Pride Month

June is Pride Month when the world’s LGBTQ+ communities come together and celebrate the freedom to be themselves. Pride gatherings are rooted in the arduous history of minority groups who have struggled for decades to overcome prejudice and be accepted for who they are. Pride is both a jubilant communal celebration of visibility, and aContinue reading →

A Time Ago…

Clinical Manager Melissa Pavlicek took a stroll through Utica’s historic Forest Hill Cemetery on an early spring day. A large stone engraved “Children of the Good Shepherd” caught her attention. After some research, she discovered the relationship to The House of the Good Shepherd. The gravesite was funded by Thomas Redfield Proctor and his wifeContinue reading →

Becoming the Song

https://youtu.be/X3JoGkJnt0g It’s been a big year for Austin as he’s had many auditions for numerous schools in New York. Austin loves the experience of auditioning and has the passion and perseverance to someday be on Broadway! Everything from singing, dancing, and acting, this guy can do it all! After only being with HGS for a short period,Continue reading →

The Little Boy with a Big Heart

Residential Staff and Tilton School had a bittersweet weekend when they said goodbye to a young man who touched everyone’s hearts. Twelve-year-old David moved on from The House to his forever home with his pre-adoptive parents, Will and Alexis, and their family! This was achieved through an ICPC (interstate compact of the placement of children). D CottageContinue reading →

It’s Foster Care Month – Meet Our Staff Day 14

It’s Foster Care Month! Meet Foster Care Primary Therapist, Jaclyn Bogdan! What is your Job title?  Primary Therapist, MSW What is it exactly that you do? As a Primary Therapist, completing treatment plans, psychosocial assessments and other documentation are my primary responsibilities at the initial assignment of a client. I provide individual therapy to ourContinue reading →

It’s Foster Care Month – Meet Our Staff Day 13

What is your Job title?  Foster Family Specialist/Case Planner What is it exactly that you do? I train potential foster parents, provide foster parents with ongoing trainings, approve kinship foster homes, open new certified foster homes, and case plan. What is your favorite part about your Job? My favorite part is being able to stayContinue reading →

It’s Foster Care Month – Meet Our Staff Day 12

What is your Job title? Foster Care Program Manager What is it exactly that you do?  I provide supervision to Foster Care Case Planners. I ensure the development, implementation, and monitoring of individualized services we provide to the families. What is your favorite part about your Job? The favorite part of my job is watchingContinue reading →

It’s Foster Care Month – Meet Our Staff Day 11

What is your Job title? Foster Care Case Planner What is it exactly that you do?  I work with clients in Family Treatment Court. I assist the clients and their children in meeting their goals and help them progress toward the permanency goal. Every week, I attend Family Treatment Court with clients and the treatmentContinue reading →

It’s Foster Care Month – Meet Our Staff Day 10

What is your Job title? Foster Care Case Planner  What is it exactly that you do?  I work with children and families involved in the child welfare system to complete permanency for children and help families in need.  What is your favorite part about your Job? Getting to work with so many incredible co-workers andContinue reading →

It’s Foster Care Month – Meet Our Staff Day 9

What is your Job title? Visitation and Operations Supervisor What is it exactly that you do?  I am responsible for coordinating and scheduling all the visitation between the birth parents and the children. I have to contact the biological parents, i.e., making two separate visits for mom and dad and then contacting the FP andContinue reading →