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Programs for Children and Teens

Do you know a child that’s currently in foster care or at risk of placement? Do you wish you had someone neutral involved to provide an outside perspective with the kid’s best interests at heart? An objective point of view?

When your case is assigned a CASA worker, you get a trained volunteer advocate who works to observe and understand the child’s situation. This person provides Family Court judges with impartial information about the circumstances of the children involved.

Are you caring for someone under 21 with chronic and serious mental health conditions, including functional impairment? Are you struggling to juggle all the different providers, physicians, and support providers?

If you qualify for Medicaid, we can help you get a single Care Manager. This single Care Manager can help you make appointments and coordinate health and community health agencies to keep your child healthy and safe as simply as possible.

Do you suffer from a psychiatric disability and have school-aged children? Do you need help creating a stable life for you and your kids?

In Emerge, you’ll get some one-on-one time to share your story and your challenges. Then, we’ll help you choose a mix of individual and group activities to help you make connections and get the support you need!

Are you parent or caregiver to a child with emotional, social, or mental health challenges? Are you going through a particularly rough challenge and need some extra support?

Our Family Peer Advocate is here to listen to your story and work with you one-on-one to find a solution. Whether it’s finding you the appropriate resources or going to court, social services, or a hospital on your behalf, we’re here to help you get through this!

Is someone in your family under 21 and in jail? Do you wish you could connect with other people who understand what you’re going through?

This support group is peer-led and judgment-free, helping you understand and make the most of the difficult situation you’re in. Break the stigma and stop feeling so alone!

Do you have a group or class of kids aged 4-12 who could benefit from learning about mental health, breaking down stigma, and connecting to relevant social issues? Do you wish there was a fun and engaging way to teach them?

Kids on the Block brings life-sized puppets to you to enchant kids and teach them healthy life skills, awareness, and mutual understanding.

Are you the parent or caregiver for a child with a Serious Emotional Disorder (SED) between the ages of 4 and 18? Do you ever feel burnt out or wish you could have a bit of a break to focus on your own life?

Our Respite program allows you as parent or caregiver to take some time for yourself. You get the opportunity to focus on self-care (or errands, or whatever!) while your child goes out with a trained respite worker for fun and educational activities.

Are you attending (or about to attend) Dutchess Community College? Are you struggling with a psychiatric disability or an addiction disorder? Could you use a little extra support on campus?

Our Supported Education Program will allow you to make the most of your college experience by helping you get adjusted and connect to useful services. Achieve your educational goals, build strong relationships, find meaningful work, and stay happy and healthy throughout!

Are you (or someone you know) between 18 and 25 and struggling to adjust to adulthood? Is your teen currently in the Teen Challenge[LINK] program and looking for the next step?

The Young Adult Transition Program helps you understand what you need to grow up and make a plan to get there. You get a blend of life skills training, socialization, planning for the future, and fun!