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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Infant Mortality Prevention Month

The National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) launched Celebrate Day 366…Every Baby Deserves a Chance, to celebrate babies living beyond the first year of life. With the infant mortality rate so high across the U.S, infants living beyond their first birthdays is a huge accomplishment for many families. Throughout the month of September, NHSA promotes the effectiveness of ongoing programs and efforts implemented to reduce infant deaths, low-birth weight, pre-term births and disparities in perinatal outcomes all year round.

Join the National Healthy Start Association and be part of the generation that ensures that every baby has a chance…

To take their first step.
To say their first word.
To graduate from college.
To become President.
To Celebrate Day 366.

For more information visit National Healthy Start and Minority Health.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Kinship Care Month

Kinship Care Month recognizes children in kinship families, and the grandparents and other relatives who raise them, ensuring their safety, promoting their wellbeing, and establishing a stable household for these young people to thrive.



Monday, September 07, 2015

Labor Day

Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 by the 9/11 nonprofit MyGoodDeed with wide support by the 9/11 community and leading national service organizations. This effort first established the inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

National Child Passenger Safety Week

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children age 1 through 12 years old in the United States and New York State. Every day, approximately 19 children in this age group are treated in hospitals for this cause of injury in New York State. Many deaths and injuries could be prevented if children were properly restrained in an appropriate child restraint.

Many parents and caregivers assume they know how to choose and use the correct child restraints for their children, but these restraints are frequently used incorrectly, yet three out of every four children are riding at an increased risk of injury because their car seats are not being used correctly.


Thursday, October 01, 2015

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

For the 8th year, OCFS is joining together with the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) to help turn the State purple during October to raise awareness of domestic violence and the many resources available in New York to help victims and their children. 

Also, OCFS is again participating in the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® Program to benefit victims of domestic violence.

If you have no-longer-used cell phones or pagers, please look for one of the HopeLine® donation boxes in the Home Office Buildings and the SCR.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Columbus Day

Thursday, October 15, 2015

White Cane Safety Day

White Cane Safety Day celebrates blind and visually impaired people's achievements in the United States and reminds everyone about the how the white cane is an important tool in helping the blind and the visually impaired live with greater independence.


Sunday, November 01, 2015

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month pays tribute to the first Americans and their rich ancestry and traditions, as well as their significant contributions to our country.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

National Runaway Prevention Awareness Month

Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year. The goal of National Runaway Prevention Month is to raise awareness about the issues that runaways and homeless youth face, and
educate the public about solutions to preventing youth from running away from home.
The Green Light Project is the symbol for National Runaway Prevention Month.  Click here for more information.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

National Adoption Month

November is “Adoption Awareness Month” to encourage families to consider adopting foster children who are waiting for a permanent home. It is also a good opportunity to focus attention on the important role the New York State Office of Children and Family Services plays in the adoption process.

Adoptions are processed through local departments of social services (counties or the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in NYC and authorized voluntary agencies but the state Office of Children and Family Services provides valuable resources to support adoptions from foster care within our state and beyond. Each OCFS regional office has an Adoption Specialist on staff to provide assistance in that part of the state.

Contact NYS Adoption Service 1-800-345-KIDS(5437) for more information.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans' Day

Monday, November 16, 2015

New York State Adult Abuse Training Institute

The 2015 Adult Abuse Training Institute (AATI) presented by the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging on behalf of the NYS Office of Children & Family Services (OCFS), brings together participants from a variety of public and private service providers where networking and sharing expertise will be facilitated through an array of formal and informal activities.

This year, the focus of the AATI will be financial exploitation and multi-disciplinary teams. It brings together the perspectives of social services workers, law enforcement, attorneys, bank staff and others to share different methods of collaboration that have been effective in the struggle against financial exploitation of vulnerable adults. The goal of the AATI are always:

  • To build networks, collaboration, skill and knowledge of professionals working with vulnerable adults;
  • To promote the exchange of information, innovative thinking and best practices to improve the provision of services to protect and nurture vulnerable adults;
  • To nurture and sustain all those folks who are engaged in the effort to prevent and/or end abuse to adults in New York State.

For more information about the Adult Abuse Training Institute, please contact Ashley Faustin at or (212) 396-7833 or Paul Fleishmann at or (212) 396-7827.

Albany Marriott

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Day

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

National Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Toys are supposed to be fun and are an important part of any child's development. But each year, children are treated in hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries. During the holiday season, parents and gift givers are urged to keep these simple tips in mind when buying toys or other items for children:

  • Labels are the best way to decide whether a toy or other item is right for a child. Most new toys have appropriate age labels and these should be adhered to.
  • Fabric items should be non-flammable and/or flame resistant.
  • Stuffed toys should be machine washable.
  • Crayons and paints should say ASTM D-4236 on the package, which means that they”ve been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
  • Outdoor recreational items (bicycles,skateboards or sporting equipment) should be accompanied by the appropriate safety gear (such as helmets and gloves).
  • Painted toys should be covered with lead-free paint.
  • Art materials should say nontoxic.
  • Choking is a particular risk for children ages 3 or younger, because they tend to put objects in their mouths, so toys with small parts should be avoided.
Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website for the latest information about toy recalls or call their hotline at (800) 638-CPSC to report a toy you think is unsafe. If you have any doubt about a toy's safety, error on the side of caution and do not allow your child to play with it.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.


Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Day

Friday, January 01, 2016

National Mentoring Month

National Mentoring Month focuses attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure brighter futures for our young people. For information on mentoring opportunities in New York State, visit 



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