Kinship Caregiver Programs

Kin & Kids Outreach & Support

The Neighborhood Center Inc.
612 Elizabeth St
Utica, NY 13501
Terri, Program Director
Kristen Outreach Worker
Ph: (315) 272-2630
Fax: (315) 733-6802

The “Kin and Kids” program offers advocacy, outreach and support to kinship caregivers residing in Oneida and Herkimer Counties (Madison County ohone information, referral & support only) Kinship refers to relatives and other non-parent caregivers that are providing full time care for children. Children maybe living in kinship care due to a parent having issues with addiction, incarceration, child protective concerns, military deployment, mental health, abandonment, illness or death. The “Kin and Kids” program will offer support and outreach to children and caregivers by:

  • Conducting home visits to assess the needs and support of the family; provide valuable and up to date resource information to address the challenges and barriers of fostering and maintaining family connections on the child’s behalf.
  • Assist in accessing child only grants through the Department of Social Services as well as other government benefits such as Medicaid, and SSI
  • We will work with families to ensure the needs of children and caregivers. We will foster the empowerment process by making appropriate referrals to access medical, legal and educational services; obtain language translation or interpretation services; facilitate family group meetings for the purpose of family decision making; and host support group forums and nurturing classes to meet the diverse needs of both the caregivers and children

Caregiver Support Group

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

Aging Programs

Office for the Aging

109 Mary Street
Suite 1101
Herkimer, NY 13350
Ph: (315) 867-1121
Fax: (315) 867-1448

The Herkimer County Office for the Aging (OFA) plans, funds, and delivers services to people aged 60 and older in Herkimer County.

Youth Programs

Herkimer County Youth Bureau

109 Mary St.
Herkimer, NY 13350-2917
Ph: (315) 867-1213
Fax: (315) 867-1497

Legal Services

Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. (LSCNY – Utica)

255 Genesee St., 2nd Floor
Utica, NY 13501
Ph: (315) 793-7000
Fax: (315) 732-3202

Since 1966 LSCNY has represented low income, disabled and elderly residents of Central New York in civil legal cases. Our work helps our clients deal with some of life’s most basic needs — a safe home, enough food to eat, access to medical care, a decent education, protection against fraud, and personal safety.

Financial Services

Contact the New York State Office of Children and Family Services Kinship Caregiver Program listed above.

County Agencies

Department of Social Services

301 North Washington St.
Suite 2110
Herkimer, NY 13350
Ph: (315) 867-1291

Mental Health

301 North Washington Street
Suite 2470
Herkimer, NY 13350
Ph: (315) 867-1465

Program Description: Mental Health Clinic for adults and children and youth with serious emotional disorders or mental illness.

State and Federal Agencies

Contact the New York State Office of Children and Family Services Kinship Caregiver Program listed above.

Other Local Services

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany

40 North Main Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
Ph: (518) 453-6650
Fax: (518)453-6792

Services Provided: Adoption; Advocacy, Information, & Referrals; After School Programs; AIDS/HIV Services; Case Management/Service Coordination; Chemical Dependence Services; Counseling; Crisis Intervention; Day Care; Deaf Services; Disabilities (Brain Injury) Services; Disabilities (Developmental) Services; Domestic Violence Services; Emergency Assistance; Employment Assistance; Family Services; Food Assistance; Foster Parenting;    Hispanic Services; Housing; Immigration Services; Jail Ministry; Mediation; Mentoring Services; Parent Education; Parish Social Ministry; Pregnancy Services & Programs; Respite Support; Senior Services; Shelters; Social Justice; Summer Camp & Programs; Transportation Services; Volunteer Groups; Women, Infant, Children Programs(WIC); and, Youth Services.

Transitional Living Services of Northern New York

482 Black River Parkway
Watertown, NY  13601
Ph: (315) 782-1777
Fax: (315) 785-8628

Transitional Living Services of Northern New York is a a private not-for-profit agency to establish residential services for individuals in need of psychiatric, rehabilatative support who are unable to live independently in the community. Our agency now provide services to children, adolescents and adults.

Cooperative Extension Services of Herkimer County

(315) 866-7920

Herkimer Housing Authority

315 N. Prospect St.
Herkimer, NY 13350
Ph: (315) 866-2252
Fax: (315) 866-3942

Herkimer ARC

350 S. Washington St
P.O. Box 271
Herkimer, NY 13350
(315) 574-7000

American Red Cross

(315) 866-2890