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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.

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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