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Family Peer Support and Advocacy

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.

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ACR Health Hotline

Provides various support groups for Leisbian, Gay, Bisexual and Questioning youth ages 13-25 and Transyouth ages 5-25 as well as Family Support will a Credentialed Family Peer Advocate for Families of Transyouth.

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Addiction Recovery Resources

This website provides links to support groups and resources for individuals in recovery, as well as information for their family and friends. Participation in these recovery programs is free.

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Become a Family Peer Advocate (FPA)

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.

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COMBAT HEROIN and Prescription Drug Abuse

Information and resources on opioid addictions prevention and treatment and how to get involved in solutions. This website also includes videos of real stories. Addiction can happen to anyone, any family, at any time.

 

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Individual and Family Support Unit - Justice Center

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:

  • guidance and information about the reporting and investigative process
  • support during criminal cases and proceedings
  • victim interview accompaniment
  • case status updates   

All services are offered free.

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NY Connects

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:

  • Get information by phone, online, or in person.
  • Connect to long-term services and supports regardless of diagnosis, age or how you will pay for services.
  • Receive guidance and coordination as you go through assessment and eligibility processes.
  • Help with completing applications and enrollment in public assistance benefits, such as Medicaid.
  • Or for any additional information.

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NYS Systems of Care

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:

  • Family Driven & Youth Guided
  • Community-Based
  • Cultural & Linguistic Competence

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.

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Pre- and Post-Adoption Services

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.

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Siblings

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.”

Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council