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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
Telephone:  (845) 486-2000
, FAX: (845) 486-2021,

January 17, 2001

County Executive Targets $100,800 for Dover Project...


Poughkeepsie ... Dutchess County Executive, William R. Steinhaus, has signed a contract with the Dutchess County Community Action Agency, Inc. for $100,800 for the agency's "Dover Project ". Steinhaus said, "This is a preventive service to protect the children of the Harlem Valley who reside in homes where they are at risk to be placed in foster care outside the home, outside the family. Under this project, children from unborn through 18 years of age may be considered at risk. The primary target area is the Dover School District, and the goal is to keep these children in their own homes by developing a safe family unit through education, assistance and training."

To achieve that goal, the County Executive has authorized a contract between the Dutchess County Department of Social Services and the Community Action Agency. Their office in Dover is a convenient location for Social Services clients that reside in eastern Dutchess County. Family development services provided by the Agency under this agreement include parenting training, housekeeping instruction, financial management services, mental health, substance abuse and family counseling, providing or arranging for medical treatment and transportation assistance. Services will, in most cases, be provided for a maximum of six months. The County Executive noted that the "Dover Project" is an excellent example of the Department of Social Services' ability to work with families through community organizations to prevent home disruption, serve as many clients as possible and protect our children.

Residents of the Harlem Valley that may be eligible for the "Dover Project" may contact the Community Action Agency, Inc. at (845) 877-9272 or the Dutchess County Social Services Department at (845) 4863000.


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