Children in Need of Support

KidsConnect Program

For children who have physical, medical, psychiatric, developmental and learning needs, we provide programs designed to offer recreational, educational, and social opportunities. The programs include:

KidsConnect Summer Camp
Families Connect
Medicaid Service Coordination

Most of these programs are offered at a very nominal fee.

KidsConnect Summer Camp

We hold a two week therapeutic day camp that offers children ages 5 and up, a variety of intellectually stimulating, challenging, and creative activities designed to strengthen social skills, create friendships, and build self-confidence. Staff includes special education teachers, a registered nurse, and trained adult aides who are able to provide support and assistance that enrich the camp experience. A teen leadership training component of KidsConnect, MIT (Mentors in Training) offers youth ages 13-21 opportunities for personal growth. The camp is in session at the end of the summer, when most other summer programs are not operating. Scholarships are available. For more information email children@jfsorange.org or call 845-341-1173, x305.

Families Connect

Families with children with special needs are invited for monthly trips, outings, and activities. These family activities provide social opportunities for the entire family to connect and participate in educational and recreational activities like snow tubing, farm visits, gymnastics and children’s theatre. For more information email children@jfsorange.org or call 845-341-1173, x305.

Medicaid Service Coordination

Jewish Family Service provides Medicaid Service Coordination for individuals of all ages with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Our Medicaid Service Coordinators (MSCs) help children and their families gain access to services and supports appropriate to their need. We help families and their children with the process of gaining eligibility through the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Medicaid Service Coordinators assist children with disabilities in becoming fully included within their communities and providing a strong voice when advocacy is needed. For more information email msc@jfsorange.org or call (845) 341-1173 x308.