OCFS Kinship Programs

OCFS Kinship Programs

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) funds local kinship programs that serve specific counties in New York State, providing case management and other assistance to kinship caregivers. Please click on each individual program for more information. For a complete listing of kinship programs, please visit the county resource page.

NYS unified kinship navigator system of care

OCFS Kinship Online Training – Addressing Caregiver Challenges

Bridge Builders Community Partnership
Family Resource Center
156 West 164th Street
Bronx, NY 10452
Phone: (718) 293-4352
Fax: (718) 588-1965
Program Contact: Leslie Lugo
Email: [email protected]

Serves Bronx County and the upper Manhattan area-We serve informal kinship caregivers, kinship custodians and guardians.

The primary goals of the project are to improve four key indicators: the number of children who enter foster care for the first time, the number of children who re-enter foster care, the length of time children remain in foster care, and the overall occurrence of abuse and neglect within the Highbridge community.

Services Include:

  • Information and Referral to Local Agencies
  • Mental Health Services referrals
  • Family Counseling referrals
  • Health Services
  • SNAP benefits and Housing Assistance Application Assistance
  • Legal Services through Mobilization for Justice
  • Mentorship program for youth re-entering the community from the juvenile justice system

Serves English and Spanish speaking clients. We distribute food to kinship families in need every Wednesday.

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

Catholic Charities of Buffalo – Kinship Program
Allegany County Kinship Program
2636 West State Street, Suite 301
Olean, NY 14760
Contact: Danielle Kielar for Allegany
E-mail: [email protected]
Contact: Jennifer Norton for Cattaraugus
E-mail: [email protected]
716-372-01010 ext. 217
716-378-7062

Serves Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties.

This program is a partnership with Catholic Charities, YMCA of Twin Tiers, Health Foundation for Western and Central NY and Elder Law. The kinship families have to have Article 6 (permanent custody) or informal custody to qualify for the program (for  Allegany). And be TANF eligible for Cattaraugus County. If they have legal guardianship, Article 10 or KinGAP they are not eligible to participate.

The program has 5 components:
1. Case management and referral services: home visits, linkages with community agencies, finding out the needs of the families and how to help them; 1-4 times per month.
2.  Support groups-separate for adults and children: For adults: the curriculum PASTA (Parenting a Second Time Around) once a month
For children: once a month focusing on stress management, listening skills, self-                                                                                                                                      esteem building, bullying prevention
3. Education sessions: ElderLaw lawyer will be presenting on legal issues; 3 times per quarter
4. Family engagement activities:  family swim nights, movie night, craft night, etc. once a month
5. Maintenance and family preservation services: respite for the children once a month

A New York State Office of Children and Family Services Program

Catholic Family Center- KIN Program
87 N. Clinton Ave
Rochester, NY 14604
Contact: Laura Weaver
Phone: (585) 546-7220 ext. 4802
E-mail: [email protected]
Contact: Paige Bauch
Phone: (585) 546-7220 ext. 4903
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.cfcrochester.org

Serves Monroe and Wayne County.

It can be overwhelming to help raise the child of a family member when the parent(s) cannot. Grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles often become the non-parent caregivers for the children of a family member when the parent(s) are unable to raise them. The Catholic Family Center is here to help you with this important responsibility. Serves legal custodians and families with no formal legal designation.

Catholic Family Center Staff services include:

  • Meeting you in your home to provide emotional support
  • Provide you with referral and connect you to services and resources
  • Invitation to our monthly support/informational group (on hold during COVID pandemic)
  • Help you apply for any eligible financial assistance
  • Fun Family Entertainment (on hold during COVID pandemic)

A New York State Office of Children and Family Services Program

Community Action Program for Madison County, Inc.
Kinship Care Program
3 East Main Street
Morrisville, NY 13408
Case Coordinator: Erin Dutcher
Phone: (315) 684-3144 ext. 26
Website: www.capmadco.org

 The Kinship Care Program offers case management, advocacy, referrals and appointment assistance to kinship caregivers residing in both Madison and Chenango County, NY.  Caregivers include grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins or adult siblings caring for related children, as well as close family friends or similar non-relative relationships.  Kinship caregivers can be through informal arrangements (without court involvement) or those with court ordered custody.  Guardianship, foster care and kinship foster care, as well as adoption cannot be supported through this program.
The program provides a Case Coordinator to complete home visits, link to community partners, assist with referrals, and to attend DSS, court, educational or other related appointments in support of the family.  Monthly support groups are available to all participants to encourage social and emotional networking as well as group activities, speakers, presentations and educational opportunities to participants.  Additional groups are available for all children in the kinship home as well as family engagement groups for the whole family.  All services and focus areas are determined by the kinship caregivers and children.

