Kinship Connections

Kinship Connections

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.

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.

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

Caregiver Support Group

Come share the challenges, struggles & joys of caring for a child for the second time around. This group is for grandparents, relatives or non-parent caregiver that is caring for a child in Herkimer & Oneida Counties. Coffee, tea & snacks are provided.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at 11am.
We meet at 612 Elizabeth Street, Utica, NY 13501
For More Information Call 315.272.2630

Kinship Connections Outreach & Support Program

A Program of The Neighborhood Center Inc.
612 Elizabeth Street. Utica, NY 13501
PH: 315.272.2630

The Neighborhood Center Clothing Closet

Located at 612 Elizabeth Street is open to the public and to participants of programs throughout the county. It is comprised of gently used donated clothes and sorted by sizes.

Please call 315-272-2630 and ask for Terri or Karleigh to set up an appointment.


FAQ: Does it cost anything to join the program?
ANS: No. The program is funded by the Office of Children and Family Services through a five-year grant.

FAQ: Can anyone be in the program?
ANS: No. The program is open to families who have adopted a child or has legal guardianship of a child. Program staff can work with the family no matter how long ago the adoption or guardianship took place-yesterday, three years ago, a teenager adopted as a baby...

FAQ: Does it cost anything to attend the Family Fun Days?
ANS: No, there is no cost for the families to participate in the Family Fun Days.

CAREERS! We are hiring! Join our team and make a difference! - MORE INFO CLICK HERE
Building A Stronger Community