Rensselaer County:

ADOPTION – Home studies are conducted on families expressing an interest in adopting. A child is matched with adoptive parents as closely as possible with respect to ethnic and religious background and the ability of the adoptive parents to meet the child’s needs. Services are provided to both the child to be adopted and the prospective adoptive parents. For more information call (518) 833-6000.

CHILD SUPPORT – Anyone receiving Public Assistance must cooperate with Child Support Enforcement to locate absent parents, establish paternity and support orders. This service is also available to individuals not on Public Assistance who require assistance obtaining child support and are unable to afford a private attorney. For more information call (518) 270-3943.

CHILD PROTECTIVE – Child Protective Caseworkers respond within 24 hours to all reports made to the State Central Register for Abuse and Maltreatment. If the allegations are found to be true, services are provided to the family to begin the healing process and keep the family together. Sometimes it is necessary to remove children from the family when there is imminent risk of serious harm. Cases involving domestic violence, sexual abuse or serious injury to a child are also prosecuted in civil court. To make a report of suspected abuse or neglect call 1-800-342-3720.

DAY CARE – Day care services are provided in centers or informally through a variety of funding sources. Child care is provided to Public Assistance recipients for employment and/or training leading to employment. Transitional child care along with Medicaid is offered for one year to Public Assistance recipients whose cases are closed due to employment. Low Income day care is available to working parents who are not eligible for Public Assistance and whose income is less than 160% of the poverty level. Child care is also provided through this funding to teen parents to allow them to finish high school. Low income day care is limited by available funding. Finally, day care is provided to children who are at risk of foster care placement due to abuse or neglect.

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services Website

FOSTER CARE – Foster care replacement occurs when it is determined that a child is at imminent risk of serious harm due to abuse or neglect by a parent or, when the child has been adjudicated by Family Court, a Juvenile Delinquent or a PINS (Person in need of supervision). A child may be placed in a foster home, group home or institution, depending on the child’s needs. While a child is in the temporary care and custody of the Commissioner of Social Services, services are provided to rectify the problems and reunite the family. For more information call the Foster Care Unit at(518) 833-6000.

MANDATED PREVENTIVE -Services are provided to children and parents where there is a risk of foster care placement to prevent further abuse or neglect of a child. Day care is provided as part of the service to protect the child at risk and to allow overwhelmed parents respite. For more information call (518) 833-6000.

Unified Family Services – Department for Youth; Phone Numbers General Information (518) 270-2960, Detention (518) 283-0500

New York State:
The Office of Children and Family Services – Serves New York’s public by promoting the well-being and safety of our children, families and communities.

Department of Labor – Job Information.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Family & Youth Services Bureau

U.S. Department of Labor – Employment & Training Administration; Directing business, adults, youth, dislocated workers, and workforce professional to training and employment services.

Youth – Summer Programs /Employment

Rensselaer County:
Summer Youth Employment Program

New York State:
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