Interested in becoming a Foster Parent?


Click here to see details about any upcoming Foster Parenting Classes and Informational Sessions.

For more information about the informational or training sessions, or on opening your home and heart to these deserving children, please contact Megan Badour, CHJC Homefinding Coordinator, at (315) 777-9662. Or e-mail Megan at

See how your love and care can make all the difference in the life of a vulnerable child.

The Children’s Home of Jefferson County’s Fostering Futures Program provides both long and short-term services for youth unable to be cared for by their birth families or legal guardians. While receiving supportive care, counseling, and supervision, youth participating in the Fostering Futures Program are able to live within family homes, attend public schools, and be active members of their communities.

The program recruits and trains prospective Foster Parents. Following a referral made by the appropriate county’s Department of Social Services, the program assists in youth placement. Once a youth is matched with a family, ongoing oversight, support, and casework services are provided.

Foster Families play a vital role in helping youth placed in their care achieve their goals. In order for youth to be reunited with their birth family or legal guardians, Foster Parents are expected to work closely with the Children’s Home especially regarding the planning of birth family/legal guardian visits. These visits help maintain and strengthen the parent/family relationship.

All prospective Foster Parents are required to complete a ten-week certification program. This training assists them in making informed decisions about continuing on in the program. It also helps them learn how to provide structure and supervision for youth in their care, and to work with youth at various levels of care. To assist in times of crisis, prospective Foster Parents are also trained in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention. The overall design of the program’s training model promotes growth in both the Foster Family and the youth in care. To ensure a continuum of learning, once certified, Foster Parents are required to attend ongoing trainings.

What it Takes to be a North Country Foster Parent 

Becoming a Foster Parent Can Help a Child - And Their Birth Parent - Get a New Start

Meet the St. Lawrence County Family Who's Taken in Over 100 Foster Children

 Courtesy of North Country Public Radio

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  • Supportive Counseling
  • Respite Care
  • 24-hour On-Call Crisis Response System
  • Weekly contacts by CHJC Caseworkers
  • Monthly contacts by CHJC Homefinders
  • Life Skills Classes
  • Anger Management Group
  • Academic Support Services
  • Well and Sick Child Medical and Dental Services
  • Supervised Visitation
  • Transportation
  • Ongoing Training and Education
  • Referrals for additional treatment services including substance abuse treatment and psychological evaluations
  • Treatment Team Meetings and Service Plan Reviews


The Foster Care Program is designed to provide a temporary home environment for youth until one of the following goals have been met:

  • The youth is reunited with their Birth Parents or placed with a family member or an identified/approved resource
  • The youth is adopted
  • The youth meets the requirements for Independent Living or Another Planned Living Arrangement (APLA)

The Children’s Home of Jefferson County offers on-going Foster Parent trainings. For more information in Jefferson and Lewis Counties call (315) 788-7430; in St. Lawrence County call (315)229-3480.

Victoria Peck, Director of Foster Care
Phone: (315) 777-9606

Watertown Based Foster Care Program:

Megan Badour, Homefinding and Intake Coordinator 
P.O. Box 6550
1704 State Street
Watertown, NY 13601
(315) 777-9662

St. Lawrence County Foster Care Program:

Malissa Hale, Program Manager
80 State Highway 310  
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 229-3480

Contact Us

Administrative Offices

P.O. Box 6550
1704 State Street
Watertown NY 13601
Phone: 315-788-7430
Fax: 315-785-5637