More than a dozen organizations from around Warren County have come together to form a new coalition to help parents work through the challenges of parenting at a time when many need assistance more than ever.
The Warren County Y-ReCONNECTS Parent Ambassador Coalition began assisting families in recent weeks, working to channel parents to resources that can help them and their children overcome obstacles.
Overseen by the Warren County Probation Department and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County, the coalition takes referrals for assistance from anyone who knows a parent in need of help.
“There is a big need for these services, and they are available for anyone who needs them,” said Robert Iusi, Warren County probation director. “There is a lot of pressure on parents and children right now, and we hope these resources can help provide support that is needed to get over the barriers that parents and their children may encounter.”
In October of 2020, Warren County, through an organization known as the Warren County Community of Practice consortium that includes the Warren County Probation Department, became one of three counties awarded a three-year, $100,000 grant for a parenting assistance program through Cornell University and New York State Developmental Disabilities Council.
The Probation Department contracted with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County to oversee the program and coordinate services.