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Family Circle of Support (previously Council on Adoptable Children - AIDS Orphans Program)

Who We Are

The Family Circle of Support Program provides permanency planning to those families affected and infected by HIV/AIDS. We work with the entire family including children under the age of 18. We provide supportive Individual and Family Counseling, case management, referrals, and legal services which include: standby guardianship, legal guardianship, adoption, housing, benefits and entitlements assistance.

Who We Serve

  • Bronx County
  • Kings (Brooklyn) County
  • New York (Manhattan) County
  • Queens County
  • Richmond (Staten Island) County
Language(s) Spoken
  • French / Français
  • Haitian Creole / Kreyòl Ayisyen
  • Spanish / Español
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Eligibility Restrictions

For help, you must be: HIV positive;

This program does not serve: a prisoner; a community group

Type of Help

This group provides the following types of services based on your legal needs and its resources:
  • Full Legal Representation
  • Brief Advice
  • Self-Help Materials
Emergency Instructions

What is an Emergency? Hospitalization of client.

Attorney and family care worker will visit client in hospital for intake and will expedite custody planning for children as necessary.

How to Get Help

You can contact this organization by:

Appointment +

589 8th Avenue, 14th Floor (map)
Manhattan, NY 10018
Phone Number

Bring proof of HIV status, birth certificates of children, death certificate of other parent, any court orders relating to the children.


Call Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to schedule an appointment

The Family Circle of Support offers assistance to AIDS-affected parents so they can plan for the future care and custody of their children and avoid placement into the foster care system. The program features a specialized social and legal services team who work with parents terminally ill with AIDS to help them create a permanency plan for thir children, including the recruitment of prospective adoptive parents, guardians or custodians for those orphans whose kin are unable to raise them. Can also conduct intake in client's home or hospital as needed. Intake also conducted by phone at 212-475-0222. Intake also conducted by mail - address the letter to Joann Buttaro. Referrals are also accepted from social services and multi services agencies by fax at 212-714-2838.

General Contact Information

Family Circle of Support (previously Council on Adoptable Children - AIDS Orphans Program)
589 8th Avenue (map)
14th Floor
Manhattan, NY 10018
(212) 475-0222
(212) 714-2838
Last Review and Update: Feb 26, 2018

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