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Foster Care Agencies
Adoption Agencies
Foster & Adoptive Family Support Services
Therapeutic Services


Foster Care Agencies


Name Baker Victory Services
Description Therapeutic Foster care for children with special needs. No Spanish language services available.
Contact Halli Lavner
Address 780 Ridge Road Lackawanna, NY 14218 Phone number 716-828-9500/716-828-9777
Email hlavner@olv-bvs.org Website http://bakervictoryservices.org/
Name Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth Buffalo Office
Description Berkshire Farm Center is a state wide agency providing foster homes for children in care. Prospective foster parents receive comprehensive training and support through out the certification process. Once certified homes are supported by an assigned social worker, 24 hour emergency services, financial support to meet Childrens' needs. Children range in age and special need requirements. Victoria is foster care contact for Western and Central Region counties. See website for more information.
Contact Victoria Hayek
Address Tri-Main Center 2495 Main St. Suite 330, Buffalo Phone number 716-862-4212
Email vhayek@berkshirefarm.org Website http://www.berkshirefarm.org/`
Name Buffalo Urban League CAMMAP
Description CAMMAP recruits, trains, and certifies parents who are interested in adopting legally free children of all ages and ethnicity, focusing specifically on older children, sibling groups, children with other special needs and African American children. Serves Niagara and Erie Counties. Will work with families to arrange individual. and group orientation and training sessions to fit their schedule. No charge for homestudy services for kids in care. Will arrange purchase of service contacts w/ placing agency for waiting kids. Experienced in inter-jurisdictional placements. Will work w/ interpreter to provide services to Spanish speaking families.
Contact Tracy Glover-Cruz
Address 15 E Genesee Street Buffalo, NY 14203 Phone number 716-882-8852
Email 5506ww@dfa.state.ny.us Website http://www.buffalourbanleague.org
Name Catholic Charities of Buffalo
Description Therapeutic Foster Care Services. They provide 30 hours joint foster/adoption MAPP class 2x yr. in Spring & Fall. Provides counseling for birth families, foster children and foster families and referrals for needed services. Specific need for families to foster adolescents
Contact Caterina Plotnicki
Address 525 Washington St Buffalo , NY 14203 Phone number 716-856-4494 x3048
Email Caterina.Plotnicki@dfa.state.ny.us Website http://www.ccwny.org/
Name Child & Family Services of Erie
Description One of Western New York's oldest human service agencies, Child and Family Services fosters safe and healthy environments for children and families in local homes, schools, workplaces and communities. Accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc., Child and Family Services provides foster care, therapeutic foster care, and comprehensive adoption services for children ages 0 - 21. Pre-certification training for prospective foster and adoptive parents are offered multiple times per year. Monthly stipends, medical coverage, and individualized supportive and therapeutic services are provided. Please contact Erica Kuntz or Georgia Marzullo gmarzullo@cfsbny.orgto learn more about our program.
Contact Erica Kuntz
Address 844 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY 14209 Phone number 716-882-0555 x217
Email ekuntz@cfsbny.org Website http://www.cfsbny.org
Name Erie County Department of Social Services
Description 30 hour, ten week GPS/MAPP II pre-service offered 4-6 times per year. Critical need for families willing to accept adolescents (ages 11 years and older), sibling groups (various ages), and medically fragile infants. Active Foster/Adoptive Parents Advisory Board, monthly Foster/Adoptive Parent Support Group meetings. Information meetings held bi-weekly, alternating morning (10 am - 12 noon) and evening hours(6 pm - 8 pm). Will work with family to adjust meeting and training schedules to accomodate family needs. Placement priority for waiting children for agency certified families. See our website for further information.
Contact Adoption/Foster Care Info Desk
Address 95 Franklin Street Buffalo, NY 14202 Phone number 716-858-7274
Website http://www.erie.gov/depts/socialservices/cfa_services_fca.asp
Name Gateway-Longview
Description Provides foster care, therapeutic foster care, respite, preventive respite and adoption services. Pre-certification MAPP/GPS II classes are offered multiple times per year. All individuals and couples are welcome and encouraged to apply. Please contact Kara Marong-Houlahan, MSW Homefinding Recruiter to learn more about us and we look forward to guiding you through the certification process.
