Program Overview

Kids Herkimer follows the Wraparound model of care and approach to help youth succeed in their home, school, and community while addressing family and social issues as well.

Since 2008, our program has grown substantially in size and programming, due to its great success in keeping families together. Kids Herkimer now houses five programs that could be easily replicable in counties throughout the United States with similar needs:

  • The Family Reunification Program: focuses on shortening the length of stay of out-of-home placement for identified “at-risk” youth in Herkimer County.
  • Return Home Early Program: Herkimer County children in residential placement care are assessed for their readiness and appropriateness to return home prior to their court-ordered expiration date.  
  • Intensive Preventive Program: designed to work with the highest intensity DSS families that have at least one child at risk of placement outside the home due to PINS/JD issues or neglect/abuse in the home.
  • Service Provision for Individual Needs (SPIN): referrals are made for single “a la carte” services to complement other preventive services already working with the family.
  • Early Intervention Diversion Program: developed in response to the need for decreased use of non-secure detention days in Herkimer County; a DDP coordinator advocates for those youth at risk for court ordered detention and possibly long term out-of-home placement.
Kids Herkimer


  • We provide services for youth from approximately 5 through 17 years old, and up to their 18th birthday.

  • All clients must live in Herkimer County and need to be referred by a Herkimer County DSS program representative, such as a Preventive or CPS Case Manager, PINS Supervisor or SIP worker.

Making A Referral

All referrals are made from within the Department of Social Services.  If your child is not currently involved with services within the Herkimer County DSS you can access services by contacting the Herkimer County DSS Administration for further discussion of eligibility.

  • 2012
    Herkimer County was chosen as 1 of 9 locations in the U.S. — and the smallest of them all — to receive recognition for the use of ICAN’s innovative Return Home Early program by the White House Council for Community Services.
  • 95%
    Success rate of keeping the child in the home with their family in the KH Intensive Preventive Program in 2020.
  • 288
    Face to Face contacts made by the KH Early Intervention Diversion Program to 14 enrolled individuals and family members in 2020.

Kids Herkimer Age Group

  • Children
Herkimer County

The Program office is located in the Herkimer County Department of Social Services building, 301 North Washington Street, Herkimer, NY 13350.

Why Consider Kids Herkimer

Our Team Approach

We embrace the Wraparound model for all of our care, services and programs. Our staff works collaboratively to develop and implement customized treatment plans for the individuals and families in our programs, and each team member contributes to our clients’ successes.

Empowerment & Support

At ICAN, we strive to empower and support individuals and families facing life challenges, by providing them with the tools to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. We assist them with succeeding in any goal they may have set, whether it be recovering from addiction, finding success in the classroom, creating a healthy home for their family as they anticipate the birth of a child, or seeking support and community resources, all while keeping families together as they process through their traumas.

Access To Resources

We connect individuals and families with critical community resources, such as access to physical and mental health providers, employment opportunities, housing options, peer support groups, and Wraparound services. We understand that access to some of these services can be difficult to attain during certain life challenges, and we are here to help individuals and families overcome this obstacle.

What People Have To Say About Kids Herkimer

The program has helped me in so many different ways such as with lowering my anger and depression levels by exploring new outlets such as exercise and sports with my worker and good friend Jim Traglia. I would recommend this program to others who are in a similar situation. You should never give up fighting.
When you have a child that has issues, whatever they are behavioral, mental or situational, it can be extremely overwhelming. The KO program allows you to breathe again by surrounding you and your child with the support and resources needed to help get back on the right track. The mentor program, counseling, rise and shine and behavior management services have helped my son find ways to cope with his anxieties… Read More
Sherri Ferdula
Since Jeremy has been working with my son, Anthony, he has made great improvements! He helps me so much with Anthony and my other kids, when I need it. I am so thankful for this program.
Anthony Dennis
I just wanted to say thank you to you and Jim (mentor) for being here for Gianni and my family for his transition from placement to home. I feel it truly helped with getting him back on the right track. He has improved so much and actually has goals and he’s going to graduate! So, thank you to you and Jim, you two have been amazing to my family. I… Read More
Lia Grippe

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