Kinship Caregiver Programs

Grandparents Raising Children Support Group
Town of Southampton Dept. of Human Services – Senior Services 25 Ponquoque Avenue
P.O Box 974 Hampton Bays, NY 11946
Ph: 631-728-1235

Meetings are offered the second Wednesday of every month. Dinner is served at 6:00pm. The meeting runs from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Babysitting services are available.


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
Dinah Castro
423 Griffing Avenue, Suite 100
Riverhead, NY 11901
Ph: (631) 727-7850, ext. 351

Grandparent support group, last Tuesday of every month from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, September – June in the Mastic Moriches Shirley Community Library; Information and referrals; PASTA


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group
128 Springs Fireplace Road
East Hampton, NY 11937
Ph: (631) 324-4947

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is a support group for people who find themselves caring for young family members. Along with support for one another, the group will invite knowledgeable speakers to address parenting concerns about relevant issues such as bridging the gap, custodial rights, health insurance and financial compensation. Childcare will be provided. Open to residents of the Town of East Hampton


Leadership Training Institute
650 Clinton Street
Hempstead, NY 11550
Ph: (516) 483-3400

The Leadership Training Institute’s (LTI) Kinship Caregiver Program provides case management and supporting services for anyone who is raising someone else’s child.

The target populations are children and youth residing with their relative caregivers, regardless of whether the children are in Kinship Guardianship or Kinship Foster Care, are placed directly by the Court in a relative’s care, or are among the larger cohort of children residing informally with kin. This includes children placed by the court under Article 10 with LDSS supervision, or court-placed youth under Article 6 with no LDSS involvement. The target population can include kin such as grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins as well as non-related “fictive” kin with a significant relationship to the child if they are caring for the child.

LTI in Hempstead will provide and/or coordinate the following core components directly or through referral in partnership with other stakeholders including the Nassau and Suffolk counties Department of Social Services:

* Component I consists of providing case management services for kinship families.

* Component II of this model is for supportive services for kinship families including information, referral and advocacy:

1. Trauma screenings

2. Trauma informed services

3. Outreach to promote community awareness and early family engagement

4. Information, referral, advocacy and linkage to community resources

5. Early, comprehensive and on-going family assessment

6. Coordination/collaboration with other service systems to address family-specific needs

7. Parenting training/information

8. Crisis intervention services

9. Home visits

10. Support Groups


Manor Field Family Center
90 East 5th Street
Huntington Station, NY 11746
Ph: (631) 425-9694

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 9:00am – 5:00pm

Wednesday – 12:00pm – 8:00pm

Friday – 9:00am – 2:00pm

Multi-lingual. Children: Homework help Mondays and Wednesdays; one on one tutoring on Thursdays, dance class on Tuesdays (currently there is a wait list); summer youth field trips; holiday-themed children events. Adults – Financial assistance, SNAP applications; English as a Second Language classes Monday and Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, community advocates, health and welfare representative to assist with applying for health insurance, Work Plus (computer classes); free clothing donations; food pantry, up to seven times a year; Project Play – donations received for parents to “shop” for items to give to their children at Christmas; Backpack-to-School program.


Aging Programs

Suffolk County Office for the Aging
H. Lee Dennison Building, 3rd Floor
100 Veterans Memorial Highway
P.O. Box 6100 Hauppauge, NY 11788
Ph: (631) 853-8200

Riverhead County Center
County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901
Ph: (631) 852-1420

The Suffolk County Office for the Aging is the designated Area Agency on Aging under the Older Americans Act. For over 40 years, Suffolk County Office for the Aging has administered federal, state and county programs for persons 60 years of age and older.

Specific goals for the Office are to develop a comprehensive service system designed to assist persons 60 years of age and older in maintaining maximum independence and dignity, to remove barriers to economic and personal independence, and to provide a continuum of care for the vulnerable elderly. Most importantly, Suffolk County Office for the Aging acts as advocate on behalf of all Suffolk County senior citizens.


Intergenerational Strategies, Inc.
75 Windwatch Drive
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Ph: (631) 232-1262
Fax: (631) 232-2423

The organization promotes intergenerational thinking and the civic engagement of older adults. It assists other organizations to create and expand intergenerational community-building activities through the provision of consulting and grant writing services. Workshops and conferences are periodically sponsored. Staff support is provided to the Suffolk County Commission on Creative Retirement. Funded by local foundations and fees-for-services. Organization works with many public/private organizations service and advocacy organizations.