Contact Kara Marong-Houlahan,
Address 10 Symphony Circle; Buffalo, NY 14201 Phone number 716-783-3198
Email kmarong@gateway-longview.org/everychild@gateway-longview.org Website http://www.gateway-longview.org/
Name Hillside Children’s Center Erie County
Description Multi-service agency based in Rochester, NY providing long-term and short term therapeutic foster care services in 20 NYS counties. Contact # for Buffalo Metro and Erie Counties. Pre-certification training and home study takes 3-6 months. Emphasis plced on working with birth families. Foster families receive weekly visits from FP support team, 24 hour on-call support and respite services. Also provides infant, international, and special needs adoptions services.
Contact Foster Parent Recruiter
Address 131 Orchard Park, West Seneca, NY 14224 Phone number 716-848-6400
Email info@hillside.com Website http://www.hillside.com/FosterCare.aspx
Name KidsPeace Foster Care & Family Services - Erie
Description Erie County Office of multi-state agency providing community-based foster care program serving children from infancy to age 21. Also provides therapeutic foster care services. See website for NYS fact sheet and online contact form.
Address 4184 Seneca Street #212, West Seneca, NY 14224 Phone number 716-675-7065, 800-451-3425
Website www.kidspeace.org
Name Native American Community Services
Description Multi Service agency providing services to meet the individual and/or family needs of the off-reservation Native American community in Erie and Niagara Counties. Service components include Youth Services, Family Services, Health and Wellness, Economic Self-Sufficiency, and Community Support Services. The foster care program actively recruits Native American foster parents to meet the needs of Native American children in our community, but serves children and families of all races and ethnicities.
Contact Vivian Gifford
Address 1005 Grant St, Buffalo, 14207 Phone number 716-874-2797 x319
Email gkornowski@nacswny.org Website http://www.nacswny.org/
Name New Directions Youth & Family Services - North
Description Provides a temporary, supportive environment for children who either have no family resources, or who for a variety of reasons, cannot live with their birth families. During their time with us, we identify and prepare a permanent home for children freed for adoption or help birth families heal and develop a safe, nurturing environment to which their children can return. Provide therapeutic and regular foster care services. As a foster parent, you have a uniquely rewarding opportunity to support a child in need of nurturing, love, guidance and compassion. You may also help to reunify a family experiencing a difficult time. For those interested in adoption, fostering to adopt provides a chance to expand your family by giving a child a permanent home. The steps to become a foster parent include: Calling the intake coordinator for additional information, schedule a personal meeting with the coordinator to review your introductory information, complete the MAPP/GPS II training, and participate in the matching process as referrals are made to the program to find the most appropriate child for your home.
Contact Melissa Bonello
Address Snyder Square North; 4511 Harlem Rd., Amherst, NY 14226 Phone number 716-834-9413 x214
Email mbonello@ndyfs.org Website http://www.fosteringgood.org
Name Sarah Minnie Badger Foster Care
Description Newly certified Foster Care Agency by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services affiliated with the Bethesda World Harvest International Church. See online form for families interested in fostering.
Contact Dashawn Johnson, Executive Director
Address 1367 Main Street, PO Box 851, Buffalo, NY 14902 Phone number 716-884-3622
Email DaShawn.Johnson2@dfa.state.ny.us, info@smbfostercare.com Website www.smbfostercare.com


Adoption Agencies


Name Adoption STAR
Description NYS Authorized and CT Approved, COA Haugue Accredited. Provides child placement programs including domestic infant and international programs. Conducts home studies for prospective families throughout New York State interested in pursuing a domestic agency adoption, private adoption, international adoption and kinship adoption. Home study often includes educational classes as well as private appointments with a social worker. International programs include Hungary and Bulgaria. Support services include pre & post adoption support groups, training/social events and telephone counseling. See website for more info, including upcoming events. Albany 518-391-2515; NYC 917-470-9340; Syracuse 315-703-7511; Binghamton 607-330-2158; Rochester 585-6725227; Poughkeepsie 845-457-4883
Contact Michele Fried
Address 131 John Muir Drive, Amherst, NY 14288 Phone number 1-866-691-3300
Email info@adoptionstar.com Website http://www.adoptionstar.com/
Name Baker Victory Services
Description Provide homestudies for some domestic private adoptions. Their focus is on international adoptions. Although they are a licensed foster care agency and can do homestudies for adoption of children in foster care, they do not have a mechanism for doing purchase of service contracts. Therefore, they don’t work with families interested in foster care adoptions. (There can be exceptions, e.g., a family that has begun their foster care training and decides to adopt instead.) No Spanish language services available.
