Caregivers Support Project

The overall goal of the New York State Citizens’ Coalition for Children Adoption and Foster Care Caregivers Supports Project was to create sustainable support systems for foster, adoptive, and kinship families parenting children with developmental disabilities. A three year grant from the New York State Developmental Disability Council enabled the Coalition to provide community based organizations with mini grant funds, technical assistance, and on-site training to develop and implement family support projects and services to meet local needs.

Local support projects developed with 2007/2008/2009 mini-grant funds increased families’ knowledge of and access to services in their communities; increased available local support services; enabled families to connect with other adoptive/foster families;  and assisted them to develop and strengthen skills to better meet their children’s needs. Meanwhile, grantee and Coalition training and collaboration with developmental disability service providers increased their knowledge and understanding of issues specific to adoptive and foster families. Grantee projects included a wide variety of caregiver support services such as: support groups, lending libraries, advocacy services, training workshops, and social events.  All 2007/2008/2009 grantees made a commitment to continuing services beyond the end of their project year and are engaged in ongoing outreach to families in their community.

2009 Project Grantees: During 2009, the Coalition provided $2,500 mini grant awards, training, and technical assistance to the following four local upstate organizations to sponsor the development of local parent support projects.  Foster and Adoptive parents caring for children with developmental disabilities are encouraged to contact support network sponsors in their community to  learn about current support network project activities and  services.For complete contact information and a description of each local network’s activities and accomplishments see: 2009 Grantee Final Reports

  • Cardinal McCloskey Services
  • Parsons Child and Family Center
  • St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center  & St.Lawrence Foster /Adoptive Parent Association
  • Westchester Institute of Human Services

2008 Project Grantees: During 2008, the Coalition provided $2,500 mini grant awards, training, and technical assistance to the following four local upstate organizations to sponsor the development of local parent support projects.  Foster and Adoptive parents caring for children with developmental disabilities are encouraged to contact support network sponsors in their community to voice opinions and learn about project activities and support services.For complete contact information and a description of each local network’s activities and accomplishments see: 2008 Grantee Activities and Accomplishments.

  • Cerebral Palsy and Handicapped Children’s Association of Chemung County
  • Family Resource Network (FRN)
  • New Directions Youth and Family Services
  • Saratoga Bridges

2007 Project Grantees: During 2007, the Coalition provided $2,000 mini grant awards, training, and technical assistance to the following five local organizations to sponsor the development of local parent/provider support and communication networks and provided ongoing technical assistance and training to local network sponsors. Foster and Adoptive parents caring for children with developmental disabilities are encouraged to contact support network sponsors in their community to learn about current project activities and support services.For complete contact information and a description of each local network’s activities and accomplishments see: 2007 Grantee Activities Accomplishments

  • Family Resource Network (FRN)
  • Hillside Children’s Center – Monroe County
  • New Directions Youth and Family Services  –  Erie County
  • Northern Regional Center for Independent Living, Inc. (NRCIL) Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties
  • Parent to Parent New York State – Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties

 Coalition Project Activities and Technical Assistance Activities

To learn more about project activities contact
Claudia Corrigan D’Arcy, AFFCNY Program Director, claudia@affcny.org

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