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Transition from Foster Care

For teenagers who have been living in foster care, the transition to life outside of care presents many new and often daunting experiences. These young adults may face challenges as they search for affordable housing, pursue higher education or training, look for jobs, manage on tight budgets, take care of their health needs, and much more. 

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NYS Foster Parent Manual

This manual was designed for foster parents to use in their day-to-day life with children and youth in their care. It provides practical information on topics like medical care, payments, and the role of court and also provides guidance on areas like welcoming a child, discipline, and parent visits. Throughout the manual, emphasis is placed on the role of foster parents working together with caseworkers and birth parents to help achieve permanency.


Office of Federal Acknowledgement Peer TA - Strengthening Self-sufficiency Pathways

OFA Peer TA facilitates the sharing of information across state and local agencies implementing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. The goal of Peer TA is to establish linkages among TANF agencies and their partners serving TANF and low-income families at the state, county, local, and tribal level. The Peer TA website acts as a dissemination and communications vehicle, supporting the Peer TA Network in the provision of technical assistance, facilitating a dialogue among organizations serving TANF and low-income families, and helping organizations learn about innovative programs and the latest research around effective strategies to successfully support TANF and low-income families on a path to self-sufficiency.


Person-Centered Thinking & Planning Tip Sheets for Foster Care in New York

Being person-centered is about how you look at the world. This perspective considers the young person as an active participant in their own life choices. It is seeing the person’s strengths first, instead of their disabilities, deficits, or things that others may think need to be “cured.” 

Tip Sheets include:


Post Adoption Help for Families

Post adoption services for families available through the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) include the following:


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.


Services for Foster Care Youth and Former Foster Care Youth

This is one of the "Need to Know" series brochure published by Youth in Progress. The brochure briefly describes available services for foster youth and former foster youth, including the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program, that are available in New York State. This brochure also includes relevant resources information.


Single Point of Access (SPOA)

Single Point of Access (SPOA) is part of the NYS Office of Mental Health's (OMH) 2000-2001 initiatives designed to expand the county's existing community based mental health system and help make it a more cohesive and better coordinated system. The goal is to create a system that promotes recovery-oriented services, which are widely available, flexible, personally tailored and responsive to individual needs. Individual's preferences will be integrated into the process. All referrals and transitions between programs and services will be entered into a database, in order to monitor who receives services, who does not, alternative recommendations, and the actual mental health residential and case management needs. There will be periodic reassessment and monitoring of an individual's need for a particular level of care/service.

SPOA Coordinators connect people with serious mental illness to mental health services.


Social Security Office Locator

The Social Security Office Locator is an online tool that will locate your local Social Security office using a zip code. It provides the address, telephone number, hours of operation and a link to map and get directions to the office. This site allows people to apply for most types of benefits online, estimate your future benefits and more.


Transition Age Youth

This Transition Age Youth web page provides numerous links to a broad range of transition resources. Some of the topics include:

  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • Communication Skills
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Disability Disclosure
  • Finances
  • Health Care
  • Housing
  • Mental Health
  • Parenting
  • Relationships
  • Resiliency
  • Youth Peer Advocacy


Vital Records

The Vital Records Department of the New York State Department of Health files certificates for births and deaths that occur in New York State outside of New York City and for marriage licenses issued in New York State outside of New York City. Also on file are divorce records for all of New York State since 1963. The Vital Records Section provides qualified applicants with certified copies of the certificates associated with these events. Uncertified copies of older certificates are available for genealogy research.

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