Contact Judy O'Mara
Address 790 Ridge Road Lackawanna, NY 14218 Phone number 716-828-9500
Email 8894XX@dfa.state.ny.us Website http://bakervictoryservices.org/
Name Buffalo Urban League CAMMAP
Description CAMMAP recruits, trains, and certifies parents who are interested in adopting legally free children of all ages and ethnicity, focusing specifically on older children, sibling groups, children with other special needs and African American children. Serves Niagara and Erie Counties. Will work with families to arrange individual. and group orientation and training sessions to fit their schedule. No charge for homestudy services for kids in care. Will arrange purchase of service contacts w/ placing agency for waiting kids. Experienced in inter-jurisdictional placements. Will work w/ interpreter to provide services to Spanish speaking families.
Contact Tracy Glover-Cruz
Address 15 E Genesee Street Buffalo, NY 14203 Phone number 716-882-8852
Email Tglover@BuffaloUrbanLeague.org Website http://www.buffalourbanleague.org
Name Catholic Charities of Buffalo
Description They provide 30 hours joint foster/adoption MAPP class 2x yr. in Spring & Fall. Use shorter training program of 5 or 6 wk individual meetings for private adoptions and may for others rather than have family wait for next MAPP training. $100 adoption application fee and $2,000 for home study services. Will develop purchase of service contracts with agencies for special needs adoption, no fee to parents. No Spanish language services available.
Contact Caterina Plotnicki
Address 525 Washington Street Buffalo, NY 14203 Phone number 716-856-4494 x3048
Email Caterina.Plotnicki@dfa.state.ny.us
Name Child & Family Services of Erie
Description One of Western New York's oldest human service agencies, Child and Family Services fosters safe and healthy environments for children and families in local homes, schools, workplaces and communities. Accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc., Child and Family Services provides foster care, therapeutic foster care, and comprehensive adoption services for children ages 0 - 21. Pre-certification training for prospective foster and adoptive parents are offered multiple times per year. Monthly stipends, medical coverage, and individualized supportive and therapeutic services are provided. Please contact Erica Kuntz or Georgia Marzullo to learn more about our program.
Contact Erica Kuntz
Address 844 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY 14209 Phone number 716-882-0555 ext 217
Email ekuntz@cfsbny.org Website http://www.cfsbny.org
Name Coalition of Adoptive & Foster Family Agencies (CAFFA)
Description A consortium of adoption and foster care agencies that maintain a recruiting line and a website with contact info for area foster care and adoption agencies. Will assist prospective families to locate agency which best meets their needs and interests. Group provides variety of services including post certification training seminars, community education, and linkage with area to support groups.
Address PO Box 1672 Ellicott Station Buffalo, NY 14205 Phone number 877-512-2732
Website https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coalition-of-Adoption-Foster-Family-Agencies-CAFFA/292258726360
Name Erie County Department of Social Services
Description 30 hour, ten week GPS/MAPP II pre-service offered 4-6 times per year. Citical need for families willing to accept adolescents (ages 11 years and older), sibling groups (various ages), and medically fragile infants.Active Foster/Adoptive Parents Advisory Board, monthly Foster/Adoptive Parent Support Group meetings. Information meetings held bi-weekly, alternating morning (10 am - 12 noon) and evening hours(6 pm - 8 pm). Will work with family to adjust meeting and training schedules to accomodate family needs. Placement priority for waiting children for agency certified families. See our website for further information.
