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Mobile Resource Center

Mission:

The Mobile Resource Center’s overall mission is to reduce foster care placements through the provision of community outreach, consultation, and information and referral services.  Our mission will be accomplished by:   providing wellness resources to members of families, consulting with families, youth and children to address stresses and tensions of daily life, assisting families, youth (ages 8-21), kin, and certified foster care families to defuse conflict, plan for safety and resolve challenges and acting to successfully smooth the transition home and into the community for returning youth and children.

Funding Source: New York State Department of Children, Youth and Families
Eligibility:   

1). Families residing in Albany County with youth ages 8-21 who are residing with kin, and certified foster care families who are in need of assistance in defusing conflict.

2).  Families residing in Albany County with youth and children who are in need of wellness resources for members of their families

3).  Families residing in Albany County with youth and children who are in need of consultation to address stresses and tensions of daily life.

Referral Source: 

Albany County Department of Children, Youth and Families, Community Service providers, walk-in referrals

Referral Process: 

A).  Existing foster care and kinship families will be introduced to the Mobile Resource Team in advance.  Once an agreement is reached. The foster care/kinship family will be empowered to call upon the Team through the established phone contact system.

B).  ACDCYF, other Trinity Program staff and community provider agencies make a referral using the designated phone contact system.

C). Self-Referrals can refer by either walking into Trinity, visiting the Team during one of its’ stops in the community or by calling the designated phone contact system.

Program Site:  15 Trinity Pl., Albany, NY  12202
Hours:  TBD
Description of Program: 

The Mobile Resource Center provides support and resources to build strong families, youth and children.  The MRC provides outreach to the community, especially the underserved communities throughout Albany County by stationing the program RV in key neighborhoods to provide strengthening consultations, information and referral.  The MRC works to reduce foster care placements by working intensively with kinship families in which children and youth are placed to anticipate and strategize methods to avoid conflict and discord from escalating.

Expected Outcomes: 

The MRC’s outcome is to provide support and resources to families with the goal of building strong families, children and youth.  The MRC Team works together with the involved families in establishing solutions to these challenges.

Reporting Requirements: 

Quarterly Report due the Albany County Department of Children, Youth and Families and a Yearly Report due to the NYS Department of Children, Youth and Families

Staff: 

Team Leader, Family Peer Advocate, Service Navigator and a Domestic Violence Specialist

Contact: 

Elizabeth Heuffel, Team Leader

Program Partners: 

NYS Department of Children, Youth and Families, Albany County Department of Children, Youth and Families, Community Service Providers

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