Youth Programs

Hope for Youth
201 Dixon Avenue
Amityville, NY 11701
Ph: (631) 691-5100
Nightline: (631) 389-1080

Services Provided: Diagnostic and emergency residential programs; therapeutic group homes; foster home programs; out-patient and preventative services; Suffolk County youth runaway shelter; Center for Restorative Practices, Touro Law School; OASAS prevention program


Suffolk County Youth Bureau
100 Veterans Memorial Highway, 3rd Floor
H. Lee Dennison Building
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Ph: (631) 853-8270
Fax: (631) 853-8271


Town of Islip Youth Bureau
Town Hall West
401 Main Street, Room 312
Islip, New York 11751
Ph: (631) 224-5320

Modern Dance Program
Offered through the Town of Islip Youth Bureau
David Sanders Dance Dynamics
4110 Sunrise Highway
Oakdale, NY 11769
Ph: (631) 224-5320

Creative Expression through Dance & Movement; Increased Self-Awareness, Improved Self-Image, Positive Social Experience.  Participants will receive modern dance lessons and will participate in recital performances. Open to the developmentally disabled, from ages six through 21 years of age.

*FREE (Program funded by NYS OPWDD) *Every Friday- Starting in September *Class Schedules are 5:00-6:00pm and 6:00-7:00pm *Ages 6 through 21 *Application is required


Youth Enrichment Services
90 Higbie Lane
West Islip NY 11795
Ph: (631) 587-5172

555 Clayton Street
Central Islip NY 11722
Ph: (631) 348-3513

South Shore Community Organization
P.O. Box 811
Sayville, NY 11782
Ph: (631) 277-1365

Youth & Family Counseling Program (Program sites throughout the town)
401 Main Street
Islip NY 11751
Ph: (631) 446-1950

13 McWhorter Street
Brentwood NY 11717
Ph: (631) 231-4333


After School Programs

Weekdays Monday – Friday at 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Islip Middle School, Bayport-Blue Point James Wilson Young Middle School, West Islip Community Center Bay Shore Middle School, Brentwood East Middle School, Brentwood North Middle School, Brentwood South Middle School, Brentwood West Middle School, Central Islip Mulligan Middle School, Central Islip Reed Middle School

Weekdays Monday – Friday at 3:10pm – 6:30pm Central Islip Cordello Elementary School


Youth Runaway Programs

Islip Runaway/Independent Living Program at the YMCA
Ph: (631) 665-1173
24-Hour Service: No

Mercy Center Ministries
Ph: (631) 447-3978
24-Hour Service: No

Smith Haven Ministries, Inc.
Ph: (631) 736-4800
24-Hour Service: No

TOB Youth Development Research Institute
Ph: (631) 422-7653
24-Hour Service: No
Emergency Phone: (631) 751-7500

Town of Brookhaven Youth Bureau -Sanctuary Program
Ph: (631) 451-8043
24-Hour Service: Yes
Emergency Phone: (631) 751-7500

Huntington Youth Bureau Youth Development Research Institute, Inc.
Village Green Center, 3rd Floor
423 Park Avenue Huntington, New York 11743
Ph: (631) 351-3061
Fax: (631) 271-1360
Call our 24-hour Hotline: (631) 549-8700


Huntington Sanctuary Project
Village Green Center, 3rd Floor
423 Park Avenue Huntington, NY 11743
Ph: (631) 271-2183 or (631) 271-2188
Fax: (631) 271-1360

Services Provided: An Independent Living Skills Program, Family Social Work Program, Runaway Program, Host Home Program, the 24 hour Huntington Hotline, a volunteer Advisory Board, an Anger Management Group and various other counseling groups.


Project Excel
Village Green Center, 3rd Floor
423 Park Avenue Huntington, NY 11743
Ph: (631) 271-5499
Fax: (631) 271-1360

Project Excel’s mission is to help youth develop personal, social and academic competencies that will enable them to excel in school, in the community, in the job place, at home and among their peers. All programs are provided to youth FREE of charge.


The Huntington Dug & Alcohol Counseling/Education Center
Village Green Center, 3rd Floor
423 Park Avenue Huntington, NY 11743
Ph: (631) 271-3591
Fax: (631) 271-5497

The Huntington Drug & Alcohol Counseling / Education Center is a state licensed, outpatient chemical dependency treatment prevention provider. We are a community based, not-for-profit agency licensed and funded by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services, in conjunction with Suffolk County and the Town of Huntington. We offer individual, group, couples, and family counseling to individuals who are abusing substances, those who are at risk of becoming drug involved, and their families. Prevention Services include presentations in schools and throughout the community on various health-related topics.


Huntington Youth Court
Village Green Center, 3rd Floor
423 Park Avenue Huntington, NY 11743
Ph: (631) 271-5547
Fax: (631) 271-1360

The Huntington Youth Court Program is run for youth by youth. Youth offenders under 16, who have committed their first misdemeanor crime, are given the opportunity to have their case heard by a jury of their peers. Volunteer youth perform the roles of prosecuting and defending attorney, judge, bailiff, and jury.

