Preventive Services Kinship

The Preventive Services Kinship program serves Erie County families involved with the child welfare system by placing children under the care of relatives.

Our staff conduct home visits to observe family interactions and provide referrals, as well as offer counseling and support for caregivers and biological parents in attaining child permanency, including filing for benefits and petitions in family court.  

In addition, staff are specially trained to work with families where children have been removed out of the natural home and placed in kinship care. All families must be referred through the Erie County Department of Social Services.

Additional Resources for Families

Erie County Department of Social Services
478 Main St.
Hens & Kelly Building
Buffalo, New York 14202
(716) 858-8000

Neighborhood Legal Services
Grandparent Advocacy Program
237 Main Street, 4th Floor
Buffalo, New York 14203
(716) 847-0650

NYS Kinship Navigator
Tel: 1-877-454-6463

Tel: 1-888-687-2277

Central Referral
Tel: 716-851-5555