Foster Care Program

Foster Care Program Provides Short-Term Sanctuary Away from Chronic Stress and Adversity

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

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 program is one of only four foster care institutions in the country certified by the Sanctuary Institute. Currently, about 200 children reside in approximately 150 homes.

There are two levels of foster care: Therapeutic and Regular.

In Therapeutic Level, children and families receive counseling, respite, case management, on-call crisis response 24/7, psychiatric/psychological consultation, physical health coordination, and assessment/treatment planning.

The Regular level consists of case planning and physical health coordination services. Other services are available on a prescribed basis. Respite and emergency housing are also provided.

Support for foster families is provided in a 12-week orientation training, annual training updates, respite and ongoing partnership from a skilled foster care team.

Foster Care offices are located in Utica, NY and Watertown, NY.

Call Sue Novak in Utica at 315.235.7700 or Chelsea Martin in Watertown at 315.782.8064 for more information.