Foster Care Agencies
Allegany County Department of Social Services
Services Provided: Orientation/information meetings held monthly. Prospective parent training offered in March & September during the week. 3 hours a week for 10 weeks. Need families for teens and kids with mental health issues. County run parent support group.
Berkshire Farms Center & Services for Youth – Buffalo
Services Provided: Berkshire Farm Center is a state wide agency providing foster homes for children in care. Prospective foster parents receive comprehensive training and support through out the certification process. Once certified our homes are supported by an assigned social worker, 24 hour emergency services, financial support to meet the chil(ren)’s needs. Children range in age and special need requirements. Victoria is foster care contact for western and central region counties. See website for more information.
Contact Person: Victoria Hayek
Address: Tri-Main Center 2495 Main St, Suite 330 Buffalo, NY Phone: 716-862-4212
New Directions Youth & Family Services
Services Provided: Provides a temporary, supportive environment for children who either have no family resources, or who for a variety of reasons, cannot live with their birth families. During their time with us, we identify and prepare a permanent home for children freed for adoption or help birth families heal and develop a safe, nurturing environment to which their children can return. Provide therapeutic and regular foster care services. As a foster parent, you have a uniquely rewarding opportunity to support a child in need of nurturing, love, guidance and compassion. You may also help to reunify a family experiencing a difficult time. The steps to become a foster parent include: Calling the intake coordinator for additional information, schedule a personal meeting with the coordinator to review your introductory information, complete the MAPP/GPS II training, and participate in the matching process as referrals are made to the program to find the most appropriate child for your home.
Seneca Nation Health Systems Child and Family Services Program
Services Provided:The Child and Family Services Program is the official agency of the Seneca Nation responsible for providing assistance to families affected by child abuse/neglect or adoption of a Seneca child. Education and awareness are very important steps toward the prevention of child abuse or neglect. The CFS Program offers parenting classes for foster parents and biological parents. The Program strives to prevent out of home placement of Native children as the goal of the case plan is to reunify the family. The Program provides case management services and referrals to other agencies that will help the family serve the best interests of the child.The Child and Family Services Program can provide assistance through court ordered or self referral situations.
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