Children & Family Services

Click below to find resources for children & adolescents, for young adults, and for parents, caregivers, and families:

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Children’s Services:

Astor Services for Children & Families

Astor Services for Children & Families provides behavioral and educational services for children and adolescents ages 2-21 who reside in Ulster and Dutchess Counties. Licensed by the NYS Office of Mental Health and accredited by The Joint Commission, each of the Counseling Centers is a designated Child and Family Clinic Plus provider.

Walk-Ins Are Welcome During The Hours of 9:00am and 2:00pm

Kingston Counseling Center
Phone: (845) 340-4105
239 Golden Hill Lane, Suite 100 in Kingston

Ellenville Counseling Center
Wednesday & Thursday Only
Phone: (845) 647-3349
Trudy Resnick Farber Building, 5 Center Street in Ellenville

New Paltz Counseling Center
Monday, Tuesday & Friday Only
Phone: (845) 419-0850
135 N. Chestnut Street in New Paltz


Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC)

Offers free, neutral information and referral for children from birth to age five, such as early childhood evaluation and assessment services, Early Intervention services, Preschool Special Education services, medical, educational and social services, transportation, day care and preschool programs, and training opportunities for parents and professionals. Serves Ulster, Dutchess, Orange & Sullivan Countites.

Mid-Hudson ECDC
Phone: (845) 565-1162
Independent Living, Inc.
5 Washington Terrace
Newburgh, NY 12550


Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP)

The relatives as parents program supports relative caregivers and friends raising their family’s or friends children when the parents are unavailable, providing activities, education and respite. Activities include a 4H club, a teen group, a community garden and field trips. RAPP connects people with valuable resources and builds, strengthens and maintains family ties.

Outreach Coordinator
Cornell University Cooperative Extension

Tel. (845)340-3990 Ext. 347
Fax (845) 340-3993
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Website: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County RAPP page:


Children’s Case Management Services

Case Management services for children with social/emotional challenges include: ongoing assessment of child and family strengths and challenges, development of a child focused, goal oriented service plan, linking child and family to appropriate services, monitoring effectiveness of services as they relate to the service plan, and advocacy.

Case Management Services Are Offered By Family of Woodstock, Parson’s Child & Family Center, and MHA in Ulster County

Applications & Referrals Are Submitted To :
Ulster County Single Point of Access (SPOA )
Phone: (845) 340-4119
Ulster County Department of Mental Health
239 Golden Hill Lane
Kingston, NY 12401


SPOA: Single Point of Access

SPOA is a New York State Office of Mental Health Initiative designed to help families access free services for their children, ages 5-18 years old, with serious emotional disturbances. The goal of SPOA is to organize our county’s most intensive mental health services under a single point of access that includes family members as equal partners in the decision-making process.

SPOA, Department of Mental Health
(845) 340-4119


Home and Community Based Services Program

The Home and Community Based Serviced Waiver Program provides in-home services for children (ages 5-17) with a serious emotional disturbance. The program is overseen by the NS Office of Mental Health and serves children that are deemed at-risk of out-of-home placement in a hospital or other residential facility. The program offers six services which are, individualized care coordination, crisis response services, intensive-in-home services, family support services, respite services and skill building services.

Home and Community Based Services Program
Offered by Parsons Child & Family Center
2 Main Street, Suite 201
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 431-1684

Home and Community Based Services Program
Offered by Mental Health Association in Ulster County, Inc.
340 Aaron Court
Kingston, NY 12402
Phone: (845) 339-9090
MHA in


NEXIS – Kingston

Neighborhoods Evolving by Connecting Individuals with Supports A structured family and community-based intervention for children struggling with dysregulated emotions and behaviors. The model works to improve child and adolescent behavior by supporting environmental changes.

Department of Social Services
1091 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401

Phone: (845) 334-5050
Hours: Monday and Friday 8AM to 5PM, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8AM to 8PM.


