Office of Children and Family Services

Kinship

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Kinship Navigator

The Kinship Navigator is a statewide program operated by Catholic Family Center and specially designed to provide an information and referral network for kinship caregivers across all of New York State. A kinship caregiver is a grandparent, relative or family friend who is a full-time caregiver of a child that is not biologically their own.

Since 2006, the Kinship Navigator has provided leadership for a broad-based, coordinated effort to provide comprehensive services that address the needs of kinship caregivers and their families. The Kinship Navigator and local kinship programs are part of OCFS’s efforts to support grandparents and other relatives who are caring for children not in foster care.

Call toll-free
Kinship Navigator: 1-877-454-6463
Visit: www.nysnavigator.org

Local Kinship Services

Services vary by program. They include counseling, support groups, parenting skills training, youth development information, respite activities for youth, legal information, access to financial assistance, information and referrals to other needed services. Please contact the program in your area to discuss your needs.

ALBANY

Community Maternity Services
27 North Main Avenue, Albany, NY 12208
(518) 482-8836

BRONX

New Alternatives for Children
37 West 26th St. 6th Floor, New York, NY 10010
(212) 696-1550 Ext. 290

New York Council on Adoptable Children
589 Eighth Ave. 15th Floor, New York, NY 10018
(212) 475-0222

The Family Center
493 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 230-1379

Bridge Builders
156 West 164th St., Bronx, NY 10452
(914) 255-4940

Presbyterian Senior Services
951 Prospect Ave., Bronx, NY 10452
(347) 537-9642

BROOKLYN

The Family Center, Inc.
493 Van Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 230-1379

BROOME

Family Enrichment Network
24 Cherry St., Johnson City, NY 13790
(607) 723-8313

CAYUGA

Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency
89 York State Street, Suite 1, Auburn, NY 13021
(315) 255-1703 Ext. 124

CHAUTAUQUA

Chautauqua Opportunities
17 West Cortney St., Dunkirk, NY 14048
(716) 366-8176

CLINTON

Child Care Coordinating Council
PO Box 2640, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 561-4999

DUTCHESS

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County
2715 Route 44, Suite 1, Millbrook, NY 12545
(845) 677-8223 Ext. 100

ERIE

Berkshire Farm Center
975 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, NY 14216
(716) 955-9407

Gateway-Longview
10 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201
(716) 783-3378

HERKIMER

The Neighborhood Center
624 Elizabeth St., Utica, NY 13501
(315) 272-2608

KINGS

Jewish Board of Family and Child Services
2020 Coney Island Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11223
(212) 632-4760

New Alternatives for Children
37 West 26th St. 6th Floor, New York, NY 10010
(212) 696-1550 Ext. 290

New York Council on Adoptable Children
589 Eighth Ave. 15th Floor, New York, NY 10018
(212) 475-0222

The Family Center
493 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 230-1379

MADISON

Community Action of Madison County
3 East Main Street, Morrisville, NY 13408
(315) 684-3144

MONROE

Catholic Family Center
87 North Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-7220 Ext. 4830

NASSAU

Leadership Training
50 Clinton St., Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 483-3400

NEW YORK

Presbyterian Senior Services
2095 Broadway, Suite 409, New York, NY 10023
(347) 537-9642

New Alternatives for Children
37 West 26th St. 6th Floor, New York, NY 10010
(212) 696-1550 Ext. 290

The Family Center
493 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 230-1379

New York Council on Adoptable Children
589 Eighth Ave. 15th Floor, New York, NY 10018
(212) 475-0222

ONEIDA

The Neighborhood Center
624 Elizabeth St., Utica, NY 13501
(315) 272-2608

ORANGE

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County
18 Seward Ave., Suite 300, Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 344-1234

OSWEGO

Liberty Resources
1850 County Route 57, Fulton, NY 13069
(315) 598-4642

QUEENS

The Family Center, Inc.
493 Van Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 230-1379

Presbyterian Senior Services
Alberta Alston House, 52-09 99th St., Cornona, NY 11368
(347) 537-9642

New Alternatives for Children
37 West 26th St. 6th Floor, New York, NY 10010
(212) 696-1550 Ext. 290

The Family Center
493 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 230-1379

New York Council on Adoptable Children
589 Eighth Ave. 15th Floor, New York, NY 10018
(212) 475-0222

RENSSELAER

Community Maternity Services
27 North Main Ave., Albany, NY 12208
(518) 482-8836

RICHMOND

New Alternatives for Children
37 West 26th St. 6th Floor, New York, NY 10010
(212) 696-1550 Ext. 290

The Family Center
493 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 230-1379

New York Council on Adoptable Children
589 Eighth Ave. 15th Floor, New York, NY 10018
(212) 475-0222

SCHENECTADY

Community Maternity Services
27 North Main Avenue, Albany, NY 12208
(518) 482-8836

