- Departments M-Z
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- Adult & Family Programs
Adult & Family Programs
New Grants Support Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment in Cortland and Madison Counties. The Madison County Department of Social Services protects children, adults and families by enforcing the mandates of New York State Social Services Law. Madison County needs foster parents!
The Adoptions unit is responsible for the planning and implementation of adoption placements. The children served in this program come from the Foster Care/Preventive unit. The case is transferred to the Adoptions unit once their birth parents’ rights have been legally terminated.
Adult Protective Services
Adult Protective Services (APS) covers individuals 18 years of age or older who, due to mental or physical impairments, are unable to meet their own essential needs for food, shelter, clothing, or medical care and have no one available who is willing and able to assist them responsibly.
Child Protection & Family Assessment Response
Child Protective Services is the only government entity that is required to investigate child abuse and maltreatment reports within families to protect children (under 18 years old) from further abuse or maltreatment and to provide rehabilitative services to children, parents, and other family members involved.
D.A.D.S of Madison County
Foster Care & Adoption
Foster Care is the temporary service provided to ensure the safety and well being of children and youth while in out-of-home care.
The Independent Living unit provides services to all teens in foster care from the age of 14 years to 21. This is accomplished through intensive casework and participation in group activities.
Parenting Skills Classes
Parenting skills classes are offered by Madison County Department of Social Services twice a year. These classes are held in March and September and consist of 12-week sessions.
Persons in Need of Supervision
PINS (Person in Need of Supervision) Diversion is a short-term and voluntary program. A youth may qualify if he/she is exhibiting one or all of the following: truancy, drug and alcohol use, or incorrigible and ungovernable behaviors.
Preventive services are designed to strengthen the family’s ability to function more effectively and independently in order to prevent family breakup and to reunite as soon as possible if a breakup is necessary.
School Services Coordinator
This program is a single point of contact for children and their families facing difficulties in and out of school. The program provides information, referrals, and coordination of county and school services.