The Children�s Home of Jefferson County�s Foster Care Program provides both long and short-term foster care services for children who are unable to be cared for by their birth families or legal guardians. A child, participating in the Foster Care Program, is able to live within a family home, attend public school and be an active member of their community, while receiving supportive care, counseling and supervision.
The program recruits and trains prospective foster parents, assists in child placement through the appropriate county�s Department of Social Services, and provides ongoing oversight, support and casework services once a child is matched with a family.
The Foster Care family will play a vital role helping the child to achieve their goals. In order for the child to be reunited with their family, the Foster Care parents will be expected to work closely with the agency, particularly with respect to planning family visits, which help the child maintain and strengthen the parent/family relationship.
All Foster Care parents are required to complete a ten-week training program. This training will enable them to provide structure and supervision of youth in care and to work with children at various levels of care. They are also trained in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention to assist in times of crisis. The overall design of the training also promotes growth in both the Foster Care Family and the child in care. Foster Care parents are required to attend regular trainings to ensure a continuum of learning.
Children�s Home of Jefferson County
Jefferson & Lewis Counties: call 315-788-7430
St. Lawrence County: call 315-229-3480
Jefferson County Department of Social Services
Or call 1-888-200-4005
Since 2004, the Ad Council�s Adoption from Foster Care campaign has consistently delivered the message that “You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.” Humor is brought to the seemingly challenging task of adopting a child from foster care, to reassure prospective parents that even if not ‘perfect,’ they have the ability to provide the stability and security that a child needs and deserves.