Kinship Caregiver Programs

“Kin and Kids” Outreach & Support Program

The Neighborhood Center Inc.
612 Elizabeth St
Utica, NY 13501
Ph: (315) 272-2630
Fax: (315) 733-6802
terris@neighborhoodctr.org

The “Kin and Kids” program offers advocacy, outreach and support to kinship caregivers residing in Oneida and Herkimer Counties. 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

Utica Kin Caregivers Support Network

John J. Furman, Director of Grants, Programs, Compliance, and Monitoring
Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Utica, NY
509 Second Street
Utica, NY 13501
www.uticamha.org
Ph: (315) 735-3362, ext. 34
(315) 735-5246
Fax: (315) 735-3366
jfurman@uticamha.org

Services Provided: Information and referral, support group, client needs-assesment system, case management, legal education seminars, referral to services through Community Network Coalition.

Aging Programs

Oneida County Office for the Aging

235 Elizabeth St.
Utica, NY 13501
Ph: (315) 798-5456

Oneida County Office for Aging and Continuing Care

120 Airline St., Suite 201.
Oriskany, NY 13424
Ph: (315) 798-5456

Services Providd: database of services in area, information and referral, child care and youth activities while grandparent attends support group, respite care, legal advice, conferences/workshops.

Youth Programs

Garden Mosaics

101A Rice Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Ph: (315) 568-9710
Web: www.gardenmosaics.org

Garden Mosaics Program connects youth and elders and helps them to investigate the mosaic of plants, people, and cultures in gardens. Participants learn about science and collaborate to enhance communities across New York and the nation.

Oneida County Youth Bureau

Oneida County Office Bldg.
800 Park Ave.
Utica, NY 13501
Ph: (315) 798-5027

Legal Services

Legal Aid Society of Central New York, Inc. (LSCNY)

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

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

472 South Salina Street
Empire Building #300
Syracuse, NY 13202
Ph: (315) 475-3127
Fax: (315) 475-2706
www.lscny.org

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.

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

44 Public Square
Watertown, NY 13601
Ph: (315) 788-2072
Fax: (315) 785-9118
www.lscny.org

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.

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

111 Port Watson Street
Cortland, NY 13045
Ph: (607) 753-1134
Fax: (607) 753-7257
www.lscny.org

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.

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

108 West Bridge Street
Oswego, NY 13126
Ph: (315) 342-2191
Fax: (315) 342-1891
www.lscny.org

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.

Other Programs and Agencies

Oneida County DSS

800 Park Avenue
Utica, NY 13501-2981
Ph: (315) 798-5632

Kids Oneida

310 Main Street
Utica, NY 13501
Ph: (315) 792-9039
Fax: (315) 792-9578
Web: www.kidsoneida.org

Kids Oneida is a not for profit organization that works with at risk youth and their families to keep them from out of home placements. Using the wraparound philosophy towards treatment, Kids Oneida works with a comprehensive team to provide the child and family with individualized treatment and services to help them meet their goals.

Kids Oneida is a unique home and community-based network that provides individualized and non-traditional services to the highest risk youth with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.