Administrative Office: 790 Park Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743
Ph: (631) 427-3700, ext. 221

90 East Fifth Street
Huntington Station, NY 11746
Ph: (631) 425-9694
Fax: (631) 549-3667

Family Advocacy, Crisis Intervention and Life Education Project is a comprehensive effort to help answer the challenges of today. The goal of the program is to strengthen family life through counseling, educational workshops, advocacy, community organizing and volunteer training projects. F.A.C.I.L.E. is a joint project of the Huntington Youth Bureau and Family Service League of Suffolk, Inc.


Tri Community and Youth Agency
Administrative Office: 809 New York Avenue
Huntington Station, NY 11746
Ph: (631) 673-0614
Fax: (631) 673-0614

310 West Hills Road
Huntington Station, NY 11746
Ph: (631) 673–3303

The Tri Community and Youth Agency (Tri CYA) is a private, not-for-profit community based agency dedicated to supporting the growth and development of youth and their families in the communities of Huntington, South Huntington and Cold Spring Harbor.

For more than 30 years, the Tri CYA has provided a broad range of educational, recreational, social, cultural, athletic, counseling and advocacy programs, working closely and cooperatively with businesses, school districts, law enforcement, community groups, government agencies and religious organizations as well as with individuals, parents, and youth community volunteers.

Tri CYA is constantly interacting with community members to help them identify their needs and developing programs, which answer to those needs. Consequently, Tri CYA offers programs which have a long successful history and there are always new programs emerging.


Youth Directions and Alternatives
Northport/East Northport Office: 7 Diane Court
East Northport, NY 11731
Ph: (631) 261-7901
Fax: (631) 261-1460

Greenlawn Office: 71 Broadway
Greenlawn, NY 11740
Ph: (631) 261-6218
Fax: (631) 261-1460

Youth Directions and Alternatives is a private, non-profit community and youth agency serving youth and their families in the school district of Elwood, Harborfields, and Northport/East Northport.


Manasquan School
525 Half Hollow Road
Dix Hills, NY 11746
Ph: (631) 549-9417
Fax (631) 549-1272

Teen Recreation Center
Old Farms School
Calvert Avenue
Commack, NY 11725

REACH Community and Youth Agency, Inc. is a community-centered, non-profit organization providing social, recreational, informational, educational, and advocacy programs for children, youth and families of Commack and Half Hollow Hills.

Since 1972, REACH CYA has identified the concerns and needs of youth, parents and schools, and offered activities that develop positive attitudes, self-esteem and problem solving skills.

Over 1,300 youth participate in CYA programs yearly. Programs are held in the schools, Manasquan building in Half Hollow Hills and Teen Recreation Center at Old Farms School in Commack. In addition to our two sites, Youth Workers facilitate programs and outreach in schools and other

popular teen locations throughout the community.

REACH CYA also administers before and after school child care through our Children’s Center. The Children’s Center is a New York State licensed child care program for elementary school age children in Half Hollow Hills. The Children’s Center also offers a half day Preschool Program for 4-year olds in Half Hollow Hills.


Family Service League
790 Park Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743
Ph: (631) 427-3700

Services Provided: Addiction services; children and youth programs; children with autism; early childhood; family mental health and counseling; family support services; housing and homeless services; integrated health care; senior services; technology and employment; trauma and crisis counseling; veterans assistance.


Legal Services

Senior Citizens Law Program at Touro Law Center
225 Eastview Drive
Central Islip, New York 11722
Ph: (631) 761-7000

Grandparents Rights, Representative Payee, Financial Exploitation, Institutional Abuse, Social Security & SSI, Medicaid/Low-Income Medicare, Disability Benefits, Public Assistance & Food Stamps, Medicare (Supplement Plans, Part C, Part D), Medicare Appeals, Nursing Home, Assisted Living Facility & Adult Home, Long Term & Home Health Care, Power of Attorney/Health Care Proxy & Living Will, Energy, Utility & HEAP, Home Repair Fraud, Landlord/Tenant, Senior, Subsidized & Section 8, Town Code Violations/Taxes, Americans with Disabilities, Name Change, Debts & Loans, Fraud, Warranties & Contracts, Miscellaneous
Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc. (NSLS – Islandia)
1757 Veterans Highway, Suite 50
Islandia, NY
Ph: (631) 232-2400
Fax: (631) 232-2489


Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc. (NSLS – Riverhead)
313 West Main Street
Riverhead, NY
Ph: (631) 369-1112
Fax: (631) 369-1612

Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee Inc. or “Law Services” is a non-profit, community based poverty law program which provides legal assistance in civil (non-criminal) matters to low income people throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York State.


