May is National Foster Care Month

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Unfortunately, some children are not born into families who are able to provide the type of safe, stable, loving homes children deserve. The Foster Care system provides nurturing homes for children needing the support and care that they aren’t receiving from their birth families. By standing in for a child's parent, foster parents help children that may otherwise become disconnected, neglected or in some very sad cases, abused. The need foster care parents continues to rise and May is the best time to shed light on this need because it is National Foster Care Month.

President Barack Obama recently issued a proclamation calling for Americans to “support young people in foster care, and to recognize the committed adults who work on their behalf each day.” Our devoted social workers truly deserve acknowledgement and accolades for their hard work, but what would help them even more, is an increase in the amount of available foster homes for our youth in need. This May we ask you to consider opening your hearts and homes to children in need love and shelter. In 2009, The Children’s Aid Society provided safety for 600 children through family foster care, and our specialized medical and therapeutic foster care services. If you are unable to foster a child please share this information with the caring adults in your life.

1. Applicants must be over the age of 21. They can be single, married, or in a domestic partnership.

2. Applicant must be self sufficient. Applicant’s income can be from employment, pension, or social security.

3. Applicant must complete a state screening/background check.

4. Applicant must complete 30 hours of Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting (MAPP) training, basic training for all foster parent applicants.

5. Applicants must be in good physical and mental health and have completed physical exams for every household member.

6. Applicant must be the lease holder to his or her own apartment or home.

7. Applicant must identify an emergency child care person.

If you would like more information about becoming a foster parent, please call us at 212-949-4962.