May is Foster Care Month: Opening Hearts Through the Home

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May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the many people that open their hearts when a young person is in need of a stable home and emotional support during a family crisis. It’s also a time to acknowledge that there are approximately 400,000 children and youth in foster care on any given day—and that there is always a need for new foster parents who want to change the lives of young people.

Beginning today and over the coming weeks, you’ll meet some of those people who have opened their homes to youth in need. People like Juana Sanchez and Jose Dominguez.

As an only child, Juana wished she had a large family. After marrying Jose, her dream came true. They have five children of their own and ten grandchildren. They have always loved being surrounded by children. As their children became adults and left home, Juana and Jose felt the need to fill their home again with children. So they became foster parents.

Soon Juana and Jose were called for a placement of four children. They were thrilled about extending their family. Soon after, a fifth sibling was born and they accepted that placement. Juana and Jose decided to give these five foster children a permanent home by adopting them. “Our family would not have been complete without them,” says Juana, who encourages all to consider foster care. “Extend the love and adopt a child. Your family will grow and so will the love.”

The Children's Aid Society serves more than 300 children in its foster care programs, including specialized services such as Family Foster Care, Medical Foster Care, Therapeutic Foster Care and services for teens aging out of foster care.

Consider opening up your heart and home to ensure a brighter future for a youth in foster care that may otherwise become neglected and disconnected. 

  • Applicants must be over the age of 21 and 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.

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