COVID-19 Announcement

In light of the COVID-19 public health crisis I want to address any concerns regarding its impact on our agency's operations. Be assured that Community Maternity Services is committed to maintaining safety while still providing critical services to our children, youth and families. We will continue to operate 24 hours per day, 7 days a week and have developed a plan that will meet the needs of our clients and staff while minimizing the risk of exposure for them and their families. All of our non-essential staff are working remotely from their homes. This plan incorporates the guidance we have received from our government agencies and complies with their directives.

Effective immediately our business continuity strategy includes the following:

  • Our residential programs remain open with additional health and safety processes in place. Nursing staff will provide ongoing education to clients regarding COVID-19 including prevention and infection control.
  • Our community-based programs continue to operate in agreement with the most updated information and are using teleconferencing, FaceTime and Skype where available and appropriate. 
  • Our facilities department has implemented enhanced cleaning protocols and is able to make additional changes when and if necessary.
  • Our Administrative team holds multiple daily meetings to share information, analyze new developments and refine procedures to comply with up-to-the-minute guidance. Agency staff receive ongoing updates as the situation develops.
  • We continue to modify procedures as new knowledge evolves with the health and safety of those we serve as our priority.

This is a fast moving crisis and we will keep you updated with new developments. We appreciate your continued support and thank you for your patience during this difficult time. 

Spring is coming and we will all get through this together.


Anne Marie Couser
Executive Director

Heery Center for Young Families

The Heery Center provides trauma-informed Residential Services for pregnant and parenting adolescents between the ages of 12 and 21, who have been placed in the care and custody of their county as a result of parental abuse/neglect, PINS/JD behaviors or other circumstances that have placed them and their children at risk of harm. The goal of this program is to provide a wide range of services to promote safety, education and stability. Such comprehensive services include:

  • Independent Living Skills education (on both an individual and group level)
  • Parenting education and support
  • Educational Coordination and tutoring
  • Medical Care coordination and support
  • Clinical Counseling to include youth, putative fathers and/or primary resource person
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Child care to enable youth to go to school, work and/or participate in all activities associated with the program
  • Job opportunities and/or assistance with obtaining employment
  • Full range of assessment and referral services
  • Permanency planning
  • Case management
  • Mentoring
  • Advocacy
  • Comprehensive discharge planning & 90 days of aftercare services

For Information And Referrals

27 N. Main Avenue
Albany, New York 12203
Phone: 518-482-8836
Fax: 518-482-5805
Sherri Girard-Schulz, Associate Executive Director of Residential Services

Community Maternity Services

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