Family Support

Easter Seals New York

Easter Seals is an organization that offers a variety of services to assist people with disabilities and special needs and their families in addressing life's challenges and meeting their goals. Services include medical rehabilitation, job training and employment, child care, adult day programs, and camping and recreation.

Christine McMahon, Chief Operating Officer
Easter Seals New York
29 W. 36th Street, 4th Floor, Room 404
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (800) 727-8785 (toll-free and in NY)
Phone: (518) 244-6053

Families Together in New York State, Inc.

Families Together in New York State is a family-run, nonprofit organization that strives to establish a unified voice for children and youth with emotional, behavioral and social challenges. It provides training, education, support, and referrals services.

Families Together in New York State, Inc.
737 Madison Ave
Albany, NY 12208
Phone: (888) 326-8644 (toll free information and referral line)
Phone: (518) 432-0333 (office)
Fax: (518) 434-6478

Home Energy Assistance Program

A program that provides assistance to eligible individuals to pay for unaffordable energy costs. Emergency benefits are also available.

Home Energy Assistance Program
Phone: (800) 342-3009 (toll-free information)

The New York State (NYS) Parent Education and Awareness Program

The NYS Parent Education and Awareness Program educates divorcing or separating parents about the impact of their breakup on their children. Parents are taught ways they can reduce the stress of family changes and protect their children from the negative effects of ongoing parental conflict. Topics discussed in this program are: building strong parent-child relationships and home environments, being mentally and physically healthy parents, protecting children from conflict between parents, and understanding the legal process.

Some parents may be ordered by the courts to attend these programs, or agencies may refer patients. Parents can also refer themselves to these programs.

A list of parent programs available in each locality and municipality is posted on the Parent Education and Awareness Program website:

New York State Parent Education and Awareness Program
140 Grand Street, Suite 701
White Plains, New York 10601
Phone: (888) 809-2798 (toll free)

Center for Parent Information & Resources

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information for parents, individuals, caregivers and other people involved in the lives of people with special needs.

NICHCY was funded for decades by the Office of Special Education Programs, at the U.S. Department of Education. The project's funding ended on September 30, 2014.

Much of the rich library of materials and publications that NICHCY produced over the years has a new home here, on this website of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). The page that forwarded you here from NICHCY:

  • was either not transferred to the CPIR because it was no longer accurate or up-to-date, or
  • is here, most likely updated, and with a new Web address.

CPIR would urge you to roam our site and look through the wealth of current information we are pleased to offer, including many of the resources originally developed by NICHCY.

Center for Parent Information and Resources
c/o Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN)
35 Halsey St., 4th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 642-8100

New York State ARC

NYSARC is a nonprofit parent- and family-led agency that serves people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. It provides a variety of services and supports for families such as respite, transportation, day treatment and housing services.

New York State ARC
393 Delaware Ave.
Delmar, NY 12054
Phone: (518) 439-8311

Parent to Parent of New York State

Parent to Parent is a parent support program. Services include a parent matching program, disease-specific and disability services information and referral, health care, education and housing information, and family training on working with Medicaid service coordinators.

Michele Juda, Executive Director
Parent to Parent of New York State
500 Balltown Rd.
Schenectady, NY 12304
Phone: (800) 305-8817 (toll-free information)
Phone: (518) 381-4350 (office)
E-mail: Michele Juda, Executive

Family Voices of New York

Family Voices of New York at Parent to Parent of NYS is the Family Voices State Affiliate Organization (SAO) and the Family-to-Family Health Information Center (F2FHIC) in New York. Family Voices of New York is a grassroots organization of family and friends of children and youth with special health care needs. It pursues the mission of improving health care for children and youth with special health care needs. Family Voices is instrumental in connecting families with the resources necessary to assist with their child's special needs.