Contributions to the Annual Fund are un-restricted and allow Family & Children’s Service to respond to the current and on-going needs of those we serve.
This funding stream addresses the the growing and pressing need to provide the highest quality and most comprehensive mental health and psychiatric services to our community’s children, particularly those most at-risk. This funding stream ensures that children receive the full range of care they need to thrive, including additional consultations with significant adults in their lives that may not be covered by insurance companies.
Youth Services at F&CS include two Therapeutic Mentoring programs: the Dispositional Alternatives Program (DAP) and the Rural Outreach Program (ROP). While eligibility requirements and staffing vary between the programs, full time caseworkers and human services undergraduate and graduate interns work together to provide therapeutic family mentoring activities, recreation and social skill development, case management, and advocacy for youth and their families in Tompkins County.
This fund supports a sliding fee scale for all of our services for older adults. Shayle Searle established the Helen Searle Fund in 1996 in memory of his wife, Helen, a former board president and long-time supporter of Family & Children’s Service.
Established in 2004, this fund allows children who are experiencing significant mental health challenges to receive child psychiatry services. These services include psychiatric evaluations and medication management by a professional Child Psychiatrist at Family & Children’s Service. Jim and Ceil Spero, who helped to establish this fund in 2004, believe passionately in providing quality psychiatric care for families who need it most.
Memorials & Honorariums
Family & Children’s Service welcomes gifts made in honor and/or in memory of an individual. Gifts designated in this fashion will be recognized in our annual report as well as acknowledged to the individual or their family in whose name the gifts have been made.