Parenting Services 

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
Phone: (845) 340-3990 

Maria Cecilia Deferrari
RAPP Outreach Coordinator
845-340-3990 ext. 347

Positive Discipline Workshop

This parenting class is designed to help parents learn practical solutions for winning children over, gaining cooperation, encouraging positive behavior at home and school, and avoiding power struggles. Classes are based on the series of Positive Disciple books by Jane Nelson, Ed.D., and Lynn Lott, MA, MFT. Workshops offered multiple times a year, call for details and dates.

Sponsored by MHA: the Mental Health Association in Ulster County, Inc.
Please call for details & registration: (845) 339-9090


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 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
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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 counselors 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



Free for all Adoptive Parents, support groups can be a great place to speak with others that are going through the same frustrations and stress you are going through. It is comforting to know you are not alone in this journey. Come together with other parents in a safe, non-judgment space facilitated by adoptive parents to share and connect with others. All adoptive families are welcome. Childcare provided.

Calendar: Last Sunday of Every Month, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


300 Wall St. Kingston NY

Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center