The Putnam County Youth Bureau was established by the Board of Supervisors in 1979 and is part of the Departments of Mental Health, Social Services and Youth Bureau and a liaison to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. The Putnam County Youth Bureau is responsible to the County Executive for coordinating and supplementing the activities of public, private and religious agencies devoted in whole or in part to the welfare, development and protection of youth. Through the Integrated County Planning process, the Youth Bureau coordinates the allocation of resources to meet those needs. The Youth Bureau has the primary responsibility of advocating for the youth of Putnam County. The Youth Bureau promotes positive youth development based upon the belief that families and extended families are the fundamental sources of care, support and guidance for children and youth. Our schools and other community-based services, both formal and informal, are appropriate and effective complements to this foundation.