Foster Parent Role

I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that. Then, I realized I am somebody.

A foster parent is someone who provides a safe, supportive, and stable family environment for children who are unable to live with their birth parents. The primary goal of foster parenting is to help reunify children with their birth families, assuming this can be done safely. If this cannot be done safely, Onondaga County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will often look to foster parents to adopt these children.

When a child is placed in your home, you are responsible for providing a loving, nurturing, healing environment, while partnering with a team of professionals to work on group goals. These group goals touch on the child’s physical, psychological, emotional, educational, social, and recreational needs.

For many of our children, living in a healthy family environment is a brand-new experience. The simple day-to-day interactions with your family will provide invaluable opportunities to introduce foster children to a new way of living. This “new way of living” may also bring up challenges with your foster child. Be assured, we will help you work through these difficulties as they arise.

Being a foster parent is a 24/7 commitment. As such, the experience with the foster child is unique and comes with many rewards as well as challenges. Our team will stay by your side throughout this journey, and will ensure you have what you need to be successful.