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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Women's History Month

The theme for 2015 is "Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives." For more information, visit the website


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we can each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in communities throughout our country.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Pinwheels for Prevention Planting Ceremony - don't forget to wear blue!

OCFS and the City of Rensselaer are partnering again this year to plant a Pinwheels for Prevention garden to raise awareness of child abuse in observance of Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month in April.

Pinwheels will be sold at Home Office, the SCR and City Hall from March 30 to April 9 at $3 each.  Proceeds from the pinwheels will benefit St. Paul Center, an emergency shelter for mothers and children in the city of Rensselaer.

OCFS and City Hall staff will plant the pinwheel garden on Thursday, April 9 at 12:30 p.m. in Huyck Square at the corner of Third Avenue and Washington Street near the OCFS Home Office and Rensselaer City Hall.

The garden will serve as a visual reminder that everyone has an important role in preventing child abuse and nurturing the children of our community. Also on the 9th, OCFS employees as asked to wear blue in celebration of child abuse prevention.

Huyck Square - Corner of Third Avenue & Washington Street, Rensselaer

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Week of the Young Child

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.  For more information, visit their website.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Annual NYS Child Abuse Prevention Conference

The New York State Child Abuse Prevention Conference inspires and equips participants with skills and strategies to strengthen families, prevent child abuse, and ensure children’s healthy development. Prevent Child Abuse New York is seeking workshop proposals that focus on developing the knowledge, expertise and skill-set needed by practitioners in today’s complex environment. The conference is co-sponsored by the New York State Children and Family Trust Fund and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
Attendees include service providers representing a variety of roles, skills and education levels, as well as program supervisors and administrators from child abuse prevention and child welfare programs, advocates, parents and other caregivers. They bring diverse ideas, a passion for helping families navigate the road to resilience, and a wealth of success stories. They work in varied settings that include parenting education, family support, child abuse prevention and child protective services, intervention and treatment, early childhood education, domestic violence, health care, mental health, legal services, schools and in the home as parents.

Workshop tracks include:
- Parenting Education and Support
- Child Abuse Prevention Skills and Strategies
- Child Sexual Abuse Treatment and Prevention
- Reducing Barriers to Children’s Well-Being
- Family Engagement and Involvement
- Personal and Organizational Resilience


For more information, visit the conference website


Marriott Hotel, 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205

Friday, May 01, 2015

National Foster Care Month

Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to shine a light on the experiences of the more than 400,000 children and youth in the foster care system throughout the country.  The campaign raises awareness about the need for foster families.  Visit the OCFS website or the Foster Care Month website  for more information.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

"I Love My Park" Day

I Love My Park Day is organized by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and the NYS Commission on National and Community Service.  Volunteers from across the state will participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites, cleaning up park lands and beaches, planting trees and gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects.

For information visit

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

Monday, June 15, 2015

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the scope of elder abuse and educate the public about the warning signs of possible abuse, neglect and financial explotation.  

The Awareness Day also encourages reporting of suspected elder abuse to the local Adult Protective Services unit and law neforcement; and sends a strong message that causing physical, emotional, or mental harm or injury, using methods of intimidation, taking advantage of a senior, or jeopardizing his or her health or welfar - is inexcusable and intolerable.


Saturday, July 04, 2015

Independence Day

Monday, September 07, 2015

Labor Day

Monday, October 12, 2015

Columbus Day

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans' Day

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Day

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Day



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