Intake Unit in Children’s Division

This unit is responsible for the assessment of referrals for children’s services that are made to the Department of Social Services but are not connected with the State Central Registry. Referrals come from a variety of sources including, but not limited to, schools, agencies, relatives, and self-referrals. The Intake Unit assesses families with children ages 0-18 residing in Ulster County for eligibility for Mandated Preventive services in order to prevent the placement of a child in out-of-home care. The Unit is responsible for locating and arranging the placement of a child when placement is determined necessary by the Review Committee.

Department of Social Services
1091 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401

Phone: (845) 334-5195


Child Support Enforcement

The primary objectives include the location of absent parents, establishment of paternity and support on behalf of all children residing in Ulster County in receipt of Temporary Assistance, Medical Assistance, and Foster Care. Enforcement of the support orders requires a multifaceted system involving state and local government agencies, court systems, employers, and the public. Cases undergo continuous investigation to ensure timely collection of needed support money.

Department of Social Services
1091 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401

Phone: (845) 334-5194
Customer Service Hotline at 1-888-208-4485
Hours: 8AM to 5PM Monday-Friday


Child Protective Services

The CPS Unit is responsible for investigating reports of child abuse and/or maltreatment within 24 hours of receipt of a report to the State Central Registry. The toll free hotline number to the State Central Registry is 1-800-342-3720. When necessary, CPS seeks from the Family Court an Order of Protection, court-ordered services for the family, and/or authority to place the child in foster care. The Family Violence Investigative Unit Investigates cases of domestic violence, physical abuse and sexual abuse reported to the State Central Registry. Teams of law enforcement officers and child protective caseworkers jointly respond and investigate these reports. The unit is under the join supervision of a NYS Police Senior Investigator and a Child Protective Services supervisor. The CPS Preventive Unit provides services to families who have indicated SCR reports and are opened for on-going protective and preventive services.

Department of Social Services
1091 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401

Phone: (845)334-5521
Toll Free Hotline at 1-800-342-3720.

Hours: 9AM to 5PM Monday-Friday


Children’s Bereavement Support Group

For school-age children who have lost family members and are experiencing normal grief, this group is designed to help children address the tasks of grief in a supportive, therapeutic setting with other children who share their experience. They do this by participating in age-appropriate activities including music, movement, games, arts and crafts, writing, and grief education through literature and storytelling.

Sponsored by Hospice, Inc.
Meetings held in Kingston

For more information:
Phone: (845) 473-2273 Ext.1127
Hudson Valley Hospice Grief Support Services


Ulster Prevention Council

Offers school-based prevention programs including: Olweus Anti-Bullying Program, PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies), PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), Primary Project, Project Alert, Project Northland, and Project SUCCESS.

Ulster Prevention Council
85Grand Street
Kingston, NY 12401

For more information
Phone: (845) 458-7406


Saint John Bosco Child and Family Services

St. John Bosco Child and Family Services is a non-profit agency providing safe and effective family-style living for children in a supervised setting. Upon admissions, these children, who range in age from 7-21 and who experience a variety of cognitive or emotional challenges, are placed in our care where we provide a comfortable, clean home environment while meeting all of their essential needs: medical, educational, social, physical, mental and emotional. We work on the goal of reuniting the children with their families or facilitate other plans of permanency such as adoption or placement with relatives. Up to six children can reside in each of our three homes. All children placed at St. John Bosco must be able to benefit from the public school system where we place a high priority on education with intensive support in school and at home with in-house tutoring counselors. We are active participants in the IEP process, communicating regularly with teachers.

