Kinship Caregiver Programs

Catholic Charities of Buffalo: Catholic Charities of Buffalo Kinship Caregiver Program

525 Washington St.
Buffalo, NY 14203
Ph: (716) 856-4494

Information and referral for kinship caregivers in Western NY.

KFact Kinship Families and Children Together

975 Hertel Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14226
Ph: (716) 862-4212

The Kinship Caregivers Programis a trauma-informed and trauma-responsive program designed to ensure safe, healthy, permanent homes for children within the family system. The Berkshire KFACT Program utilizes a comprehensive appreach that aligns with the agency’s current foster care and prevention programming, providing case management services, training, and support groups to Kinship Families. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the family’s ability to function effectively and independently. KFACT will provide preventive services to bolster kinship family functioning, prevent placement, or achheive quicker, successful permanency for those in formal care.

Kinship Preventive Services

1325 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14209
Ph: (716) 881-2591

The Kinship Preventive Services program works with kinship caregivers and parents to prevent out-of-home placement of the family’s children.

Gateway-Longview, Inc. : Kinship Caregiver Support Program

10 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201
Ph: (716) 783-3181
Fax: (716) 783-3130

Services Provided: This program is designed for families not requiring ongoing intensive home-based preventive services, but for those who need practical services at critical times.  Services such as mentoring, tutoring, transportation assistance and specialized home visits are available for kinship families.

Family Services of Erie County

Eugene Meeks, Executive Director
330 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY  14202
Ph: (716) 842-2750
Fax: (716) 842-0668

Services Provided: counseling services; service coordination programs; restorative justice programs; dispute mediation/arbitration programs; children’s services, support group, residential treatment for children, Relatives as Caregivers Coffee and Chat Hour.

Relatives as Parents/Providers, Grandparent Support Group

Mental Health Association
36 Pine St.
Lockport, NY 14094
Cheryl Blacklock, Director of Education
Ph: (716) 433-3780

The association provides a variety of services including legal advocacy, support groups, educational services, and information and referral.

EPIC Parenting Workshop

1000 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14202
Ph: (716) 332-4100

Aging Programs

Erie County Dept. of Senior Services

95 Franklin Street, 13th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14202-3985
Ph: (716) 858-8526

Services Offered: Information/referral, legal advice on guardianship and adoption.

Youth Programs

Town of Amherst Youth Engaged in Service Program

1615 Amherst Manor Dr.
Amherst, NY 14221
Ph: (716) 631-7210

The Youth Engaged in Service Volunteer Program provides the opportunity for young people ages 12-20 to contribute and participate in the community. Members will provide service by direct interaction with children, senior citizens, low-income families, persons who are mentally and/or physically challenged, and charitable organizations.

Erie County Department of Social Services Youth Bureau

810 East Ferrry St.
Buffalo, NY 14211
Ph: (716) 923-4000
Fax: (716) 893-7929

Legal Services

Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of W.N.Y  (LSED)

237 Main Street,  Tenth Floor
Buffalo, NY  14203
(716) 853-3087

Legal Services for the Elderly provides free legal assistance for Erie County relative caregivers over the age of 55.  We provide legal representation in Article 6 and Article 10 custody matters with the purpose of keeping children out of non-relative foster care. We consider relative caregivers to include grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and those related through marriage. Also does education law and Grandparent’s Rights. No income eligibility.

Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS)

237 Main St, 4th floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Ph: (716) 847-0650
Fax: (716) 847-0227

Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. (NLS) is a not-for-profit agency located in Buffalo, New York. NLS provides free legal services to persons with low-income and persons with disabilities. It also provides a wide range of technical assistance and support services. While the majority of its services are provided within Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming Counties, New York, NLS also provides disability-related services for all of Western New York and operates both a Statewide and National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project to assist persons with disabilities and the advocates and agencies that serve them.
Provides legal information and referral to kinship caregivers.  Will also assist with custody, kinship issues, and grandparent’s rights. Income eligibility – 200% below poverty line. Age eligibility – under 55. Those over 55 will be referred to LSED (above).

Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc.

237 Main St, Suite 1130
Buffalo, NY 14203
Ph: (716) 853-9555
Fax: (716) 270-4005

Will assist grandparents with custody issues ONLY if the case is contested in Supreme Court. No age eligibility. Income eligibility is 200% below poverty line.

Western New York Law Center (WNYLC)

237 Main St, Suite 1130
Buffalo, NY 14203
Ph: (716) 855-0203
Fax: (716) 270-4005

Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc.

237 Main St, Suite 1000
Buffalo, NY 14203
Ph: (716) 847-0662

Kinship law, grandparent’s rights, education law. No age eligibility. Income eligibility is 200% below poverty level


Financial Services

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

County Agencies

Child and Family Services of Erie County

330 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Ph: (716) 842-2750

State and Federal Agencies

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

Support Groups

Child and Family Support Program

The Mental Health Assoc. of Erie County
999 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14209
Ph: (716) 886-1242

Buffalo Urban League, Inc.

15 Genesee St
Buffalo, NY 14203
Ph: (716) 250-2400

Services Provided: Community Alliance for Minority and Multi-Needs adoption Program (Adoption) (CAMMAP); Recruitment Services Homestudies/Evaluation; Placement Services; Post Adoption Services; Preventive Services; Foster Care Intervention Services; Family Counseling; and Parent Education