Contact Adoption/Foster Care Info Desk
Address 95 Franklin Street Buffalo, NY 14202 Phone number 716-858-7274
Website http://www.erie.gov/depts/socialservices/cfa_services_fca.asp
Name Hillside Children's Center
Description Provides domestic infant and international home studies, pre-adoption counseling & support, and information and referral to a wide range of individuals and organizations. Will assist families interested in a waiting child to obtain training and home studies. Services include annual conference, international / domestic homestudies, birthmother support network, search support for birth families, monthly homestudy and information classes, and pre & post adoption parent support groups in Monroe, Erie and Niagara counties . Youth support groups also available.
Contact Lisa Maynard
Address 2075 Scottsdale Road, Rochester, NY 14623 Phone number 585-350-2501
Email adoption@hillside.com Website http://www.hillside.com/adoption/
Name Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie Counties
Description NYS authuorized adoption and licensed counseling agency serving the western New York community. Services include: Counseling for Birth Parents, Adoptive Parents and Children,Pre-and Post Placement Home Studies, Home Study Updates, Referral to Adoption Resources, Adoption Seminars and Workshops and Post-Placement Supervision and Counseling. welcome couples and single individuals of all ages, religions, ethnic backgrounds and lifestyles. NYS authuorized adoption and licensed counseling agency serving the western New York community. Services include: Counseling for Birth Parents, Adoptive Parents and Children,Pre-and Post Placement Home Studies, Home Study Updates, Referral to Adoption Resources, Adoption Seminars and Workshops and Post-Placement Supervision and Counseling. welcome couples and single individuals of all ages, religions, ethnic backgrounds and lifestyles. NYS authuorized adoption and licensed counseling agency serving the western New York community. Services include: Counseling for Birth Parents, Adoptive Parents and Children,Pre-and Post Placement Home Studies, Home Study Updates, Referral to Adoption Resources, Adoption Seminars and Workshops and Post-Placement Supervision and Counseling. welcome couples and single individuals of all ages, religions, ethnic backgrounds and lifestyles.
Contact Rose Ann Gromacki
Address 70 Barker Street Buffalo, NY 14209 Phone number 716-883-1914
Email generalinfo@jfsbuffalo.org Website http://www.jfsbuffalo.org/index.html
Name Lutheran Service Society of New York
Description Full service adoption agency providing home study, parenting education, post-placement services, and adoptive parent support in the Western New York area. Statewide International Adoption program placing children from Poland services: Placing Agency, Hague Education, Dossier Services for families across the US. See website for details of services and approximate cost services.
Contact Susan Lichtenthal, Executive Director
Address 6680 Main Street; Williamsville, NY 14221 Phone number 716-631-9212
Email s.lichtenthal@lssofny.org Website www.lssofny.org
Name New Directions Youth & Family Services - North
Description New Directions Foster Care and Adoption Services provides a temporary, supportive environment for children who either have no family resources, or who, for a variety of reasons cannot live with their birth families. During their time with us, we identify and prepare a permanent home for children freed for adoption, or help birth families heal and develop a safe, nurturing environment to which their children can return. When children are freed for adoption, we actively engage families seeking to adopt and assist them through the process. For those interested in adoption, you must complete the MAPP/GPS II training class, please contact the Intake Coordinator at (716) 834-9413 Ext. 214 for additional information.
Contact Melissa Bonello
Address Snyder Square North, 4511 Harlem Rd., Suite 200; Amherst, NY 14226 Phone number 716-834-9413 x214
Email mbonello@ndyfs.org Website http://fosteringgood.org


Foster & Adoptive Family Support Services


Name Baker Victory Dental Clinic
Description The Baker Victory Dental Center offers a wide variety of services to both the residents of BVS and the general community .The Baker Victory Dental Center accepts most forms of insurance, including Medicaid. For those in need of assistance, payment arrangements are available. We see all of our patients on an appointment basis. Lab work and x-ray procedures are handled on-site. Patients who have special needs can be accommodated and are welcomed.
