Parenting After Separation or Divorce
Military Father and Son

In-home Support Programs

Department of Social Services, Child Protective Services referral

a. Parents who have an open CPS case are referred to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County for individualized parenting education in the home.

b. Education can be parenting education or life skills education and is determined by the CPS case worker at the time of referral.

c. Parenting education covers topics such as parenting styles, discipline, rules/consequences, routines, stress management, child development, communication, and any other topic as needed per individual family.

d. Life skills education covers topics such as budgeting, nutrition, home safety, home sanitation, hygiene, and any other topic as needed per individual family.

e. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County educators work with families for a minimum of six visits, but can meet with the families beyond six visits until the case worker and the educator no longer feel education is necessary for the family.

Healthy Families Jefferson County

a. The Healthy Families New York home visiting program matches parents with knowledgeable and caring workers who provide information and support during pregnancy and early childhood. Services include helping families access community resources and services, educating families on parenting and child development, connecting families with medical providers, and assessing children for developmental delays.

b. The Healthy Families Program offers home-based services to support expectant families and new parents with the changes and needs that often come with the birth of a new child. Services are voluntary and provided at no cost.

c. Anyone can make a referral to Healthy Families; you can even refer yourself! We strive to talk with all expectant parents and parents of newborns in the communities we serve. Our goal is to identify strengths and challenges prenatally or at birth and provide appropriate information and referrals to help babies get off to a healthy start. Complete the survey to get started. 

For more information visit North Country Prenatal Perinatal Council's website or contact Amanda Root at 


Amanda Root
Director of Operations/ Nutrition, Parenting, Taste NY & Fort Drum Issue Leader
(315) 788-8450 ext. 273

Last updated January 6, 2021