Adult, Child and Family Services
- Adult Protective Services (APS) provide essential services to adults 18 and over who have no one willing or available to assist them responsibly
- These services may include: Investigations of abuse and neglect, assessment of personal care, financial management assistance with MA/SNAP/TA/HEAP, assistance with home management services, and/or assistance with clients and their families with placement matters such as assisted living or long term care.
Child Protective Services
- CPS is responsible for carrying out the protective duties for children less than 18 years of age suspected of being or proven to be abused, neglected, or maltreated.
- The case workers work with the Court, Service Providers, Schools, and Relatives and Law Enforcement (as needed).
Report Suspected Abuse or Maltreatment
The State Central Registry of Child Abuse and Maltreatment, located in Albany, may be called toll free at 1-800-342-3720, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to report suspected abuse or maltreatment.
Foster Care/Preventative/Ongoing & Adoption Unit
Foster Care ServicesFoster care- Children who are under the age of 18 may be placed in foster care for reasons such as:
- Voluntary transfer of care and custody agreement to LDSS.
- Result of child protective case.
- Family Court finds that a child is a person in need of supervision or a juvenile delinquent.An individual permanency plan is developed for each child to reunite them with the biological family (parents or relative) as soon as safe. If this objective is not accomplished within one year, alternate plans may be necessary to either free them for adoption or prepare them to live independently after foster care.
Provide families with children who are at risk of foster care placement. The goal is to support, strengthen, and preserve the family unit, to reduce the risk of maltreatment and insure the safety of the child.
- Legally freeing children through the court system for adopting
- Preparing (training) adoptive families
- Placing adoptive children in permanent (forever) homes
- Supervising and supporting the families until finalization in court