The NYC Administration for Children Services (ACS) promotes the safety and well-being of children and families. They provide free preventive services for mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence. They aim to provide local, community-based support through provider organizations to meet the unique needs of every family.
Where can I go for help?
ACS Connect Me
ACS Connect Me is a website that connects families to local community resources. You can search by category, zip code, age range, and language. Categories include things like parenting support, mental health, education, public assistance, and more.
The ACS Prevention Public Directory
Visit the ACS Prevention Provider Directory to find a prevention services provider. You can filter by borough, NYC community district, or zip code.
A Family Enrichment Center
Family Enrichment Centers (FEC) are family-focused centers that provide community-designed prevention support in a warm, inviting space. Visitors can connect with neighbors and learn about resources in their local community.
Call 311 and Ask About Prevention Services in Your Community
ACS can help you find local family support in every NYC neighborhood. ACS preventive services are voluntary and available to your family whether or not you have an open ACS case. Using ACS services is not the same as having an open investigation with Child Protective Services (CPS).
What services do they offer?
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Help for at-risk youth
Family Assessment Program
Family Services | NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)
Families can get help with everyday problems, such as children skipping school or substance use, through the Family Assessment Program (FAP). FAP helps families deal with situations without involving the courts.
Homes for adults who cannot live alone
Family Type Homes for Adults
Housing | NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS); NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA)
Family-Type Home for Adults (FTHA) are state licensed, adult care facilities that offer a comfortable, home-like atmosphere to residents. Residents are dependent adults who require support services, but do not need skilled medical or nursing services.
Resources & support for families and children
Growing Up NYC
Family Services | New York City Children’s Cabinet
Growing Up NYC (https://growingupnyc.cityofnewyork.us/) is the City’s resource hub for families. Learn about and access City programs and services for your children. You can also find activities available through government agencies and community partners.
Safe sleep education and cribs for babies
Safe Sleep Initiative
Family Services | NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH); NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)
Sleeping the wrong way can be dangerous for babies. Get information on the safest way for your baby to sleep from the Safe Sleep Initiative. Low-income families may also be eligible to get a free crib.
Vouchers that help cover the cost of child care for children 6 weeks to 13 years old
Child Care Vouchers
Child Care | NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)
Child care vouchers help cover the cost of child care for children 6 weeks to 13 years old. Children with disabilities up to 19 years old are also covered. Hundreds of home-based and center-based providers across NYC accept child care vouchers and offer child care services in safe and positive learning environments.