In the News

January 1, 2019
Burnout, Low Pay Take Their Toll on New York's Human Services Agencies - Times Union (Albany)

August 26, 2018
Local Couple Finalize Adoption of Three Sons - The Leader Herald (Gloversville)

July 18, 2018
Northern Rivers 60 foot putt at Saratoga National - NewsChannel13

July 13, 2018
Work Toward Goal to Reunify the Families - Times Union

June 20, 2018
Districts Bringing Mental Health Clinics into Schools - Daily Gazette

June 17, 2018
Another Voice: New Federal Law Aims to Increase Family-Based Care - The Buffalo News

June 6, 2018
Family First Renews Focus for Children in Foster Care - Times Union

May 23, 2018
A Place for Families in Crisis - Times Union

May 22, 2018
More Foster Parents Needed, Official Says - Saratogian
Northern Rivers Seeks Foster Parents - Glens Falls Business Journal

April 22, 2018
What Could Have Saved Abraham's Life? - Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester)

April 20, 2018
Special Act Teachers Deserve Salary Equality - Times Union
State Has Prioritized Children's Mental Health - Watertown Daily Times

February 18, 2018
Direct Care Workers Need Salary Adjustments - Press & Sun Bulletin (Binghamton)

January 24, 2018
In Your Opinion: State Needs to Pay More to Direct Care Workers - The Daily Star (Oneonta, N.Y.)

January 19, 2018
Downtown Schenectady Building to Return to Tax Roll - Times Union

January 9, 2018:
State Must Adjust Direct Care Workers' Salary - Watertown Daily Times

November 30, 2017
Northern Rivers Attempts to Collect 6,000 Gifts - Spectrum News Capital Region

November 29, 2017
Giving Tuesday Boosts Nonprofits - Daily Gazette

November 2, 2017
Campaign Addresses Need for Foster Homes Upstate - Recorder (Amsterdam, N.Y.)

November 1, 2017
Group Aims to Encourage Foster Parenting - The Daily Star (Oneonta, N.Y.)

September 12, 2017
Cohoes School District Opens Northern Rivers Behavioral Health Center - Spectrum News Capital Region
Cohoes to add Behavioral Health Center at Middle School - Record (Troy, N.Y.)



Personal Releases


At Northern Rivers, we stand behind our clients and our workforce. We work with individuals and families who face poverty, abuse, neglect, substance abuse, and behavioral health issues. These are some of society’s most vulnerable citizens, and we need the proper support in order to answer society’s call. We advocate for fully funded contracts, investment in infrastructure, and the resources to fund, train, and keep the quality employees our clients deserve. Click below for examples of our recent efforts.

Testimony - NYS Executive Budget Proposals for Mental Health 2019 02-07 - Gettman

Testimony - NYS Executive Budget Proposals for Human Services 2019 01-24 - Gettman

Testimony - NYS Executive Budget Proposals for Mental Health 2018 02-13 - Gettman

Testimony - NYS Executive Budget Proposals for Human Services 2018 02-06 - Gettman

Testimony - Foster Parents and Caregivers 2017 12-14 - Gettman

White Paper - Improvement Strategies for Residential Care - May 2017  - Gettman

Testimony - Mental Hygiene 2017-2018 - Gettman

Testimony - Human Services 2017-2018 - Gettman



Media inquiries

Please direct all media inquiries to Eugene White at Northern Rivers Family of Services.

Cell: 518.701.4927

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Staff Appointments




Upcoming Events

Sharing our Impact Event
When: Wednesday, October 16
Where: Hearst Media Center, 645 Albany-Shaker Rd., Albany

Trivia Challenge
When: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Where: Brown's Revolution Hall, Troy, NY

Champions for Children of the Capital Region
When: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Where: Renaissance Hotel, Albany, NY

Golf Tournament and Summer Celebration
More details coming soon!

For more information, please contact Development at 518.579.3516 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Thank you to the more than 1,000 corporate, community, and in-kind donors who made a difference in the lives of our children, adults, and families from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Community Partners
In-Kind Donors
Monetary Donors
Tribute Gifts

Donor Spotlight Logo Draft

 bea g editedLaced Up

 Our #TakeAStep for #mentalhealth awareness campaign in May was a huge success! All throughout the region, people rocked their green shoelaces to show that it’s okay to check in with each other about mental health. The campaign took off, and we’re grateful to all of the incredible businesses, schools, and community organizations that helped spread the word. 

Let’s keep the conversation going. Mental health awareness doesn't have to end June 1. If your business runs employee health awareness campaigns, or your school would like materials to help promote mental health awareness, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See some photos of the support that we had in our Facebook album

Thank you to our May 2019 partners, including: 


Hudson Valley Community College
Pioneer Bank
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Vent Fitness

Austin & Co.
BBL Constructions Services
Crossfit Beyond
Farnsworth Middle School - Sources of Strength
Guilderland High School - Sources of Strength
Jet Blue
Martin, Harding & Mazzotti
McGovern Family and Friends
Next Level Detailing softball team
Siena College Men's Basketball
University at Albany Weekend MBA Program
Unlimited Potential, Inc.
Wells Fargo


Holiday Giving
University at Albany



Berkshire Bank and Key Bank

Dave Thomas Foundation

GE, Asian Pacific American Forum (APAF)

The Northeastern Subcontractors Association (NESCA)
Barclay Damon

Berkshire Bank
Mattress Firm
CAP COM Federal Credit Union
Pioneer Bank

American Clothing

General Electric
Thrivent Financial
Straight from the Heart



Limited English Proficiency (LEP) of Language Assistance Services
Northern Rivers will provide language assistance services, free of charge, when necessary to provide meaningful access to whose primary language is not English. Contact Quality Management at 518.426.2600.
Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística.  Llame Quality Management at 518.426.2600.
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