Local Resources in Orange County, New York
Features Orange County children waiting for adoptive families. The site also provides a wealth of information on becoming a foster or adoptive parent.
Astor Services for Children and Families
Astor Services for Children & Families is a community-based, non-profit organization that provides children's mental health services, child welfare services, and early childhood development programs.
Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County
Serves the homeless, the hungry, the emotionally and physically handicapped, immigrants, the marginalized and vulnerable of Orange County. We collaborate with parishes and non-Catholic and Catholic partners. We help people of all religions who are in need.
Department of Mental Health
Department of Social Services
The Human Services Division provides families and individuals with services that will enhance the ability of families to live together, enable individuals to remain in their homes, minimize the risk of abuse or neglect, and provide for specialized care in residential settings when necessary.
This site includes information about the following:
- Child Protective Services Caseworkers investigate allegations of child abuse and neglect that are made to the New York State Central Register (SCR) and then transmitted to the local DSS.
- Preventive Services provide supportive and rehabilitative services to intact families where children have been assessed to be at-risk of foster care placement.
Family Empowerment, Inc.
A grassroots, family-oriented, person-centered agency made up of parents, consumers, and professionals that are firmly committed to the belief that every individual should be included in the community to whatever extent he or she chooses.
Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.
Promotes the positive mental health and emotional well-being of Orange County residents, working towards reducing the stigma of mental illness, developmental disabilities, and providing support to victims of sexual assault and other crimes. In partnership with service recipients, families, volunteers and the community, MHA strives to fulfill its mission through culturally competent advocacy, direct services, public education, and responsiveness in times of community emergency.
Access: Supports for Living
One of Orange County’s largest human services providers, it is a successful, complex, highly respected, progressive and competitive community-based rehabilitation agency that provides over 14,000 children, adults and families each year with high quality care and confidential treatment. All of Occupations, Inc.’s services can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through one toll-free call to the Service Access Center at 888.750.2266.
Orange County Government
Safe Homes of Orange County
Safe Homes of Orange County works to eliminate all forms of domestic violence through education, outreach and provision of services to individuals and families affected by domestic abuse. Safe Homes is client-centered. We educate and empower people to make informed choices. We serve with compassion and dignity. Our belief is, "Every home should be a Safe Home."
United Way of the Dutchess - Orange Region
United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region makes a measurable difference in people’s lives by securing resources and developing relationships to build a stronger, more vibrant community. We envision a stronger Orange County with active communities working to improve people’s lives.
The mission of the Probation Department is to protect the community through victim focused investigation, supervision, and rehabilitation of juvenile and adult offenders; to provide safe alternatives to incarceration and placement and to address the needs of crime victims and individuals seeking relief through the Family Court.
Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP)
Raising a child with disabilities can be a challenging as well as joyful experience. The goal of this guide is to help caregivers take the first steps in navigating this process and help their children to achieve their full potential.
We assess youth needs by convening community planning groups, identifying problems and strengths and developing coordinated strategies to address them. We are a partner with the local division system for youth, identified as Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS), and the comprehensive services for runaway and homeless youth. We support the local Balances and Restorative Justice collaboration, Aggression Replacement Training (ART) and Safe School Ambassadors.
Other Helpful Sites
Action Towards Independence
ATI advocates at both an individual and community level. On a one-to-one basis, we work with people to assist them in achieving their goals. This may include assistance in obtaining benefits through federal or state programs, organizations, businesses and private companies. On a community level, we work in a non-adversarial way to raise awareness, provide consultation regarding accommodations in employment and education, civil rights, legal protection and housing. We strive to educate different groups through presentations, sensitivity training and special events.
Designed for parents and other adults involved in the lives of youth ages 7-18, the Family Guide Web site emphasizes the importance of family, promotes mental health, and prevents underage use of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.
No matter who you are or what you do, friends are important to happiness and success. They cheer us on, help us through the tough times and even overlook our imperfections. People with illnesses such as depression, anxiety, ADHD and Bipolar are no different.
Kids Health/Positive Parenting
All parents need a little advice now and then. Get the lowdown on parenting basics like discipline, homework help, and how to talk to your child about tough subjects, like sex, tobacco, and alcohol. Plus, find out where you can turn for help and support.
Mental Health News
Information, education, advocacy and resources from the local, state and national news scene.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (Orange County Information)
Orange County’s voice on mental illness.
New York State Office of Mental Health
New York State has a large, multi-faceted mental health system that serves more than 500,000 individuals each year. The Office of Mental Health (OMH) operates psychiatric centers across the State, and also regulates, certifies and oversees more than 2,500 programs, which are operated by local governments and nonprofit agencies. These programs include various inpatient and outpatient programs, emergency, community support, residential and family care programs.
Federal Government Resources
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Institute of Mental Health
National Mental Health Association
National Mental Health Information Center
National Resource Center on AD/HD
System of Care
Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Helpful publications are available at no charge from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on topics covering: issues, conditions and disorders; substances; treatment, prevention, and recovery; and professional and research topics.