Allegany County Support Services

Adoption & Foster Care Support Services in New York State

Foster & Adoptive Family Support Services

Allegany Network of Care: Mental/Behavioral Help

Services Provided: Local on-line service service directory provides vital information to help link consumers to support groups and personal advocacy resources in the community. The site also provides a repository of evidence-based practices – successful, creative ways for communities to respond to their behavioral-health needs.

Children’s Mental Health Coalition of WNY, Inc

Services Provided: Parent run organization providing information and support to western New York families of children with behavioral, social, emotional, developmental and learning challenges.  Family support services, provided by family members who also have children with behavioral needs and challenges, include: on going education and training; annual conference; and assisting parents and caregivers with service planning and participation in services meetings, and achieving responsiveness from formal service systems.  See website for details, online contact form, and county specific support services directory.
Address: 105 Hyledge Drive, Amherst, NY 14226  Phone: 716-871-8997
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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
Address: 131 John Muir Drive, Amherst, NY 14228  Phone: 716-639-3030
Email: Email contact form on website  Website:,

Hillside Children’s Center Western Region

Services Provided: Multi-service agency based in Rochester, NY providing long-term and short term therapeutic foster care services in 20 NYS counties. Pre-certification training and home study takes 3-6 months. Emphasis placed on working with birth families.  Foster families receive weekly visits from FP support team, 24 hour on-call support and respite services. Also provides infant, international, and special needs adoptions services.
Address: 36 Water Street, Cuba NY  Phone: 585-968-8603
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The Parent Network of Western NY

Services Provided: Parent Network of WNY is a community resource for families of individuals with special needs and for professionals who work with these families. Parent Network’s goal is to empower families to successfully advocate for their children with special needs and to see that they receive proper care and education by offering seminars, workshops, conferences, information and referral services and resources. Parent Network is designated as a Technical Assistance Parent Center by NYS Education Department and receives funding from several sources. Services include comprehensive one-on-one support, workshops and conferences on various special education and parenting topics. See website for information on services and excellent online directory of local helping resources and agencies.
Contact Person: Lyn Haggerty
Address: 1000 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14202  Phone: 716-332-4176
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Western New York Foster and Adoptive Families Association, Inc.

Services Provided: WNYFAFA is an independent organization of certified f/a parents. We aim for the better care of f/a children, to establish and improve communication between f/a parents and all community systems and educate the community about child welfare issues. We offer trainings, support group meetings, respite services, provide clothing, an annual cookout, holiday celebration and other events to promote social interaction.In addition, all f/a families in WNY may access the group to resolve issues and concerns. Website coming soon
Contact Person: Elvira Northington
Address: PO Box 442, Buffalo, NY 14207  Phone: 716-837-0854


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: Susan Styborski
Phone: 716-535-5522 #3284

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