Who We Are
The Center for Family Support (CFS) is a New York and New Jersey based human services agency that provides personalized support to individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the families that care for them. We help participants live their best lives by offering person-centered support services and programs that empower them to grow, learn and thrive in the community.
Supports and Services
We help participants live their best lives by offering personalized support services and programs that empower them to grow, learn and thrive in the community.
Advocacy is a necessary life skill every person with disabilities should learn. We encourage those we support to participate in our calendar of programs and get involved in self- and political-advocacy.
Your generous support helps us fulfill our mission and strengthens our ability to deliver person-centered care, special services, and programs to those we server.
Join Our Team
We’re looking for people who are passionate about helping others. Join our team of dedicated professionals working hard to make a difference in people’s lives.
Meet Elisanta: CFS Advocate of the Year
Elisanta is a fiercely independent individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who has accomplished so much in her life, and who is determined to keep on achieving! Nothing feels…
CFS Advocates Lobby in Albany
Advocacy as a practice has evolved and moved beyond virtuous acts of kindness to become a structured effort to provide a voice and support to those in need. While organizations…
CFS Participants Dance at Keoni Movement Arts
Individuals participating in CFS programs recently had the opportunity to work with the Keoni Movement Arts’ Creative Learning Grant to learn new ways to express themselves artistically through dance over…
Upcoming Advocacy Opportunities
With both the New York and New Jersey budgets to be finalized in the coming weeks, we’re counting on our CFS community to step up and show their support for…
CFS Celebrates Black History Month in 2023
The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” Black History Month provides a unique opportunity for all of us…
Oscar Advocates For Supported Decision Making
Sometimes, all it takes is a single individual to inspire an entire community. This is the kind of person that brings people together to achieve a positive, enduring outcome. In…
Benjy’s Curious Mind on Film
The Center for Family Support has been working with Benjamin and his family in our Self-Directed Services program since 2014. “The skills and compassion of the CFS staff are unparalleled,”…
The Healing Magic of Music
Who doesn’t love music? But what about the power of making music…together? CFS’ The Magic of Music program is convening in person for six special weeks to jam together and…
The Center for Family Support Obtains CQL Accreditation!
For the third time, the Center for Family Support has been accredited as an organization with Person-Centered Excellence by the Council on Quality and Leadership, a leader in working with…
Jack Turns 40! The Best Birthday… Yet!
Jack recently turned 40 – a big event for all of us. He’s one of our advocates living at Cary Avenue, one of CFS’ Residences in Staten Island. Tamara is…
Congratulations to Filmmaker Oscar Segal!
Throughout the year, Oscar was able to apply to many film festivals with his short film, The Oscar Show. The Oscar Show is based on a YouTube show that Oscar…
CFS Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month
At the Center for Family Support, we’re honored to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with our staff and participants! We are lucky to have so many cultures represented at CFS….
Leading the Way: CFS Walking Club Tours with Kevin
In the summer of 2021, more than a year into COVID, everyone in New York was ready to get out of their houses and explore their communities again. It was…
Working With Instead of for Advocates: Debra Powers’ Journey
Debra Powers is an Innovative Planning Specialist in CFS’ Innovation and Advocacy Department. Here is her journey of how her approach to her work changed – in her own words….
A few years ago, Veronica and her 21-year-old daughter, Jackie, were living in a small, crowded apartment in a neighborhood in the Bronx. That’s when the Center for Family Support…
Self Directed Services (SDS) Resources
Visit our SDS resources page to access all the resources you need to manage your staff and finances.
Contact Us for Support
If you have questions and/or are looking for support, please contact us using the inquiry form. To apply to a specific program or residence, please use the referral form.