Onondaga County Support Services

Adoption & Foster Care Support Services in New York State

Central NY 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.


DRN Cornerstone

Services Provided: Free comprehensive mental health and counseling services for all ages and family members: Individual and family therapy, Support groups, Community referral, Confidential counseling in the home or one of our offices
Licensed, friendly, competent and supportive mobile professionals, Child behavior training and support, Work and school assistance, Solution-focused strength-based approaches, Intensive case management, Home-based support services, Crisis management

  • Degrees, Licenses, Certifications, Affiliations: LMSWs, LCSW-R supervisors, LMHC counselors, Combat vet/military background directors, Extensive growing team of mobile clinicians, Minority-owned business
  • Insurances Accepted: Fidelis/Medicaid  Sliding scale on case-to-case basis
  • Languages Spoken: English and Spanish
  • Address: Southside Innovation Center 2610 South Salina Street, Suite 2 Syracuse, NY 13205
  • Phone: 315-868-1000
  • Email: iward.halverson@verizon.net
  • Website: http://www.drncornerstone.com

Family STAR

Services Provided: A program initiative of Adoption STAR providing a full service post adoption support program including clinical counseling, support groups, nationwide post adoption contact correspondence services, and search and reunion services. Associated with Tapestry Books, a premiere online source for adoption books and resources. See website for more online resources and articles, info about services and upcoming events. Albany 518-391-2515; NYC 917-470-9340; Syracuse 315-703-7511; Binghamton 607-330-2158; Rochester 585-672-5227; Poughkeepsie 845-457-4883


Elmcrest Therapeutic Foster Care Program

Services Provided:The Elmcrest Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) Program is a specialized program designed to match high needs foster children with specially trained foster parents. We are committed to recruiting, training, and fully supporting our TFC foster parents, children, and birth families.
Once approved, foster parents are continually supported by the Elmcrest TFC staff. We strive to provide constant communication, support, and ongoing trainings to ensure you have all the tools you need to be successful. Through these trainings and ongoing support, we hope to enable our foster parents to provide intense care to the children and adolescents who need our support most.
We work closely with Onondaga County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to match children in foster care with a therapeutic foster home that is the best fit. The goal is always to eliminate multiple foster home placements and to work in partnership with the birth family to find permanency for the child or adolescent. Elmcrest TFC is approved by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. All children in foster care are provided Medicaid.

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