Education Groups and Counseling for Parents and Relatives Raising Children

VCS Number: (845) 634-5729

Kinship Support Program

Serving grandparent and relative caregivers who are raising children in the absence of their parents.

Parenting Education for Women

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic physical sessions are closed until advised otherwise by the County. Sessions are happening remotely. Please check back for updates.

VCS offers parenting education for women in English and Spanish. The sessions are for any woman raising a child. VCS follows a 12-session curriculum covering core parenting topics such as child development and effective discipline. For more information, contact the staff listed below.

 

Darla Salmon, MFT  x307
Services Specialist

Parenting Education for Men

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic physical sessions are closed until advised otherwise by the County. Sessions are happening remotely. Please check back for updates.

VCS offers parenting education sessions for men in English and Spanish. The sessions are for any man raising a child. VCS follows a 12-session curriculum covering core parenting topics such as child development and effective discipline. For more information, contact the staff listed below.

 

Darla Salmon, MFT  x307
Services Specialist

The VCS Parenting Apart Program

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic physical groups are closed until advised otherwise by the County. Classes are happening remotely. Please check back for updates.

This program is useful for all separating parents, whether they have been married or not. Separation and divorce are stressful experiences for all involved, especially for children. This 16 hour educational program focuses on the needs of children during such times.

The VCS Parenting Apart Program is two parts:

A four-hour NY State certified introductory seminar followed by 12 individual sessions.

Topics include:

  • The separation/divorce process
  • What parents can do to help their children adjust
  • How children react
  • Tools for parenting apart
  • Tips on common parent pitfalls
  • Skills for listening to children

​The class runs six times per year. Please call to register.

Darla Salmon, MFT  x307
Services Specialist

Relatives as Parents Program / RAPP (Groups in English & Spanish)

Groups for Spanish speakers have resumed in-person meetings. Groups in English are still happening remotely. Please check back for updates.

The Relatives as Parents Program is an open support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren or any other person raising the child of a relative. The group is a place to share the challenges and experiences amongst your peers. The group is free to attend and runs on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 12:00-1:00pm via Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84142741621 Meeting ID: 841 4274 1621. The group for Spanish speakers runs on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 1:30-2:30pm in person at Westcop (17 West Board Street, West Haverstraw). For more information contact the staff member listed below.

 

Azu Nieves, LMSW  x329
Director, Counseling & Family Services and PUENTES

Parent/Child Relationship Counseling

Counseling is available for parents and their children to work individually on their relationship. Sessions are 50 minutes long and held once a week with a VCS counselor. All counseling sessions are confidential. Daytime and evening sessions are available. Weekly fees are charged on a sliding scale based on income. For questions, or to book an intake please contact the staff member listed below.

Darla Salmon, MFT  x307
Services Specialist

Counseling for Individuals

Counseling and Support for Students & their Families

Education Groups and Counseling for Parents & Relatives Raising Children

Support Groups

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Services for Older Adults & their Families

Domestic Violence Program for Men

Social Justice Programs

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