Address 780 Ridge Rd.; Lackawanna, NY 14218 Phone number 716-828-9334
Email BVDental@yahoo.com Website http://www.bakervictoryservices.org/more-programs/baker-victory-dental/
Name Erie County Adoption Resource Center Support Group
Description Adoption Support and Preservation Group. Meet others who share the daily challenges and rewards of parenting adopted children and teens. Pre- and post-adoptive parents welcome. The support group is open to all adoptive families regardless of which agency or attorney you are or were affiliated with. We offer support to Kinship, private, foster care and international adoptive families. Evening support group meets on the 4th of the month from 6:30 to 8:30, childcare provided.
Contact Karen Kelley
Address 131 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, NY, 14224 Phone number 716-848-6419
Email kkelley@hillside.com Website http://www.hillside.com/
Name Erie County Foster and Adoptive Parent Advisory Board, Inc.
Description Works to establish and improve communication with Erie DSS, promote continuing education for parents, assist in recruitment/retention of F/A families and act as a collective voice of foster/adoptive parents. Meets @ 6:00 on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Joan A. Male Center, 60 Dingens Ave, Buffalo. Services include educational and social events and family respite program. See website for details.
Contact Elvira Northington, President
Address PO Box 442, Buffalo, NY 14207 Phone number 716-858-1630
Email eeelvira6@aol.com Website http://ecfapab.weebly.com/
Name Hopeful Horizons/Amherst Baptist Church
Description Hopeful Horizons hosts adoption/foster care support meetings that are educationally focused approximately once a quarter (usually on Thursday evenings), but the schedule may vary considerably from year to year. Topics of meetings typically include such areas as adoptee grief, understanding adoption and foster care from the child’s perspective, attachment and bonding training, and racial considerations for multiethnic families, etc. Many of our meetings utilize DVD training materials from well known attachment and bonding experts as well as local experts and adoptee panels. Meetings always allow time for group discussion and peer support so that adoptive and foster families can learn from one another’s experiences. These meetings are open to the public. Childcare is sometimes offered but not guaranteed. See individual announcements for each meeting to find out if childcare will be offered. If you are interested in attending, please contact us through the contact us page and someone will get in touch with you for details about our upcoming meetings.
Contact Wendy Beebe
Address 100 Willow Ridge Drive, Amherst NY, 14228 Phone number (716) 691-9456
Email wendy@hopefulhorizons.org Website http://hopefulhorizons.org/
Name New Directions Post Adoption Services Support Groups
Description Multi-service agency which provides a variety of advocacy and support services for families of children with special needs. Post Adoption support group meetings will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month at Global Village Therapeutic Foster Care Buffalo office. Separate meetings for teenagers and for parents, All adoptive parents and families are welcome to attend. See website for details.
Contact Sylvia Inman
Address 4511 Harlem Rd, Buffalo, NY 14226 Phone number 716-834-9413, ext 212.
Email sinman@ndyfs.org Website http://www.ndyfs.org/
Name SOFIA of WNY at Adoption STAR
Description “Supporting ours Families Interested in Adoption” Adoptive family support group in association with Adoption STAR, a NYS voluntary adoption agency. Membership meetings, educational workshops and social gatherings for adoptees, their families and extended family. Welcomes families involved in all types of adoptions, including agency, private, international, foster care or kinship; and in all stages of adoption. Information and education to adoptive families and the community at large. There is a no membership fee, however a one-time donation of $5 to cover administrative costs is appreciated. Call Adoption Star for more information. Agency also has support groups for adult adoptees, birth parents, and birth grandparents.
Contact Zachary Fried
Address 131 John Muir Drive, Amherst, NY 14288 Phone number 716-639-3900
Email sofia@adoptionstar.com Website http://adoptionstar.com/sofia/
Name The Parent Network of Western NY
Description Parent Network of WNY is a community resource for families of individuals with special needs and for professionals who work with these families. Parent Network's goal is to empower families to successfully advocate for their children with special needs and to see that they receive proper care and education by offering seminars, workshops, conferences, information and referral services and resources. Parent Network is designated as a Technical Assistance Parent Center by NYS Education Department and receives funding from several sources. Services include Comprehensive information and referral service, workshops and conferences on various special education topics, Extensive library and resource materials housed in the Family Resource Center, and bi-annual newsletter. See website for information on services and excellent online direcgtry of local helping resources and agencies.
