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The children’s respite program is designed to assist emotionally troubled children and their families living in Franklin County for ages 5 up to age 18. The purpose of the program is to provide temporary supervised care for the children whose families are experiencing a crisis or current stressors that are overwhelming for the family. There are two types of children’s respite programs available: hourly respite and planned overnight respite.

Children’s hourly respite

Hourly respite providers pick up the child and take them out in the community to engage in various activities that may encourage socialization, one-on-one interaction, physical activity, intellectual stimulation and good old fashioned fun!

Children’s planned overnight respite

Planned respite providers welcome the child into their home which provides a safe, fun environment for the child to interact with other children and provides a break for the family and child.


STARS is a program designed for children to have an opportunity to socialize and play with other children. Every Wednesday, from 3-6pm, either at the Malone Rec Park or at the Hope Community Center in Brushton.

Referral Form

Click here to download the Children’s Respite referral form –  once completed please return, mail, or fax to:

Children’s Respite Care Coordinator Phone:518-651-2703 Fax:518-481-5289 Hours:Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Location:31 Sixth Street, Malone, NY 12953

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Adirondack Youth Lodge

The Adirondack Youth Lodge is a 24-hour, 8-bed Community Residence serving youth who have serious and persistent symptoms caused by a designated mental illness diagnosis.

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Prevention services

Youth counselors work closely with local school districts and community partners to raise awareness around substance abuse, addiction and mental health challenges confronting students.

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