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Youth Services Frequently Asked Questions

Child Advocate  

Q.  I'm having problems with my child's school/school district. Where can I get help in dealing with them?

The Dutchess County Division of Youth Services provides advocacy services. For more info contact:

Supportive Services  

Q.  My child is rebellious and refuses to go to school. Where can I get help?

Youth Services provides free, confidential short term supportive services for youth residing in Dutchess County from ages 4 up to 21 years.  For more info contact: 

Youth Organizations, Program and Jobs  

Q.  Where can I find free recreational after school programs for my child?

Your local town or city recreation department can give you information on available after school programs.

Q.  How do I get information on the DC Youth Council?

Information about the Youth Council is available online.

Youth Statistics  

Q.  Where can I find statistics on such things as the number of youth in Dutchess County, the number of school age children in Dutchess County, and the number of children by school district/municipality?

See the Health and Well-being of Children, Families and Adults in Dutchess County Select Data Indicators (.pdf).

Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Funding  

Q.  Where can I get claim forms for OCFS (Office of Children and Family Services) funding?

Claim forms can be e-mailed, or hard copies can be obtained from the Division of Youth Services.

For more info contact:

Q.  When and with whom do I file the OCFS (Office of Children and Family Services) claim forms for reimbursement?

All quarterly claims must be sent to the Division of Youth Services, 60 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

Q.  What do I need to send to Youth Services with my OCFS (Office of Children and Family Services) claim forms?

We require backup documentation for expenses claimed (i.e. payroll registers, copies of bills, receipts and copies of checks.)

For more info contact:

Q.  How do I amend my OCFS (Office of Children and Family Services) budget?

Submit your request in writing to the Division of Youth Services and a budget amendment will be prepared as long as it meets with approval and before the deadline.

Q.  What must I do if I have a personnel change during the year?

Notify the Division of Youth Services in writing of the new employee, their position, and their start date.  Also include a copy of their resume.

Q.  Where can I get OCFS (Office of Children and Family Services) fiscal policies and procedures?

View or download NYS OCFS Fiscal Policies and Procedures Local Assistance Programs (.pdf)

Q.  How do I apply for funding from the New York State Office of Children & Family Services (OCFS)?

Send an email request to