Strengthening and Supporting Families

  • Amherst Central Family Support Center Staff

    Jill Glowniak, LCSW, FSC Liaison
    716-362-3072, Email

    Marlana Howard, LCSW
    716-362-3073, Email

    Through the center, Amherst Central School District is partnering with community human service agencies to provide support for families’ social, education, mental and physical health needs. With an on-site school district licensed clinical social worker leading the center, the Family Support Center model provides easy access to a host of community services. We anticipate that the center will provide a “lifeline” for some of our families.

    The Family Support Center is another level of intervention in the district's student support services. The entire family is incorporated into counseling and support to address all facets of what may be affecting the student's academic progress at all levels. If students are struggling with issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem/self-image, substance use, family conflicts, peer relationships or serious school academic or behavior concerns, we can help. Our program will assist parents with getting their children and family the most appropriate, affordable support in a timely manner. We can also assist parents/caregivers with their own counseling needs or parenting support.

    How Does it Work?

    First, you will speak with the Family Support Center Coordinator and depending on your needs, you will either be seen directly at the Family Support Center or we can refer you to another service in the community.

    The Center's Goal is to foster family communication and well-being, healthy youth development and success in school. In order to accomplish this, there is a spectrum of services available, including: 

    • Individual and family counseling
    • Support groups
    • Parenting groups
    • Referrals and information to outside community resources
    • Wellness activities

    On-Site Services at the Family Support Center for the convenience of families with the following collaborative partners:
    Parent Network of WNY
    Mental Health Advocates of WNY
    Gateway Longview Behavioral Healthstarting September 2020 

    Referrals and Appointments
    Your child's school counselor, social worker or psychologist can make referrals to the Family Support Center. You can also contact the Family Support Center or contact your child's school counselor, social worker or psychologist to make an appointment with the Family Support Center. 

    The Family Support Center also partners with community agencies
    Amherst Task Force for Health Communities and Healthy Youth
    Town of Amherst Court
    Town of Amherst Police Department
    Town of Amherst Youth and Recreation Department
    Amherst Central School District Tiger’s Den Food Pantry

What Can be Addressed?

  • Issues addressed on-site or through referrals

    - Family Issues
    - Housing Assistance
    - Food Assistance
    - Communication
    - Education
    - Divorce/Separation
    - Parent Support & Education
    - Discipline
    - Domestic Violence
    - Death/Bereavement
    - Child & Adolescent Issues
    - Eating Disorders
    - Depression
    - Grief/Loss Issues
    - Stress Control
    - Alcohol/Substance Abuse
    - Special Ed. Parent Programs

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Tuesday, Thursday - 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Call to schedule appointments outside of office hours.

    The FSC follows the ACSD academic calendar. If Amherst schools are closed for emergency or snow days, so is the FSC.

    St. Paul's Lutheran Church
    4007 Main Street, Eggertsville
    Entrance is through a doorway in back parking lot