Children’s Mental Health Programs

Family Connections

Program Goals:  The purpose of this program is to provide formal and informal services to support and empower families, with emphasis on family participation in service planning. The goal of Family Connections (FC) is to reduce family stress and enhance each family’s ability to care for their children and to promote permanency.

About the Service: FC is a home based service to help increase family knowledge about their children’s mental health diagnoses, and related behavior as well as figuring out how to manage problems and solutions. FC can help decrease parent and family stress, increase natural and professional support for families as needed and increase family communication/problem solving techniques. It is important to help families increase their skills and abilities to problem solve and work through mental health related issues in the home.

∗Mentoring is available through the Family Connections program for children in the home ages 8-13. A FC case manager will do the referral after opening and assessing the need.

Eligibility: Families with a child who has a serious emotional disturbance ( must have a mental health diagnosis) and living in Oswego County.

Contact Information: Gail Cooper (

Catholic Charities of Oswego County

365 W. 1st Street S

Fulton NY 13069

315-598-3980 ext.228


All referrals come through the Oswego County Children’s SPOA. The referrals are screened for appropriateness and then assigned to the appropriate provider. If a provider has a full caseload the referral is put on a waitlist until there is an opening.