- For Cash Assistance: : http://otda.ny.gov/programs/temporary-assistance/
- For Food Assistance: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/outreach/
- For Health Insurance: http://www.health.state.ny.us/health_care/medicaid/
- For Heating Assistance: https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/
Or for a potential assessment using your income and expenses, go to: http://www.mybenefits.ny.gov This website will look at your eligibility for Food Assistance, Heating Assistance, Child Care Assistance, Earned Income Tax Credit, School Lunch Program and WIC.
- Niagara Falls—301 – 10th Street, Niagara Falls (at the intersection of 10th and Falls streets) for cash, HEAP and SNAP.
- Lockport—20 East Avenue, Lockport (across the street from the Library) for cash, HEAP and Medicaid.
However, if you are already receiving HEAP, other factors may apply.
If the head of the household is over 60 or disabled and you have not received HEAP benefits this year, call the Office for the Aging at 716-438-4020.
If you have already received a Regular benefit for this HEAP season and now have an emergency, call 716-278-8400.
- If you are currently receiving Temporary Assistance call your TA worker
- If you are currently receiving SNAP (Food Stamps) and have not received a regular benefit call your SNAP worker. If you have received a regular benefit and now have an emergency, call 716-278-8400.
- If you do not receive TA or SNAP and the head of household is not over 60 or disabled, call 716-278-8400.
- Applications can also be electronically completed on the internet at:
The professions include anyone who works for a social services agency, social workers, anyone in law enforcement, physicians, nurse, surgeons, dentists, dental hygienists, chiropractors, licensed creative arts therapists, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, podiatrists, medical examiners, coroners, osteopaths, optometrists, residents, interns, physician’s assistants, psychologists, mental health professionals, substance abuse counselors, alcoholism counselors, district attorneys, school officials, Christian Science practitioners, hospital personnel, any employees or volunteers in a residential care program for youth, day care workers, emergency medical technicians, and many others. The list is updated occasionally so please check the OCFS website for the latest additions.
All children develop at their own rate, according to their needs and abilities. Parents need to recognize these factors before leaving them alone.
Some children are responsible and smart enough to be left alone at 12 years old. However, there are teenagers who are too irresponsible to be left alone for a minute. For a handy checklist of factors to consider, visit http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/prevention/faqs.asp#supervision.
Families must first choose an agency so they can get certified as an adoptive family. Choosing an agency is a very important step. Talk to different agencies and adoptive parents or parent support groups to learn how the agencies work with prospective adoptive parents. It is very difficult to change agencies once the adoption process has begun. For more information or qualifications, call:
New York State Adoption Service: 1-800-345-KIDS / (1-800-345-5437)
Much more information can be obtained by calling 278-8702 or 439-7860
Child support services are provided upon application to all other eligible individuals, including parents, guardians or caretakers of children who do not receive temporary or safety net assistance.
The Support Collection Unit also has numerous enforcement tools to force the absent parent to pay their support. These tools include driving license suspension, property execution, seizure of tax refunds, etc.
The support Collection Unit can assist you in the filing of a violation petition. The violation petition can ask the Court to incarcerate any person found willfully failing to pay support ordered by the Court.
Even if the absent parent is not in New York State, the Support Collection can assist you in obtaining a support order or enforcing an existing support order regardless where the absent parent resides. We can also assist you even though the absent parent is not in the United States.
Call to report non-payment and non-compliance 1-888-208-4485.
Your letter should be sent to the Commissioner’s office: P.O. Box 506 Lockport, New York 14095-0506. You will receive a written acknowledgment of receipt of your letter. Upon review, you will be contacted by the department pertaining to your inquiry.