SUFFOLK

Leadership Training
50 Clinton St., Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 483-3400

TIOGA

Family Enrichment Network
24 Cherry St., Johnson City, NY 13790
(607) 723-8313

TOMPKINS

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

ULSTER

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County
232 Plaza Rd., Kingston, NY 12401
(845) 340-3990 Ext. 342

WESTCHESTER

Family Service Society
30 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701
(914) 963-5118

Regional Permanency Resource Centers

Regional Permanency Resource Centers work to

  • prevent post-adoptive and post-guardianship dissolutions/disruptions,
  • provide assistance to families so that children may be cared for in their own homes with their adoptive parent(s) or legal guardian(s),
  • strengthen post-adoptive and post-guardianship families, and
  • avoid foster care or other out-of-home placements.

Regional Permanency Resource Centers serve post-adoptive families and post-guardianship families. Post-adoptive families are families who have finalized the adoption of their child. They include any adoptive family member, whether the adoption was an agency (public or authorized voluntary agency) adoption; a private placement adoption; or an international adoption. Post-guardianship families include families with legal guardianship of the child and an approved KinGAP agreement or families with legal guardianship without a KinGAP agreement.

Abbott House

Program Contact: Catharine Raffaele, craffaele@abbotthouse.net
100 Commerce Drive, Suite 101, New Windsor, NY 12553
(845) 457-5030, ext. 13525
(914) 740-6225

Serving Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties

Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York
Adoptive and Guardianship Assistance Program for Everyone (AGAPE Southern Tier Finger Lakes)

Program Contact: Renee Hettich, renee@affcny.org
350 State Street, Binghamton, NY 13901
(607) 272-0034
(888) 354-1342

Serving Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, and Tompkins counties

Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York
Adoptive and Guardianship Assistance Program for Everyone (AGAPE Hudson Valley)

Program Contact: Tomasine Oliphant, tomasine@affcny.org
108 Main Street, Suite 5, New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 679-9900
(888) 354-1342

Serving Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster counties

Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York
Adoptive and Guardianship Assistance Program for Everyone (AGAPE Long Island)

Program Contact: Patrick O'Brien, pat@affcny.org
21 Greene Avenue, Amityville, NY 11701
(631) 598-1983
(888) 354-1342

Serving Nassau, Putnam, Rockland, and Suffolk counties

Catholic Charities Diocese of Rochester
DBA Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes

Program Contact: Ellen Wayne, ellen.wayne@dor.org
94 Exchange Street, Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 789-2686

Serving Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties

Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country

Program Contact: Jamie Basiliere, jamie@primelink1.net
PO Box 2640, 94 US Oval, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 561-4999

Serving Clinton, Essex, Franklin (includes St. Regis Mohawk Indian Reservation), Hamilton, and St. Lawrence counties

Children's Home of Jefferson County

Program Contact: Karen Richmond, Krichmond@nnychildrenshome.com
PO Box 6550, 1704 State Street, Watertown, NY 13601
(315) 788-7430

Serving Franklin (includes St. Regis Mohawk Indian Reservation), Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, and St. Lawrence counties

The Family Center, Inc.

Program Contact: Marya Gilborn, mgilborn@thefamilycenter.org
493 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 230-1379

Serving the five boroughs of New York City

Gustavus Adolphus Child & Family Services, Inc.

Program Contacts:
Karl Wiggins, karlw@lutheran-jamestown.org
Maggie Dreyer, mdreyer@lutheran-jamestown.org
200 Gustavus Avenue, Jamestown, NY 14701
(716) 665-2116

Serving Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, and Wyoming counties

Hillside Children's Center

Program Contact: Giles Sieburg, gsieburg@hillside.com
215 Wyoming Street, Syracuse, NY 13204
(315) 380-8966

Serving Alleghany, Broome, Chemung, Onondaga, Steuben, and Tioga counties

Hillside Children's Center

Program Contact: Tess Mahnken-Weatherspoon, tmahnken@hillside.com
1 Mustard Street, Rochester, NY 14609
(585) 654-1463

Serving Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, and Wyoming counties

New Alternatives for Children, Inc.

Program Contacts:
Patricia Bryant-Reid, pbreid@nackidscan.org
(212) 651-8035
Samantha Ablaza, sablaza@nackidscan.org
(646) 367-8417
(212) 696-1550
37 West 26th St, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10010

Serving the five boroughs of New York City

New York Council on Adoptable Children

Program Contacts:
Delia Caban, dcaban@coac.org
Joann Buttaro, jbuttaro@coac.org
589 Eighth Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10018
(212) 475-0222

Serving the five boroughs of New York City

Parsons Child and Family Center

Program Contact: Kate Schofield, kate.schofield@northernrivers.org
60 Academy Road, Albany, NY 12208
(518) 426-2600

Serving Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington counties

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