Become a Foster Parent
The nation is working to change the face of foster care as we used to know it. In New York State alone, the number of children in foster care has decreased from 53,902 children in 1995 to 15,820 as of December 31, 2018. The Families First Prevention Act of 2018 is seeking to continue this trend, and Glove House is helping our County partners achieve success.
We’re trying to provide solutions at the right time to keep more kids safe at home with their families. We’re building upon parents’ strengths and empowering them to raise their children in healthy, nurturing homes.
By partnering with parents, providing more services before crises happen, and meeting children and families where its most convenient and comfortable for them, we know we can help build strong families, keep families together, and prepare kids and teens to achieve success.
But we also know that some families face severe challenges that may result in their children coming into the foster care system. When that happens, we partner with parents, extended family, foster families and community organizations so children can quickly and safely return home – and spend less time in foster care. On those occasions when a child is unable to safely return home, we work hard to provide permanent family connections.
Foster parents play an essential role in providing temporary, safe, and nurturing homes for children when their parents are unable to care for them. We encourage our foster parents to focus on reunification as the primary goal of foster care and to recognize the joy and privilege it is to see a family be reunited.
Becoming a foster parent is not an overnight decision. You’ll probably want to discuss this decision among all your family members. After all we believe that FAMILY is what makes foster care work. We at Glove House want you and your family to be comfortable with your choice to open your heart and home to a youth or sibling group in need, and we want you to know that we’ll be with you every step of the way. Contact us here.