FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2019
CONTACT: Barb Peck, Director of Administration Services
CHJC TO HOLD FOSTER PARENTING
INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS THROUGHOUT ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY
Canton: The Fostering Futures of St. Lawrence County Therapeutic Foster Care Program will host four
Foster Parenting Informational Sessions at various locations throughout St. Lawrence County. The first
session will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the Potsdam Town Offices, 18 Elm Street, Potsdam,
The next session will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at the United Methodist Church,
34 Grove Street, Gouverneur. The third session will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Seaway
Youth for Christ, 31 David Street, Ogdensburg. The fourth session will be held on Thursday, March 28,
2019 at the Human Services Center, 80 State Highway 310, Canton. All sessions will begin at 6:00 pm.
The public is invited to attend whichever session is most convenient for their schedule.
Anyone interested in learning more about Foster Parenting, Adoption, Respite Services and the Fostering
Futures of St. Lawrence County Therapeutic Foster Care Program is welcome and encouraged to attend
any one of the sessions. These events will help people interested in becoming a Foster Parent learn about
the Fostering Futures of St. Lawrence County Therapeutic Foster Care Program. In an informal, casual
setting, the sessions will also offer opportunities to ask questions and speak with the Foster Care Program
staff. Light refreshments will be served.
Foster Parenting training classes will begin in Canton on
Thursday, April 4, 2019, and continue for ten weeks thereafter. The Fostering Futures of St. Lawrence County Therapeutic Foster Care Program provides temporary care
for children unable to live with their birth families or guardians. The Foster Care Program allows children
who may have been abused or neglected, and/or have behavioral challenges and special needs, the
opportunity to live in a family setting, attend public school and be an active member of the community.
To provide support for the needs of the entire family, in addition to 24-hour on-call services and crisis
response, extensive training is offered to all Foster Parents. They will work as a member of a team of
families, social workers, and other professionals to help prepare a child to return to his/her birth family,
or to be adopted. Fostering Futures is an affiliate Program of the Children’s Home of Jefferson County.
For more information about the informational or training sessions, or on opening your home and heart to
these deserving children, please contact Marlene Pickering, Foster Care Recruitment and Training
Specialist, at (315) 229-3504. Or e-mail Marlene at firstname.lastname@example.org