Saint John Bosco Child and Family Services
P.O. Box 349
Wallkill, NY 12589

Phone: (845) 489-3306


Services for Young Adults:

Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program at
The HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley

The Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program (APHP) at Benedictine Hospital is a voluntary, intensive, short-term multi-disciplinary psychiatric treatment for adolescents ages 13-18 (18 year olds must be currently enrolled in a school program). Individuals who are admitted must be at risk of psychiatric hospitalization or be transitioning from an inpatient stay to the community. APHP is designed in compliance with NYSOMH and JCAHO standards to provide an alternative to inpatient treatment for persons with acute symptoms of a psychiatric or emotional illness. Applicants must meet criteria for medical necessity and be able to be safely treated with less than 24 hours daily care.
The major treatment focus is symptom reduction through medication management and the acquisition of coping skills through Dialectical Behavior Therapy. A psychiatrist directs the treatment team and mental health clinicians provide supportive individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, case management, and advocacy. Academic tutoring is also offered in this program. The goal of the program is to lessen the difficulties individuals are presently experiencing while teaching coping skills to be used throughout life.

The program operates from 8:30am-2pm, Monday-Friday for program recipients. Staff is available on site from 8:00am-4pm Monday-Friday. When the program is closed, an on-call staff clinician is available via telephone.

HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley
at Benedictine Hospital
105 Mary’s Avenue in Kingston
Phone: (845) 334-3110


Youth Leadership ProgramThis program is offered to adolescents ages 13 -15 who reside in the Kingston area and is designed to engage participants in 4 days/week 4 hours/day internship placement sites, participation in weekly 2-3 hour skill-building workshop, and participation in a community service project. Supported by the United Way of Ulster County.

YWCA of Ulster County
Youth Leadership Program
Phone: (845) 901-1661


Teen WRAP: Wellness Recovery Action Planning

WRAP is a manualized group intervention that is recognized as an evidenced-based program by NREEP-SAMHSA. It is a process of self-exploration whereby individuals identify their vision of wellness, share effective coping skills, and set goals to achieve and maintain wellness. At the same time, individuals identify their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in times of stress, distress, and crisis, creating action plans to better cope during such difficult times. This voluntary 6-week group for high school students will be offered in the fall of 2013; Dates and times to be determined. Registration is required.

MHA: Mental Health Association in Ulster County, Inc.
Phone: (845) 339-9090


Children’s Case Management Services

Case Management services for children with soical/emotional challenges include: ongoing assessment of child and family strengths and challenges, development of a child focused, goal oriented service plan, linking child and family to appropriate services, monitoring effectiveness of services as they relate to the service plan, and advocacy.

Case Management Services Are Offered By Family of Woodstock, Parson’s Child & Family Center, and MHA in Ulster County

Applications & Referrals Are Submitted To Ulster County Single Point of Access (SPOA) Coordinator
Phone: (845) 340-4119
Fax: (845) 340-4094
Ulster County Department of Mental Health
239 Golden Hill Lane in Kingston


Transitions Program

Comprehensive Case Management, counseling and socialization services for young adults aged 18 – 24 with mental health diagnoses, substance abuse (past, present, or risk), and homelessness or risk of homelessness. Linkages are made to mental health treatment, alcohol and drug abuse services, housing, case management, and social support.A Collaborative Partnership of Family of Woodstock, Ulster County Department of Mental Health, and MHA in Ulster County

Family of Woodstock Transitions Coordinator at (845) 331-7080 Ext.146
MHA Transitions Coordinator at (845) 339-9090 


Adolescent Anger Management

The Anger Management for Teens Program is a FREE five week co-ed group for youth ages 12-18, who are having difficulty controlling their anger and it is causing problems at home or at school. Youth are commonly refered to this program by their parents, school, or through a probationary agreement.The group is designed to give young people a safe and confidential space to talk about, identify, express, and learn to manage their anger. Registration is required.

Family of Woodstock
Phone: (845) 331-7080 Ext.155 regarding groups in Kingston, New Paltz & Saugerties.


LifeSkills Training (LST)

LST is based on both the social influence and competence enhancement models of prevention for school age youth in grades 3-12. Consistent with this theoretical framework, LST addresses multi



Family Services’ Family Education Program is offering a Community Based Parenting Group in Ellenville starting March 13th.  This free group offers activities and conversations regarding the philosophy and practices of Nurturing Parenting. Call Denise Parent @ 845-458-7461 for more information and/or to make a self referral.

Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm
40 Center Street, Ellenville, NY
Conference Room.

A Production of the Ulster County System of CareWebinar #2:
Practical Tips to Reduce Conflicts with Parents and Children
Kim Addesso, LCSW, HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, Michele Bertelle, MHA in Ulster County, and Nicole Conte, Family of Woodstock, offer strategies to best prepare for and maintain a helpful mindset for reducing conflict.

Webinar #1:
Parent Advocacy & Involvement: How To Be Heard Where It Matters
Sylvia Escala, Family Ties, and Amy Russell, Concerned Parents for Mental Health, share their experiences advocating for their own children and offer strategies for parents who want to become effective advocates.

Postpartum Depression Support Group

This peer led support group for mothers offers an opportunity to understand symptoms of Postpartum Depression, to dispel myths about motherhood, childhood, and attachment, to share resourses for traditional and alternative therapies, to explore strategies for wellness and self-care, and to expand your support network. Registration is Required.
Sponsored by MHA: Mental Health Association in Ulster County, Inc.
For More Information :
Phone: (845) 339-9090 Ext.115

Parenting & Family Values

This 12-Week program focuses on positive parenting skils and attitudes. In addition, this parenting class reviews what to expect when parenting young children, adolescents, and teenagers.
Sponsored by YWCA
1521 Franklyn Street in Kingston
Please call for details & registration: (845) 338-6844

Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP) 

This program provides support, referrals, education and recreational activities to people who are raising the child of a relative.There is an emphasis on parenting skills development, discipline, and child development.

Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County
RAPP Brouchure
Phone: (845) 340-3990  Ext. 343

Support Group for Parents, Families & Friends of LGBTQ Youth

This new group is starting for parents, families, and friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth. The goal is to get together to share stories, share resources, and provide support.

Meetings held in Poughkeepsie
Contact for further information

Kingston Cares

Kingston Cares is a community collaborative sponsored by Family of Woodstock, Inc. and funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration through a Drug Free Communities grant. The coalition is comprised of representatives from all segments of the community including parents, youth, law enforcement, local government, youth serving organizations, businesses, and the faith community. The coalition has implemented the Olweus Bullying Prevention Project, and evidence-based practice, in four of the Kingston School District’s elementary schools, with plans to expand the project to the rest of the elementary schools.

The coalition is dedicated to promoting protective factors by supporting local grassroots initiatives such as a local neighborhood watch group, a summer basketball league and alcohol-free all ages music shows at a local venue. The coalition recognizes the importance of providing worker readiness training, internship and employment opportunities for youth in order for young people to have healthy options. The coalition, in collaboration with the City of Kingston and local businesses, coordinates a youth recognition program in an effort to encourage positive choices among youth and recognize young people for their courage, selflessness and excellence of character. Kingston Cares utilizes Kingston-specific data collected through the bi-annual Youth Development Survey and local crime statistics, as well as the coalition’s own Midtown Quality of Life survey to guide its initiatives and evaluate the coalition’s outcomes.

All individuals and organizations are welcome and encouraged to participate in the coalition.
Kingston Cares
Family of Woodstock, Inc.
15-21 Franklin Street
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 331-1110

Family Matters

Designed to influence population-level prevalence and can be implemented with large numbers of geographically dispersed families. The program encourages communication among family members and focuses on general family characteristics (e.g., supervision and communication skills) and substance-specific characteristics (e.g., family rules for tobacco and alcohol use and media/peer influences). Due to the nature of this program involving successive mailngs of booklets and telephone discussions between parents and health educators; this program can be implemented by many different types of organizations and people, such as health promotion practitioners in health departments, school health educators and parent-teacher groups, volunteers in community-based programs, and national nonprofit organizations. Family Matters is offered in Marlboro, New Paltz, Kingston, Wallkill and Onteora.