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


The Family Center

493 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Phone: (718) 230-1379 ext. 132 (For New Clients)
Website: https://www.thefamilycenter.org/what-we-do/family-support-services/family-ties/

Program Contact: Trish Jean-Louis, Program Supervisor
Phone: (718) 230-1379 x 132
Fax: (718) 638-1628
Email: [email protected]

The Family Center’s Permanency Resource Center serves all 5 boroughs of NYC -Serves adoptive parents and caregivers with legal guardianship.
The Family Center’s Kinship Program serves Brooklyn (Kings) and Staten Island (Richmond)- Serves kinship caregivers with legal custodian and families with no formal designation.

Family Ties Program:
Across New York City, there are over 80,000 households led by grandparents or other kin who are raising children due to the illness, absence or loss of their biological parents. The Family Center offers a full array of services to these families, who are often struggling financially and emotionally. Across the five boroughs of New York City, most kinship caregivers and adoptive parents will be eligible for services under one of our caregiver contracts. Services can be delivered in the office or home.

Services include:
• Individual and Family Counseling, with specialization in family transitions, trauma, and grief and loss
• Developing a permanency plan to address who would care for children if a caregiver becomes incapacitated or dies
• Case management and advocacy to ensure families have all the services and benefits that they need
• Legal assistance on family law, housing, lifetime planning and benefits matters
• Parenting groups and support, specialized for grandparent caregivers
• Recreational activities for families

Services are available in English, Spanish, French and Haitian Creole.

TFC’s services for adoptive parents and kincaregivers are funded by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services

Family Service Society of Yonkers
Kinship Support Program
30 South Broadway
5th Floor
Yonkers, NY 10701
Phone: (914) 963-5118
Fax: (914) 308-3281
Program Contact: Carolyn Fluckinger, Program Director
Email: [email protected]
Program Contact for Rockland: Michelle Brownlee, Case Manager
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.fssy.org

Serves Westchester and Rockland Counties

Provides case assistance and management, case advocacy, caregiver support groups, parenting and communication workshops, information and referral, family and youth events, free summer youth program, parenting and communication workshops, material assistance, access to mediation, counseling and legal services. Serves legal custodians and families with no formal legal designation.

Services Include:
  • Case Management & Assistance
  • Case Advocacy
  • Caregiver Support Groups
  • Parenting & Communication Workshops
  • Information & Referral
  • Family & Youth Events
  • Youth Support Group
  • E-tutoring
  • Free Summer Youth Program
  • Material Assistance
  • Access to Mediation
  • Counseling
  • Legal Services

Hillside-Kinship Caregiver Program
1 Mustard St.
Rochester, NY 14609
Contact: Beth Harrington
Phone: 315-459-1606
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.hillside.com
Program Serves: Monroe and Erie County.

The Hillside Kinship Care Program is designed based on the unique needs of kinship families with a goal to support and strengthen families, promote permanency and ensure the well-being of kinship children.
This program serves families with informal or legal custody of a youth between the ages of 0-18, free of charge. Services are provided by experienced kinship parents and other kinship professionals.

We understand the challenges grandparents, relatives or any non-parent caregiver may experience at times and the need to secure consistent resources and meet other kinship families.
Participating families will be connected to a Permanency Specialist who will provide one to one support to help caregivers identify tools to manage challenging youth behaviors, navigate legal, school and mental health systems, secure community resources and connect with other kinship families through support groups and recreational activities.
• Information and assistance with referrals to community-based services
• 24/7 Hillside crisis management services
• Individual advocacy and one to one case management support
• Monthly caregiver and youth support groups
• Family-focused social/recreational activities
• Caregiver education groups and trauma-informed trainings
• Parenting A Second Time Around “PASTA” workshops

This Kinship Caregiver Program is funded by: New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Hillside – Regional Permanency Resource Centers
1 Mustard Street
Rochester, NY 14609
840 Upper Front Street
Binghamton, NY 13905
Program Contact: Beth Harrington
Phone: (315) 459-1606
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.hillside.com/
Hillside’s Regional Permanency Resource Centers provide intensive support services to post adoptive families and families who have been granted legal guardianship of a child or children. These services are designed to promote permanency for children/youth living in an adoptive home or with a legal guardian. Programming includes; monthly parent and teen support groups, family activities/events, educational workshops and one to one parent and family support/advocacy.
This program is free and voluntary; serving Monroe, Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, Onondaga, Broome, Tioga, Chemung, Steuben, and Allegany Counties
A New York State Office of Children and Family Services Program

