ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) recently announced the launch of eight family opportunity centers (FOCs) across New York State. The centers are aimed at improving the safety and well-being of children and families by addressing issues of poverty, education barriers, substance use disorders and lack of adequate physical and mental health care.
“We know that when families do better, children do better,” OCFS Acting Commissioner Suzanne Miles-Gustave said in a news release. “FOCs offer a welcoming, child- and family-centered program that provide a broad range of supportive services. By offering community-based, culturally responsive resources, we are giving families the tools necessary to stay together and thrive.”