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David Canfield, county director of Youth Advocate Program of Oswego County, stands with 2012 Advocate of the Year Amanda Cole. Cole has worked at YAP for two years and was nominated for the award by her supervisor, co-workers and families that she serves.

YAP’s Advocate of the Year seeks to make children smile

David Canfield, county director of Youth Advocate Program of Oswego County, stands with 2012 Advocate of the Year Amanda Cole. Cole has worked at YAP for two years and was nominated for the award by her supervisor, co-workers and families that she serves.

by Nicole Reitz

The Youth Advocate Program of Oswego County recognized the accomplishments of its staff Friday at an awards presentation held at the Volney Town Hall.

YAP is an alternative to placement program that is a contracted service by the Oswego County Department of Social Services. Families are referred to YAP off the DSS caseload. YAP works with a wide range of situations throughout Oswego County.

DSS Commissioner Gregg Heffner attended the Advocate of the Year ceremony and spoke about the joint effort between YAP and DSS.

“YAP is an important and vital part of the service structure for the Department of Social Services,” he said. “The flexibility and the ability to morph and evolve to what a family needs is what YAP is all about, and that is a very dynamic and important service. I’m proud of all of you. The work that you do is an absolute asset to the human services profession in Oswego County and Central New York.”

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