Hope for Youth -Kinship Program
201 Dixon Avenue
Amityville, NY 11701
Contact: Leslie Messeder
Cell: 516-506-3458
Office: 631-782-6306
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://hfyny.org/

Serves Nassau and Suffolk Counties

The Kinship Caregiver Program will serve families in both Nassau and Suffolk County who have informal or legal custody of children between the ages of 0 -18.  The Kinship Case Manager will conduct monthly home visits for the first 3 months and will continue for up to 6 months.  Case management services will focus on the long term objective of increasing the caregiver’s capacity to care for the children in their care and reduce stress.  Needs of the family will be assessed and the  Kinship Caregiver Case Manager will make appropriate referral and connect family with local supports and resources.  Families will have access to Hope for Youth services such as mental health, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Children and Family Treatment Support Services and Health Homes.

Hope for Youth is partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension, who provides:

  1. Support Groups-Separate for both adults and children
  2. Education-Parenting A Second Time Around
  3. Family Engagement-Monthly social activities will be planned for the families in the program in each county.

    A New York State Office of Children and Family Services Program

Liberty Resources – Kinship Caregiver Program
945 South 1st Street
Fulton, NY 13069
Supervisor: Priscilla Heilveil
Phone: (315) 598-4642
Email: [email protected]
Case Manager: Betsy Neal
Phone: (315) 598-4642 ext. 137
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.liberty-resources.org/children-youth-families/kinship-caregiver/

Besides outreach to the community, the program offers an array of services tailored to meet the needs and build on the strengths of kinship families in Oswego and Onondaga counties. . For many families, information, referral and linkage to available resources that offer supports such as financial, educational or legal information and community programs will be sufficient.

Other families may take advantage of the program’s case management coordination and the availability of small financial grants for specific needs.  Training on relevant topics as well as elements of  the “Caring for Our Own” and “Parenting the Second Time Around” (PASTA) training curricula are presented   monthly as are  support groups for caregivers and youth. Family recreational activities and brief respite are also available.

In families where there is a high risk of disruption because of serious emotional or behavioral challenges of the youth in care, an intense combination of trauma informed therapeutic case management, assessment & crisis intervention is provided by a master’s level clinical social worker.

Serves Legal Custodians and families with no formal legal designation.

An Office of Children and Family Services funded Kinship Program

New York Council on Adoptable Children
333 West 39th Street, Suite 201
New York, NY 10018
Program Contact: Cyndi Morales and Joann Buttaro
Phone: (212) 475-0222 ext. 232
Email: [email protected]  and [email protected]
Website: www.coac.org

Permanency Program -Serves all five New York City boroughs-Serves post adoption and post guardianship families.

Kinship Connections Program-Serves Manhattan and Queens-Serves legal custodians and families with no legal designation

The Kinship Connections program offer support for kinships caregivers such as grandparents, relatives, and family friends who are raising children that are not their own. Kinship Connections has been re-launched to continue providing support to relative caregivers and their children by helping families access necessary services, expanding family support systems, and reducing stress to promote family stability.

Services Provided:
• Crisis Intervention
• Advocacy
• Referrals
• Coordination of Services
• Legal Assistance
• Individual and Family Counseling
• Support Groups & Workshops

These services can be provided in the home, community, and/or office. Services are provided with varying modalities including Telecommunication using phone, video applications, and online video interface platforms. All services are available in English and Spanish.

Permanency Resource Center

At the New York City Family Permanency Center, we provide adoptive families with engaging and beneficial support services. Our goal is to strengthen family relationships and functioning. We provide crisis and ongoing counseling services, referrals to community-based services, advocacy services, and informative workshops for parents and youth. We provide a wide array of services, and are committed to meeting your family’s needs.

Services Provided:
• Individual and family counseling in your home and at COAC’s office
• Advocacy and referral services for mental health, counseling, and other community services
• Support Groups and Educational Workshops
• Help finding mentoring, tutoring, career and academic planning, employment and other services for youth.
• Telephone WARMLINE for information and crisis counseling
Coordination with COAC’s legal services for families affected by HIV/AIDS

These services can be provided in the home, community, and/or office. Services are provided with varying modalities including Telecommunication using phone, video applications, and online video interface platforms. All services are available in English and Spanish.

