Is your family living with HIV/AIDS?
Family Circle of Support and Helping hands Programs
Phone: (212) 475-0222 Ext 223
Fax: (212) 714-2838
In 1992, COAC initiated the first independent service offering assistance to AIDS-affected parents to plan for the future of their children and avoid their placement into the foster care system. Since that time, COAC has been providing legal and social services to families living with HIV/AIDS in order to improve their quality of life and ensure a stable home and future for children. COAC has continually expanded over the years to meet the demands of its participants. We provide a wide range of supportive and therapeutic services within our Family Circle of Support and Helping Hands Programs.
What we offer the community:
Individual and Family Counseling - Therapeutic home and office based services for individuals and families to help parents and families openly discuss problems and arrive at solutions.
Support Groups - We currently offer a Parent/Guardian Group. Groups can be created upon community need.
Legal and Benefits Assistance - Our legal staff able to address issues including public benefits, wills, adoptions, guardianships, healthcare proxies, and permanency planning.
Educational Workshops - Workshops for professionals and consumers address a wide variety of topics such as health/nutrition, self-help, client's rights, etc. We can provide in-home services, presentations and consultations with community agencies, schools and hospitals.
Advisory Board Meeting - Participants can regularly provide feedback and make recommendations on program services to ensure their needs are being met.
Referrals - As additional needs arise, our staff will provide appropriate referrals to other agencies in your community, and accompany clients to appointments to help advocate for their needs.
Community Home Test Giveaway- We offer free HIV tests sent to people's homes funded by the New York Department of Health.
Attorney At Law
Phone: (212) 475-0222, ext. 205
The Family Circle of Support provides the following legal services to persons living with HIV/AIDS:
• Public Benefits
• Health Care Proxies
• Powers of Attorney
• Standby Guardianship
• Permanency Planning
• Family Law matters
Workshops related to the above topics and/or any legal topics can be conducted onsite or in the home. Please contact the attorney for details.
Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a..m to 5 p.m. In addition, our flexible staff and legal team can make appointments based on your availability and can make home visits.
We provide culturally sensitive services for families affected by HIV/AIDS. Our consumers include people of all ages and cultures from all five boroughs of New York City. Our services are offered in English, Spanish, French and Creole.
Services are free and confidential.