Preventive Services

Family Services

Through Say Yes Buffalo’s partnership with the Erie County Department of Social Services, Child and Family Services, and the Buffalo Public Schools, Family Support Specialists are stationed within Buffalo schools to support families considered at-risk for child(ren) removal from the home due to significant safety concerns. 

To reduce this risk, our preventive services team works to:


Connect students and families to healthcare, mental health services, after school programs, and assistance with obtaining basic needs;


Help parents/caregivers navigate service linkages for families with court involvement;


Assist families with obtaining safe/secure housing;


Conduct home visits to meet with children and their families; and


Help families navigate school processes, including registration and parent-teacher conferences to reduce risk of educational neglect.

Find Out More

For more information about our School-based Preventive Program and Family Support Specialists contact Eric Maldonado at or 716-247-5310 x213.

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