Financial Services

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

County Agencies

Suffolk County Department of Social Services
Riverhead Center
893 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
Ph: (631) 852-3500
Fax: (631)852-3505

Coram Center
80 Middle Country Road
Coram, NY 11727
Ph: (631) 854-2300
Fax (631) 854-2123

Smithtown Center
200 Wireless Boulevard
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Ph: (631) 853-8714
Fax: (631) 853-8842

South West Center
2 South 2nd Street
Deer Park, NY 11729
Ph: (631) 854-6600
Fax: (631) 854-6672

MacArthur Center
3455 Veterans Memorial Highway
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Provides Child Support Enforcement and Family and Children Services only


State and Federal Agencies

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


Other Local Services

Intergenerational Strategies, Inc.
75 Windwatch Drive
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Ph: (631) 232-1262
Fax: (631) 232-2423

The organization promotes intergenerational thinking and the civic engagement of older adults. It assists other organizations to create and expand intergenerational community-building activities through the provision of consulting and grant writing services. Workshops and conferences are periodically sponsored. Staff support is provided to the Suffolk County Commission on Creative Retirement. Funded by local foundations and fees-for-services. Organization works with many public/private organizations service and advocacy organizations.


Stony Brook Child Care Services, Inc.
South Drive
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Ph: (631) 632-6930
Fax: (631) 632-4830

Stony Brook Child Care Services offers exemplary care in a new state-of-the-art facility specially designed for kids. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., with various shifts available, and serves University, Health Sciences and Medical Center faculty staff and students as well as non-affiliated community families. Affiliated families pay tuition according to a sliding scale based on gross family income.


Bellport Hagerman East Patchogue Alliance, Inc.
1492 Montauk Highway
PO Box 121
Bellport, NY 11713
Ph: (631) 286-9236
Fax: (631) 286-3948

The Bellport, Hagerman, East Patchogue Alliance, Inc. (BHEP Alliance, Inc.) was established in 1979 as a non-profit community service organization. The mission of the Alliance is to improve community conditions, overcome apathy and negative attitudes by involving the community residents in innovative ways of creating additional housing units, and assist tenants and homeowners to maintain and improve their homes. The goal is to provide an opportunity for the homeless and low income households to live lives of dignity; and representing the needs of residents for better housing, job opportunities and community services.

BHEP Alliance Housing Development Fund Corp.
This Corporation was incorporated in New York State on January 11, 1991. The purpose of this Corporation is to provide decent low cost housing for the homeless and very low income families. The 9 houses in this Corporation were funded by the New York State Department of Social Services and tax foreclosure transferred from the Town of Brookhaven.

Announcements A Community Meeting is the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Meetings start at 6:00pm. Speakers to be announced.

A low-cost Anger Management Classes day and evening. Contact Jackie at (631) 286-9236, ext. 12 or Annette Cummings, ext. 14.

The Department of Labor (DOL) will be at the Alliance every Tuesday from 9:00am -1:00pm. Services provided: resume writing, job search, and job training programs.

The Department of Social Services are at the Alliance from 9:00am – 1:00pm on the 2nd and 3rd Tuesday and 9:00am – 6:00pm on the 1st and 4th Tuesday. Services provided: Applications for SNAP, Medicaid, HEAP, and issues regarding existing DSS cases.

PSEG will be at the Alliance every Tuesday from 9:00am – 5:00pm. They will help with your bill and make agreements. Payments can be accepted checks or money order.

The Community Programs Center of Long Island, Inc.
2210 Smithtown Avenue
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Ph: (631) 585-2020
Fax: (631) 585-8681

400 Sheep Pasture Road
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Ph: (631) 476-9698
Fax: (631) 642-9701

Community Program Centers of Long Island, Inc. achieves its mission by supporting Long Island families in caring for their young children and elderly parents and in making child care and elder care a natural, trusted, affordable, and accessible part of Long Island’s community and business life.

We achieve our mission through:

* High quality, family-like day care programs for young children and frail elderly adults including people with Alzheimer’s disease

* Innovative intergenerational activities which bring children and elders together to share themselves and to use their strengths to the fullest

* Community education to encourage public and private support for families, children, and the elderly

Early Discoveries Center

Child care and learning programs for children eight weeks through five years of age. Also offering Universal Pre-Kindergarten and school-age vacation care and summer programs.

The Children’s Community Head Start and Early Head Start

A comprehensive, federally-funded program for pregnant women and families with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Eligibility is based on low-income. Serving 10+ school districts in central Suffolk County.

Day Haven Adult Day Services

A social model adult day services program serving frail older adults, including those with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and their family caregivers.