May is National Foster Care Month

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President Barack Obama has proclaimed May as National Foster Care Month. “For nearly half a million youth in foster care across our country, the best path to success we can give them is the chance to experience a loving home where they can feel secure and thrive,” the President said. During the month of May, the President is calling on all Americans to ensure a brighter future for foster youth and to celebrate the individuals and families who selflessly open their homes and their hearts to children in foster care. By standing in for a child's parent, foster families can help children that may otherwise become disconnected, neglected or in some very sad cases, abused. Today, there is still a great need for foster care parents.

The Children's Aid Society finds homes for more than 500 children each year. Our foster care program provides specialized services including Family Foster Care, Medical Foster Care, Therapeutic Foster Care and services for teens "aging out" of foster care. This May we ask you to consider opening your hearts to children in need of a loving and stable environment.

  • Applicants must be over the age of 21. They can be single, married or in a domestic partnership.
  • Applicant must be self sufficient. Applicant’s income can be from employment, pension, or social security.
  • Applicant must complete a state screening/background check.
  • Applicant must complete 30 hours of Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting (MAPP) training, basic training for all foster parent applicants.
  • Applicants must be in good physical and mental health and have completed physical exams for every household member.
  • Applicant must be the lease holder to his or her own apartment or home.
  • Applicant must identify an emergency child care person.

Click here to learn more about how you can become a foster care parent or please call us at 212-949-4962.

Click "Play" below to hear one of our foster parents describe the experience and rewards of opening her home to children in need.