The Children’s Home of Jefferson County’s Foster Care Program provides both long and short-term services for youths unable to be cared for by their birth families or legal guardians. While receiving supportive care, counseling, and supervision, youths participating in the Foster Care 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
Courtesy of North Country Public Radio
- 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
- 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) 229-3483
Watertown Based Foster Care Program:
Kelly Musselman, Recruitment and Training Specialist
P.O. Box 6550
1704 State Street
Watertown, NY 13601
St. Lawrence County Foster Care Program:
Nicole Rood, Recruitment and Training Coordinator
80 State Highway 310
Canton, NY 13617