Columbia County Parent Support Groups

Parent Support Groups for Foster and Adoptive Parents in New York

AGAPE Hudson Valley serves families in Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster counties who have adopted a child or those that have become guardians of a relative’s child. By providing supportive services and connecting families to resources such as parent trainings, support groups for both parents and youths, peer mentoring, navigation for cross-system needs, therapeutic services referrals, counseling, or other supports to help families address issues as they arise, the AGAPE program helps post-adoptive and post-guardianship families through the unique challenges they face following an adoption or guardianship.

AGAPE’s services are provided free of charge. It is open for families who have adopted through foster care or private adoption whether domestically or internationally. Services are also available for those caring for a child through G docket guardianship. Whether it’s a simple question, a need for more training or a more challenging problem, we are here to guide you.

Funded by the Regional Permanency Resource Centers initiative of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services’ (OCFS).

AGAPE Hudson Valley

Contact Person: Tomasine Oliphant

Email: tomasine@affcny.org

Address: 108 Main Street, Suite 5, New Paltz, New York 12561

Phone: 845-679-9900

Parent Network of the Capital Region

Services Provided: The mission of the the Parent Network of the Capital Region is to provide parents with the knowledge, skills, resources and support to effectively advocate for their children and to facilitate productive relationships between parents and school districts for the benefit of students with disabilities.  Services offered offered free-of-charge include: Information on special education and disabilities, Individual advocacy and support for parents, parent support groups, referral and connections to professionals and other organizations, training and workshops, resource center with Internet Access and a quarterly newsletter.  See website for more information on specific services.


Taconic DDSO – OPWDD

Services Provided: Family Support Services Coordinators are available at each of OPWDD’s regional Developmental Disabilities Services Offices (DDSOs) to help families access Family Support Services.  Family Support Services can help in times of crisis when a family member or loved one becomes ill, or when things get difficult at home for other reasons. Find out more information about these services and supports by calling your local Family Support Services Coordinator.  Support services may include: information and referral, family and individual counseling, recreation, after-school programs, support groups, transportation and specialized equipment and home modifications.

  • Contact Person: Gina Cassidy Comfort
  • Phone: 845-473-5050 Ext 155
  • Website: www.opwdd.ny.gov

  

To find upcoming foster and adoptive parent support group meetings, trainings, and other special events on the Coalition's event calendar click here.

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