The House has been changing children's lives since 1872.

We have an exceptional network of foster parents but are still in need of new foster homes. Learn more about becoming a foster parent.

Foster A Better World... Become a Foster Parent

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Are You Ready to Start Your Journey as a Foster Parent?

Our Foster Care Program helps children who are unable to live with their birth parents or relatives. Most children are in need of short-term care while their families receive services and work toward reunification.

The primary goal of the program is to take the necessary steps to reunite children with their birth families whenever possible. If that goal is out of reach, foster parents help a child prepare for kinship, adoption, or independent living.

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) certifies the Foster Care Program for children ranging in age from birth to 21.


The Journey to Foster Parenting

Step 1

Submit an application online here or via email or mail. Once you complete the application you will be contacted by a Foster Family Specialist to discuss the next steps.

Step 2

Orientation takes place soon after the completed application is received/reviewed. You will learn more about the roles and responsibilities of foster parents and the process you will need to go through to foster.

Step 3

This free 10-week class is mandatory for all adults that will have a parenting role in a foster home. The MAPP program examines 12 criteria or skills necessary for successful foster parenting.

Step 4

We obtain the results of the criminal history record checks before you are approved or certified for the placement of a foster child.

Step 5

Foster parents are certified/approved when the home study, State Central Registry clearance, criminal history record review process, and the trainings are completed.

Step 6

Once you're a certified foster parent, you can welcome foster children to your home. You are now part of a team that works together for the future of children and their families.

A Foster Family Specialist will contact you after your application is submitted.

Upcoming Foster Care Events

Utica Foster Care

Foster Parent Training Classes: September 5th, 2024, from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm weekly for 12 weeks on a Hybrid Schedule

For any questions, please contact Shannon at 315.272.7286 or 315.235.7746

Watertown Foster Care

NTDC Classes will be on Wednesdays, Septemeber 18th - November 20th, from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For any questions, please contact Hannah at 315.782.8064 x4023

Ongoing Support For Foster Parents

Respite Care Services

Coverage for Children's Medical Expenses

Professional Staff on Call 24/7

Individual, Family and Group Counseling

Types of Foster Care

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Utica Contact Information

Shannon Szatko, Foster Family Specialist



Watertown Contact Information

Hannah Mullin, Foster Family Specialist

315-782-8064 x4023