Family Peer Support Services are an array of formal and informal services and supports for parent/family member(s). The goal is to enhance their skills so they can promote positive youth functioning and their child’s ability to live successfully in their community. Family Peer Support Services are provided by trained and credentialed Family Peer Advocate (FPA) uniquely qualified to work with families.
Family Peer Advocates are valuable professionals within the child serving system. They are uniquely qualified to work with families based on their first-hand experience as the parent/caregiver of a young person with a social, emotional, behavioral, health, or developmental disability. This experience, combined with additional Parent Empowerment (PEP) training, allows them to provide peer support to parents of children with similar challenges.
The Individual and Family Support Unit (IFSU) of the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs is a resource for victims of abuse or neglect, their families, personal representatives and guardians. IFSU advocates provide assistance in a variety of areas, including:
All services are offered free.
NY Connects provides information and assistance related to long-term services and supports in New York State for people of all ages or with any type of disability. NY Connects uses a searchable directory for programs, providers, and services in your area.
NY Connects staff can help link you to long-term services and supports, such as home care, transportation and meals. The goal is to help individuals live as independently as possible while meeting their medical, social and functional needs that arise from aging or disability. This program helps individuals, families, caregivers, and professionals.
Contact your local office to:
The Systems of Care (SOC) Framework is a coordinated network of services and supports that are organized to meet the physical, mental, social, emotional, education, and developmental needs of children and their families.
Building Systems of Care, by its own designation as “systems” and not “system,” requires cross-system partnerships with the common goal of developing a broad array and continuum of services and supports that are infused with the values of:
Systems of Care refer to the collaborative, coordinated infrastructure within a community to meet the needs of children and families so they can achieve their own definition of success and equitable outcomes.
Systems of Care are implemented at both the systems level (policy, financing, management) and the service/support delivery level.
The Adoptive and Foster Family Care Coalition of New York website provides a multitude of adoption and foster care information and resources.
Foster Care and Adoption Support Services available throughout New York State including post adoption support services, after adoption resources, training, education, social connections and events. To find additional foster care, adoption, kinship, family support and therapeutic services in your county click here for adoption and foster care services map of New York.
Siblings is a touching look inside the world of those who have grown up with a brother or sister with a developmental disability. This film explores the many challenges siblings face, as well as the added responsibility that is thrust upon them at a very early age. The interviewees testify that they once had feelings of neglect, anger and jealously toward their siblings with a developmental disability but have grown to become more patient and understanding and to love and accept them. “…I will always be a part of them and they’ll be a part of me.”