A New York State Office of Children and Family Services Kinship Caregivers Program
The Neighborhood Center, Inc. – Kinship Connections
612 Elizabeth Street
Utica, NY  13501
Phone: (315) – 272-2630
Email: [email protected]
Website:  https://neighborhoodctr.org/services/child-care-family-services/kinship-care-management/

This program provides services to Kinship families, with legal custody or no formal legal designation, living in Oneida and Herkimer Counties. We have a staff of 2 Care Managers who provide monthly  home visits as well as phone calls as needed.  Our goal is to help assess the services that you are in need of and link you to those services. We also will be able to provide respite to qualified families. We will have support groups for both adult caregivers and children available in both counties on a monthly or bi-weekly basis. Family fun days will be held on a quarterly basis.A Facebook page for the Caregivers is also up and running. There is no charge to the families as this program is grant funded.  We are able to coordinate services with other service providers as well.

A NYS Office of Children and Family Services Program

OLV Human Services-Kinship Caregiver Program
790 Ridge Rd
Lackawanna, NY 14218
Program Contact: Leann Lapis
Phone: (716) 828-9411
Fax: (716) 828-7845
Website: www.olvhumanservices.org
Provides services to caregivers in Erie and Chautauqua counties who have Article 6 or 1017 custody arrangements, as well as those caregivers providing informal care arrangements for children not biologically their own.  Services include family-driven case management provided by an MSW Case Manager.  Additional services include monthly peer lead support groups and educational sessions for kinship caregivers, as well as interactive groups designed specifically for children in the caregiver’s household, and family engagement activities for all family members.  Group curriculums are evidence based and include the PASTA training (Parenting A Second Time Around) and TCIF (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Families).  Hourly respite services are available for caregivers on an as-needed basis.

A NYS Office of Children and Family Services Program

St. Catherine’s Center for Children (SCCC) Kinship Care Program-Serves Albany and Schenectady Counties

40 North Main Ave.
Albany, NY 12203
Melinda Gonzalez
(518) 390-0802
[email protected]

Program Flyer

The St. Catherine’s Center for Children (SCCC) Kinship Care Program serves the Albany-Schenectady region of upstate New York. A care coordinator and kinship specialist are trained to focus on the needs of kinship caregivers that have informal or legal custody of children up to age 18. With an emphasis on permanency interwoven into all activities, elements of the program include:

  • Case management and referral.
    • Community education for the families.
    • Support groups for caregivers.
    • Family engagement activities.
    • Support groups for children in program.
    • Short respite periods, as needed, for the caregivers.

Families receiving SCCC kinship care services participate in support groups, crisis management training, peer-to-peer support activities, and 1:1 educational sessions that are designed to aid the caregivers in successfully navigating social service and legal systems to obtain much-needed services and support.

Parenting a Second Time Around is the guiding curriculum for the program support groups. Additional training sessions are aimed at increasing the caregivers’ understanding of trauma and how to best provide strength-based parenting to the children in their care and promote stability in the home.

One key feature of the SCCC kinship care program is the brief period of restorative relief from supervising the child(ren) that is provided to the caregivers, with the intent to decrease family stressors and temporarily relieve the caretaker(s) from the demanding responsibility of providing care. The children spend time with the trained respite provider in community outings and educational activities.
The program also regularly solicits the input of the caregivers and families to fine-tune services to the specific needs of program participants.

A New York State Office of Children and Family Services Program

St. Catherine’s Center for Children (SCCC) Kinship Care Program- Serves Greene and Ulster Counties
53 Albany Ave.
Kingston, NY 12401
Program Contact: Lilian Leveque
Phone:(518) 646-3373
Email: [email protected]

Program Flyer

The St. Catherine’s Center for Children (SCCC) Kinship Care Program serves the Ulster-Greene region of upstate New York. A care coordinator and kinship specialist are trained to focus on the needs of kinship caregivers that have informal or legal custody of children up to age 18. With an emphasis on permanency interwoven into all activities, elements of the program include:

• Case management and referral.
• Community education for the families.
• Support groups for caregivers.
• Family engagement activities.
• Support groups for children in program.
• Short respite periods, as needed, for the caregivers.

Families receiving SCCC kinship care services participate in support groups, crisis management training, peer-to-peer support activities, and 1:1 educational sessions that are designed to aid the caregivers in successfully navigating social service and legal systems to obtain much-needed services and support.

Parenting a Second Time Around is the guiding curriculum for the program support groups. Additional training sessions are aimed at increasing the caregivers’ understanding of trauma and how to best provide strength-based parenting to the children in their care and promote stability in the home.

One key feature of the SCCC kinship care program is the brief period of restorative relief from supervising the child(ren) that is provided to the caregivers, with the intent to decrease family stressors and temporarily relieve the caretaker(s) from the demanding responsibility of providing care. The children spend time with the trained respite provider in community outings and educational activities.
The program also regularly solicits the input of the caregivers and families to fine-tune services to the specific needs of program participants.

A New York State Office of Children and Family Services Program