Kinship Connections

Kinship Connections

About the Program

The Kinship Connections program offers advocacy, outreach and support to kinship caregivers residing in Oneida and Herkimer counties. Kinship refers to relatives and other non-parent caregivers that are providing full-time care for children. Children maybe living in kinship care due to a parent having issues with addiction, incarceration, child protective concerns, military deployment, mental health, abandonment, illness or death.

How do I get involved with Kinship Connections?

Its easy! The Kinship Connections program will offer support and outreach to children and caregivers by:

  • Conducting home visits to assess the needs and support of the family; provide valuable and up to date resource information to address the challenges and barriers of fostering and maintaining family connections on the child’s behalf.
  • Assist in accessing child-only grants through the Department of Social Services as well as other government benefits such as Medicaid, and SSI.

Phone: 315-272-2630

We work with you to keep families connected

The Kinship program staff will work with families to ensure the needs of children and caregivers

How We Help

Program staff will foster the empowerment process by making appropriate referrals to access medical, legal and educational services; obtain language translation or interpretation services; facilitate family group meetings for the purpose of family decision making; and host support group forums and nurturing classes to meet the diverse needs of both the caregivers and children.

Key Points

Caregiver Support Group:

This group focuses on the challenges, struggles & joys of caring for a child for the second time around. This is for grandparents, relatives or non-parent caregiver that is caring for a child in Herkimer & Oneida Counties. Please call to find out if there is currently a support group running.

Location: 612 Elizabeth Street, Utica, NY 13501
Phone: 315-272-2630

Kinship Connections Outreach & Support Program:

A Program of The Neighborhood Center Inc.

Location: 612 Elizabeth Street, Utica, NY 13501
Phone: 315-272-2630

The Neighborhood Center Clothing Closet:

Open to the public and to participants of programs throughout the county. It is comprised of gently used donated clothes and sorted by sizes.

Location: 612 Elizabeth Street, Utica, NY 13501
Phone: 315-272-2630, ask for Terri or Karleigh to set up an appointment.



Terri Salisbury
Phone: 315-272-2630

(315) 272-2600
(844) 732-6228
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