Foster Parenting Informational Sessions To Be Held in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties

Watertown: The Fostering Futures Therapeutic Foster Care Program, an affiliate of the Children’s Home of Jefferson County (CHJC), will host upcoming Foster Parenting Informational Sessions in both Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties. Anyone interested in learning more about Foster Parenting, Adoption, and the CHJC Foster Care Program is encouraged to attend either session. 

The St. Lawrence County Session is scheduled for Thursday, September 6, 2018, beginning at 6:00 pm in the Human Services Center, 80 State Highway 310, Second Floor Conference Room, Canton, New York. The Jefferson County session will be held in the CHJC Campus Dining Hall Board Conference Room, 1704 State Street, Watertown, on Monday, September 10, also beginning at 6:00 pm. Foster Parenting training classes will begin in Canton on Thursday, September 13 and in Watertown on Monday, September 17. The classes will continue at both locations for 10 weeks thereafter.

The events will help people interested in becoming Foster Parents learn about CHJC’s Fostering Futures Therapeutic Foster Care Program. In an informal, casual setting, the sessions will also offer opportunities to ask questions and speak with Fostering Futures staff. Light refreshments will be served.

The Fostering Futures Therapeutic Foster Care Program provides temporary care for children unable to live with their birth families or guardians. It 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 be adopted.

For more information about any of the sessions or on opening your home and heart to these deserving children, please contact in St. Lawrence County: Marlene Pickering, Recruitment and Training Specialist, at (315)229-3504; or in Jefferson County: Michael Miller, Recruitment and Training Specialist, at (315)777-9657. Or e-mail Marlene at mpickering@nnychildrenshome.com or Michael at mmiller@nnychildrenshome.com. 

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