Somewhere out there, a child is waiting for a foster family. What are you waiting for?
According to New York State’s Office of Children and Family Services, New York continues to be a leader in finding safe and nurturing foster homes for our children. The number of children in foster care in New York State has decreased from 53,902 children in 1995 to 20,539 as of December 31, 2012, a significant reversal of trends from the 1980s and early 1990s.
There have been tremendous strides made in bringing families together across New York State, but there is still much to be done!
St. Catherine’s Center for Children is doing its part. We are looking for individuals and families who are willing to provide temporary care for children who are unable to live with their birth families.
Whether children stay in foster care for a few weeks or for a few years, trained foster parents are needed! Foster parents work as members of a team with caseworkers, birth families, and other service providers to help children cope with the challenges they face.
You can apply to be a foster parent if you are at least 21 years old and in good health, live in a stable home environment, have sufficient income to meet your own family’s needs, and are willing to make room in your home and your heart for children who need safe, temporary care.
Want to learn more? Call our foster care specialists at 518-453-6735, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.