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About Us


Kids Oneida has been the subject of national research projects, most specifically for our Wraparound initiative and unique blended funding sources.  Many of these reports speak to the effectiveness of Kids Oneida’s mission in Keeping Families together, in that it has been concluded that the majority of Kids Oneida clients are able and capable of remaining in the community with their families. 

Some Conclusions from Mt. Sinai’s Report:

  • In its first 3 years, Kids Oneida fulfilled its original vision of creating and effectively implementing a value-based integrated community-based system of care for children and families in Oneida County.

  • The primary goal of Kids Oneida was to delay, shorten or avoid out-of- home placements. A    majority of children served by Kids Oneida are able to remain in the community.

  • The trend of decreasing numbers of out-of-home placements for children in the custody of Oneida County DSS has been continuing since Kids Oneida began operation.

  • Kids Oneida has succeeded in developing a network of contract providers who offer a wide range of both traditional and new non-traditional or alternative services. This has resulted in an innovative system of community-based services in Oneida County.

  • Overall, children served by Kids Oneida have shown improvement in functioning over time.

  • Families have expressed high levels of satisfaction with Kids Oneida services and all shareholders are positive about the program.

  • Non-traditional services (i.e. mentoring and community supervision) were the most frequently used and accounted for most costs in Kids Oneida.

Some conclusions from Northwestern University/Buddin Praed Foundation's Report:

  • Kids Oneida appears to be an effective intensive community-based program.

  • The average child and family served by Kids Oneida gets better over time.  Children and adolescents have reduced symptoms, less frequent and less severe risk behaviors and improved functioning. Families have increased caregiver capacities.

  • Poorest outcomes (including out-of-home placement) are associated with children who have the highest levels of violence, fewest strengths and who live with caregivers who have the greatest needs themselves.

Sources: Evaluation Reports on Kids Oneida submitted by Mt. Sinai school of Medicine (Essock/Lang) and Northwestern University/Buddin Praed Foundation (Lyons)