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 Info Meeting: October 26, 2022 at 12:00 Noon

Foster Parent Info Meeting November 30, 2022 at 5:00 PM

Foster Parent Info Meeting: January 4, 2023 at 5:00 PM

Foster Parent MAPP Class: September 21 - November 30, 2022 from 5:00-8:00 PM weekly

Foster Parent MAPP Class: January 11 - March 15, 2023 from 5:30-8:30 PM weekly - IN PERSON

Info Meetings will be offered via Zoom. Zoom ID: 590 824 9429

For any questions, please contact Shannon at 315.235.7708

Watertown Foster Care

Foster Parent MAPP Class: January 9 - March 27, 2023 from 6:00-9:00 PM weekly - IN PERSON

For any questions, please contact Susan at 315.782.8064 x4029

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

Utica Contact Information

Jamie Andrews, Senior Foster Family Specialist

315-272-8474

jamief@hgsutica.com

Contact

Watertown Contact Information

Susan Boswell, Foster Family Specialist

315-782-8064 x4028

susanboswell@hgsutica.com

Contact