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

What We Can Do For You

"We help our foster families every step of the way, and we are there for them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."
Paris, Foster Care Director

Foster Parent Support

It Takes a Village

They Say “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child,” and at The House, you’ve got an entire team of experts at your disposal to support you and help build a positive foster care environment.

Access to Education

The House has their very own team of trainers who are able to provide one-on-one or group trainings to help you improve both your competence and confidence. We provide our mandatory trainings monthly in rotating schedules to ensure there is always a training schedule that can work for you.

Foster Children Support

  • Professional staff on-call 24/7
  • Individual, family, and group counseling
  • Case management
  • Psychiatric/psychological evaluation and consultation
  • Independent living skills acquisition
  • Paid medical expenses
  • Recreational activities
  • Respite care services
Social Worker

Highest Standards

We are a Trauma Informed Care Agency, certified through The Sanctuary Institute. We truly believe in the importance of understanding trauma and how it impacts not only the child, but our staff and Foster Parents as well. Through our commitment to Open Communication, our doors are always open to your concerns, comments, or suggestions to ensure that your voice is heard.

Committed to Growth & Change

We are constantly improving and evolving, much in the way we strive for our children to do. If there is something that needs to be improved, we want to hear about it. Our Foster Parent Support Group, run by one of our own foster parents, meets regularly and shares ideas to ensure that we are aware of what our Foster Parents are saying.

Information Nights & Foster Parent MAPP Class Schedule

Utica Foster Care Training Schedule

January 28
Info Night 6:00 pm

February 25
Info Night 6:00 pm

March 31
Info Night 6:00 pm

April 15
MAPP Class Begins 6:00 pm

April 28
Info Night 6:00 pm

May 26
Info Night 6:00 pm

Please reserve your seat today!
email: FosterCareUtica@hgsutica.com

Contact Information

Jamie Andrews - 315.272.8474
FosterCareUtica@hgsutica.com

Watertown Foster Care Training Schedule

January 14
MAPP Class begins at 6:00 pm

More Classes and Information Nights announced soon!
Jessica Thompson 315.782.8064 x4031 or email: FosterCareWatertown@hgsutica.com

The House of the Good Shepherd Foster Care Program offers free 12-week training classes.

Utica Contact Information

Jamie Andrews - 315.272.8474
FosterCareUtica@hgsutica.com

Watertown Contact Information

Chelsea Martin - 315.782.8064 x4032
Jessica Thompson 315.782.8064 x4031
FosterCareWatertown@hgsutica.com

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can be a foster parent?
    Foster parents can be any marital status: single, married, divorced or partnered. Foster parents must be at least 21 years old.
  • Do I need my own home?
    It isn't necessary that foster parents own their home. As long as you own or rent your home, you can apply to be a foster parent.
  • How much do I get paid to be a foster parent?
    Foster parents are not paid, but you do receive a monthly stipend for the child's room, food, clothing and other expenses.
  • Are the child's medical expenses covered?
    Yes, all of the child's medical expenses are covered through The House. This includes health, dental, vision and medicine.
  • Are additional trainings offered?
    Yes, you will need to attend additional training sessions throughout the year that supplement and maintain your foster parent certification.