Tompkins County Support Services

Adoption & Foster Care Support Services in New York State

AGAPE Southern Tier-Finger Lakes serves families in Broome, Chemung, Schuyler and Tompkins 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 Finger Lakes – Southern Tier

Contact Person: Renee Hettich


Address: 350 State Street, Binghamton, NY 13901

Phone: 607-272-0034

Adoptive Families Community Group of Ithaca

Services Provided: This group is for families, who have been created or expanded through adoption (domestic, international, foster/adoption, transracial, special needs, 1 or 2 parent households, all are welcome!), living in or around Ithaca, NY. It is a loving space to provide support, community and share resources with one another. Has closed Facebook group and occasional social events. Visit their facebook page at join and get in touch with the group.


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: Jeff Envid
  • Phone: 607-771-7784 Ext. 152
  • Website:

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.

Glove House, Inc.

Services Provided: Child Welfare Services: group and foster homes, transitional independent living, Respite Services. Children’s Mental Health:Community Residence, HI FI, Supportive Case Management and Respite; Juvenile Justice: Non Secure Detention, Evening Support Center. Preventive and School Based Services

The Family Resource Network, Inc

Services Provided: Through our various family support programs and support groups your family could have assistance in a formal or informal service format. We are always available to provide information and local referral as well as our NYS Families Together monthly support group, and our monthly “Teen Scene” group, available to youth ages 12-20. Other programs include CCSI coordination, Family Advocacy, OPWDD Family Support Services. Please contact us, check our website or find us on Facebook for more information!

Tompkins County Foster/Adoptive Family Support Group

Services Provided: This is a fostering/adoption “online support group.” This group is open to foster and adoptive parents and is focused in Tompkins County, NY. Please post your questions, tell us about your successes and struggles as a foster/adoptive parent, and share resources that might be useful.

Transracial and Foster Families of Tompkins County (TAFFI)

Services Provided: A peer support group for Ithaca-area families with adopted/foster children of any age, whose race is different from that of the adoptive parent(s). Adult transracial adoptees are also welcome. Our kids are a wide range of ages from newborns to 20-somethings and are of many backgrounds. We have a listserve, a monthly parent discussion group, and occasional family get-togethers. We hope to open doors to connect our children with their heritage communities, help them learn strategies to cope with the reality of racism in America, develop our own cultural awareness, and make the world a better place for all children.

  • Contact Person: Anneliese Traume
  • Address: 3278 Duboise Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
  • Phone: 607-280-1589
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