Family & Children's Service of Ithaca

Family & Children's Service of Ithaca is dedicated to providing affordable, professional services that support children, families, and organizations in finding solutions to the challenges of life today.

Specialty programming includes the Zero to Five Project, Children’s Crisis Outreach Program, and the Grandparents Support Group.

The Zero to Five Project offers comprehensive services to families with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, including those considered to be at “high-risk” for developing social, emotional, or psychological problems. The project provides early intervention within the context of the parent-child relationship, thereby fostering a more positive outcome for both parent and child.

The Children’s Crisis Outreach Program offers crisis intervention and short-term, intensive counseling for children (K-12th grade) and their families. Crisis clinicians work briefly but intensively to stabilize mental health functioning in order to prevent hospitalization or removal of the child from home or school. Our crisis clinicians have the flexibility to see clients at home, school, or other mutually beneficial locations when necessary. 

Grandparents Support Group -Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca offers a supportive, educational support group for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The service is offered FREE of charge, child care provided if requested. Facilitated by a Family & Children’s Service therapist, the group addresses unique challenges, issues, and solutions for grandparents. The sessions do not require a mental health diagnosis for participation nor must participants be clients at the agency.

Fees for service are reimbursable through Medicaid, Medicare, and private health insurance. Thanks to our United Way support and private donations, we are able to base the personal fee for our services on a flexible scale according to household income.


Sunday, September 20, 2015   ♦   3:00 - 6:30 pm   ♦   Cayuga Heights Neighborhood

Join us for our signature gala event! This year, we will tour homes in the Cayuga Heights Neighborhood, experiencing delicious food and beverages from local restaurants, wineries and breweries! Each home will feature musicians and artists from around the region. The event will culminate with a reception and remarks from F&CS staff and friends, as well as the highly-anticipated raffle to win an All-Inclusive Trip for Two to Europe from Tauck World Discovery! Purchase your raffle tickets today!

Cayuga at Twilight is generously sponsored by Warren Real Estate. 

Grandparents Support Group
For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren 
Meets on the third or fourth Monday of each month
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Free Childcare Available Upon Request
Refreshments Served

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