY) (Chemung County Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.)
The DeWitt Building
215 North Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 273-3667

LAWNY is a private, non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide access to the justice system to low-income people and to other vulnerable populations with civil legal problems.

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.

Tompkins County Office for the Aging
Human Services Annex Building
214 W. Martin Luther King Jr. / State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 274-5482
Fax: (607) 274-5495

The Tompkins County Office for the Aging, is your point of entry into aging services in Tompkins County. We provide objective and unbiased information regarding the array of services available for older adults and their caregivers. Established in 1975, our mission is to assist the senior population of Tompkins County to remain independent in their homes as long as is possible and appropriate, and with a decent quality of life and human dignity.

Tompkins County Youth Services
320 West State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 274-5310
Fax: (607) 274-5313
The Tompkins County Youth Services Department invests time, resources and funding in communities to enable all youth to thrive in school, work and life.
Tompkins County Department of Social Services
320 W. Martin Luther King Jr. / State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-274-5680
Financial and Emergency Assistance: (607) 274-5345; Appointments: (607) 274-5348

The Department of Social Services is responsible for providing benefits and services to sustain families and individuals and to assist them in achieving independence including: Financial and Emergency Assistance, Food Assistance (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Medicaid, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Child Protective Services, Youth and Family Services and Adult Protective Services

Mental Health Department
201 E. Green St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 274-6200
Fax: (607) 274-6316

Provides assessment, counseling, treatment, and crisis services to adults, children and families with mental health impairments, on a sliding scale basis. Provides court-ordered evaluations for family courts in Tompkins and adjacent counties, and evaluates and provides or monitors mental health services for jail inmates.

EMERGENCY AND CRISIS — FOR 24-HOUR HELP Call the Crisis Phone Line, Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service – (607) 272-1616. 24-hour crisis intervention telephone service provides counseling for people of all ages who are considering suicide or struggling with such issues as depression, loss, grief, family problems, health/mental health problems or addiction.

Tompkins County Family Court
320 North Tioga Street
P.O. Box 70
Ithaca, NY 14851-0070
Phone: 607-216-6640
Fax: 212-457-2951

The Family Court hears and determines most legal issues involving children and families. There is a Family Court within each County of the State which is authorized to hear matters relating to: custody, visitation and guardianship, monetary support for children, spouses and ex-spouses, paternity, abuse and neglect of children, violence among family members, children accused of committing crimes (JD), and children in need of supervision (PINS).

Tompkins County Health Department
55 Brown Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 274-6600

The Tompkins County Health Department provides numerous programs and services for Tompkins County residents including: WIC Program, Immunization Clinics, Children with Special Care needs and Early Intervention services.

Family and Children’s Service
127 West State St
Ithaca, NY  14850
Phone: (607) 273-7494

This support group meets the 4th Monday of every month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Open to grandparents and any others who have assumed the parenting role for a relative. Free childcare available during the meeting. Please call ahead before coming.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
CCE-Tompkins Education Center
615 Willow Avenue
Ithaca, New York 14850-3555
Phone: 607-272-2292

Family, in all its diverse forms, is the heart and backbone of a healthy society. CCE’s mission is to improve the well-being of the family through strength-based programs that educate, influence public policy, and help families put evidence-based information to work in their lives.  Visit the CCE website to view current programs.