Ulster Prevention Council
85 Grand Street
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 458-7406

Family Education Program

The Family Education Program provides home-based and group-based parenting education to families with an open case with the Ulster County Department of Social Services Children and Family Unit. We strive to strengthen and support families by “meeting them where they are at” and enhancing their nurturing skills. Family Educators offer home visits with parents and children at times that are conducive for learning. We provide supportive modeling and coaching of effective parenting skills, using a variety of resources, including the evidence-based Nurturing Parenting Program curriculums. Family Educators offer assistance with accessing community resources and securing concrete needs. We also offer several parenting groups throughout the year, including the nationally acclaimed Parenting Journey I. The education and support that the Family Education provides, helps families to enjoy being together, lower stress levels, increase children cooperation, discipline without yelling or hitting and promote healthy communication for all family members.

Family Education Program
Family Services, Inc.
85 Grand Street
Kingston, NY
Phone: (845) 331-5641­_education_program.php

Dispute Resolution Center

Mediation is an informal, voluntary process in which a neutral third party, called a mediator, helps disputing parties to examine their issues, clarify their perceptions and to explore and develop option leading to mutually agreeable outcomes. The mediator does not give legal advice and does not decide how the dispute should be resolved. Instead, the mediator guides the parties through an informal process where the issues are discussed, options for resolving the problem are generated, and mutually acceptable solutions for an agreement are considered. The mediator facilitates the process but it is the parties who decide how the problem will be resolved. Mediation is less formal than court. While parties may bring an attorney to assist them during mediation, it isn’t necessary since any agreement reached can be reviewed by the attorney before it is finalized. Any resident of Ulster County is eligible to use our services. Residents of other counties who are in dispute with an Ulster County resident are also eligible.

The Dispute Resolution Center offers Mediation Services in the following areas: Custody and Visitation Mediation Services, Court and Community Mediation Services, Parent and Youth Mediation Services, and Parents Apart Class.

Dispute Resolution Center
657 Aaron Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 331-6136

Motherhood Circle

Mother Circle Kingston is a free drop in community support open to all mothers (LGBTQ-friendly) and their babies. Pregnant women are welcome. The group provides a safe place for women to come together, socialize, ask questions and share their unique journey through motherhood. Certified lactation councelors run the group.

Ulster County Healthy Families
15 Railroad Ave. Suite 302
Kingston NY 12401
The group meets on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 10:30-12pm and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 5:30-7pm. Located in Midtown Kingston


Childbirth Preparation Classes

Learn about healthy pregnancy, safe and comfortable labor, and how to take care of your newborn.

For Details & Registration:
Phone:(845) 928-7448
Sponsored by Maternal-Infant Services Network


Ulster County Healthy Start

Prenatal and parenting support, education, health, and nutrition information, connection of families to community resources, early childhood developmental assessments, strength-based, voluntary and free, home visiting services throughout Ulster County.

Ulster County Healthy Families
15 Railroad Avenue Suit 401
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 331-8551
Fax: (845) 331-2909


Maternal Infant Services Network

Providing comprehensive prenatal and perinatal services including information and referral, education, and outreach to pregnant women and women of childbearing age, parents of infants and young children, schools concerned with pregnancy and parenting teens, and health and human service providers.
(845) 928-6895 or (845) 561-3575


Ulster County Early Head Start

Pregnant mom program provides information about child development, health and dental health information through a home visiting model.

Ulster County Community Action
70 Lindsley Avenue in Kingston
(845) 338-8750


Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley

Comprehensive services related to pregnancy and matters of sex and sexuality. In addition to counseling, education, and medical services, services also include distribution of birth control, providing STD testing, and performing abortions.
21 Grand Street in Kingston
Phone: (845) 338-0840

17 Noxon Street in Poughkeepsie
Phone: (845) 471-1540

14 Prince Street in Monticello
Phone: (845) 794-3704


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