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Child Well-Being Program

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Traditional services for youth in foster care or juvenile justice is called “child welfare,” which focuses on providing children and youth with a home that is safe and permanent. A shift in the child welfare system has added well-being to safety and permanency in order to address the child’s wellness as a whole.

The Child Well-Being Program at SCDD envisions a society where each unique young person can use his or her strengths to be safe and successful, while receiving assistance with areas of need. The Child Well-Being Program provides services and technical assistance to foster care families, educational programs, agencies, and state organizations serving youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in foster care or other out-of-home placements.

The program offers

  • Person-centered planning for youth with IDD in foster care.
  • Disability awareness, training, and intervention at the organizational level.
  • System navigation through core state agencies serving children in foster care including OCFS, OPWDD, and OMH.
  • Partnering with university, community, and government groups to improve intervention and prevention practices for youth in child welfare with IDD and autism.

Training and Technical Assistance

Our program offers a variety of training and technical assistance activities. Visit the Training and Technical Assistance page to learn more.

Child Well-Being Program (Flyer)

Child Well-Being Group

The program also has a group made up of foster parents and service providers who meet to share best practices and local resources. Learn more about the group and review our past meeting notes and presentations.


Person Centered Planning in the Foster Care System


General Information

  • Glossary of Disability Terminology
    Lists common terms used in disability services in New York State. See the addendum for links and additional information about many of the terms listed in the glossary.
  • Guide to Special Education
    This guide has been developed by The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, NY, to provide an overview of the special education process. It discusses the definition of special education, the rights of students after being classified, and the process a school district must follow to identify and classify students. It also outlines the rights of parents, and how disputes are handled.
  • Institute for Innovative Transition
    The Institute for Innovative Transition works to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and their families as they transition from school age to adulthood. The institute provides support to community members in the Finger Lakes Region to effectively address transition issues for individuals with developmental disabilities, ages 12 and older. Community members include young adults with developmental disabilities, family members, local education institutions, and agencies who provide service to individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Know Your Rights Toolkit for Parents
    This toolkit provides a summary of disability laws that protect families' rights and includes information on topics like adoption, custody, visitation, family law, and the child welfare system.
    Would you like to get a job and build a life of your own? is your place to start. It connects you to people and resources that can help you find and keep a job, step by step.
  • NYS Education Department List of School Districts by County
    Select a county to view all school districts.
  • NYS Multiple Systems Navigator Website
    Access helpful health, education, and human service systems information on one user-friendly website.
  • Parent to Parent of New York State
    Offers free webinars to parents, caregivers, and professionals.
  • Permanency Pact from Foster Club
    A free tool designed to encourage life-long, kin-like, connections between a young person from foster care and a supportive adult.
  • Person-Centered Thinking and Planning in Foster Care Training: To Dos and Takeaways
    Companion document to the online training modules for Person-Centered Thinking and Planning in Foster Care.
  • Person-Centered Thinking and Planning Tip Sheets for Foster Care in New York
    These quick references will help caseworkers, foster parents, and others learn about person-centered thinking and planning. Use these tip sheets and their resources to get the information you need to help young people more successfully transition to adulthood!
  • System Comparisons of NY Regions by County
    Use this tool to identify the region of OCFS, OPWDD, OASES, Education (RSE-TASC), and ACCES-VR your county is located in.
  • Transition Toolkit from Foster Club
    A youth-involved comprehensive way to develop a transition plan for foster youth aging out of care. The toolkit includes planning worksheets, record keeping, detailed maps, and resources.
  • Using Person-Centered Thinking in Foster Care Quick Reference Sheet
    Includes links and recommendations for working on foundation or preparation skills for person-centered work including understanding self-determination, knowing your rights, finding interests, and setting goals.
  • What Helps What Harms - Youth Move National's Policy Document
    A youth-driven resource for positive change; what works and what does not work within youth-serving systems.

One Page Profiles

These can be a useful snapshot of the person’s strengths and preferences that is included in the person’s information. It is recommended that this information be the first thing new people see when they read the person’s file, thus putting strengths first.


These can be helpful in discovering the person’s preferences, connections and strengths. All of the following resources are free and available on the Internet.