Department of Human Services – Office of Children and Youth

The Erie County Office of Children and Youth (OCY) is one of three divisions of the Department of Human Resources.

The office, which is led by OCY Director Lana Rees under the oversight of Human Services Director John DiMattio, aims to protect children and strengthen families. OCY works on assessing and assuring the safety, permanency and well-being of all young people in Erie County.

OCY also oversees the Edmund L. Thomas Adolescent Center and Shelter, which provides a safe environment for children; as well as Child Care Information Services, which provides child-care referrals and, in some cases, child-care subsidies.

Did you know? Last year, OCY investigated more than 5,000 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect and provided case management services to more than 2,000 children.