Address 1000 Main Street; Buffalo, NY 14202 Phone number 716-333-4170
Website http://www.parentnetworkwny.org
Name Western NY DDSO- OPWDD
Description Family Support Services Coordinators are available at each of OPWDD’s regional Developmental Disabilities Services Offices (DDSOs) to help families access Family Support Services. Family Support Services can help in times of crisis when a family member or loved one becomes ill, or when things get difficult at home for other reasons. Find out more information about these services and supports by calling your local Family Support Services Coordinator. Support services may include: information and referral, family and individual counseling, recreation, after-school programs, support groups, transportation and specialized equipment and home modifications.
Contact Ray Kenefick
Phone number 716-517-2178
Website http://www.opwdd.ny.gov/opwdd_services_supports/supports_for_independent_and_family_living/family_support_services
Name Working with Fathers Resource Guide
Description This Resource Guide was created in an effort to post accurate and reliable information for fathers, families, communities and professionals; however, it is not warranted or guaranteed that the information in this guidebook is complete, accurate or up-to-date. This Guide is intended solely for the purpose of providing information and convenient access to resources. All information is subject to change at any time without notice, and referrals should be confirmed and updated as needed.
Website http://www.healthyfamiliesnewyork.org/Media/pdf/fatherhood/Fatherhood_Resource_Guide.pdf


Therapeutic Services


Name Arthur Becker-Weidman, PhD
Practice Name: Center For Family Development
Practice Setting: Group Practice
Services Offered: Evaluation and Treatment, specializing helping in families with adopted and foster children and trauma and attachment disorders. I use an evidence-based, effective, and empirically validated attachment-focused treatment: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Training and Consultation for professionals, agencies, and parents in person and via SKYPE.
Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: Ph.D.; Certified Attachment-Focused Family Therapist, Consultant, & Trainer;Certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Therapist, Consultant, & Trainer; Member: American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, Coalition of Adoption and Foster Care Agencies, Association for the Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children, NYS Adoption Therapist Network
Insurance Accepted: Many, Call for details.
Address 5820 Main Street, Suite 406, Williamsville, NY 14221 Phone number 716-810-0790
Email www.Center4FamilyDevelop.com Website http://www.center4familydevelop.com/
Name Center For Family Development-Western NY
Practice Setting: Clinic
Services Offered: All Ages. Specializing in the evaluation and treatment of families with adopted and foster children, and those with trauma and disorders of attachment. Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, an evidence-based, effective, and empirically-validated treatment for trauma and disorders of attachment is the primary approach used. Training for professionals, agencies, clinics, schools, residential treatment centers, and parents is provided.
Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: Certified Attachment-Focused Treatment Organization. All staff are Certified Attachment-Focused Family Therapists and/or Certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Therapists
Insurance Accepted: Various, call for details.
Address 5820 Main Street, Suite 406, Williamsville, NY 14221 Phone number 716-810-0790
Email AWeidman@Concentric.net Website http://www.center4familydevelop.com/
Name Laurie M. Belanger
Practice Name: Maple View Center LLC
Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Offered: I am one of only a few therapists in the WNY area trained in TBRI (Trust Based Relational Interventions). This training specifically focused on foster/adopted children. I am also trained in EMDR, a very effective trauma resolution therapy for both adults and children. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), I am experienced in working with children/adolescents, families, and adults. I've been practicing for over 10 years in various clinical settings. My services usually extend well beyond trauma counseling for families. School advocacy, coordination of services with multiple service providers, linkages to added services; these are all part of what I do. I am a strengths- based, practical, goal-focused therapist. Primarily a trauma therapist, I specialize in working with complex cases and situations. I continually seek out advanced training, offering the best tools and skills possible to my clients. Please see www.child.tcu.edu/training.asp for more info on TBRI.
Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: LCSW. Trained in EMDR and in TBRI.
Insurance Accepted: Out of Network Provider. Sliding scale available.
Address 100 Corporate Parkway, Suite 318, Amherst, NY 14226 Phone number 716-906-9625
Email lbelangerlcsw@gmail.com Website http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/151499