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
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.cmhcwny.org/home.html
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
The Advocacy Center
Services Provided: The Advocacy Center empowers individuals with disabilities and their families to advocate for themselves and realize their personal goals. Together we build strong, inclusive communities by increasing the ability of community members to support and value all individuals. Services include infromation and referral, family re-imbursement program, volunteer lay advocacy, extracurricular and community activities for kids with developmental disabilities, and workshops and educaational activities. The Family School Partnership program is NYSED-funded Special Education Parent Center, serving the Mid-West region of New York State. See website for service information and locations.
- Address: 590 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620
- Phone: 585-546-1700
- Website: www.advocacycenter.com/index.php
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
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
- Email: Wnyfafa@yahoo.com
Western 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.
- Contact Person: Susan Styborski
- Phone: 716-535-5522 #3284
- Website: www.opwdd.ny.gov