Become a Foster / Adoptive Parent


The Home Finding Unit recruits, trains and certifies foster homes in Lewis County.  Individuals interested in becoming a foster parent may contact the Lewis County Department of Social Services at (315) 376-5400 for more information; ask for the home-finder.  

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Become a Certified Foster / Adoptive Parent

Eligibility Criteria:

✓ Are at least 21 years old 

✓ Single, married, or living with a partner 

✓ Have enough income to meet your own family’s needs 

✓ Are in good health 

✓ Can make room in your home and heart for children who need safe, temporary care 

✓ Be willing to complete 11 weeks of MAPP (Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) training 

✓ Classes must be attended by husbands, wives and significant others in the home 

Required Documentation Includes:

➢ Finger printing- all household members over 18 years old

➢ NYS Child Abuse/Maltreatment Registry Clearance 

➢ Reference from three friends or acquaintances 

➢ Physicals for all adults 

➢ Home Inspection 

➢ Completed Home study including information about finances, health, and family relationships 

➢ Foster care application and other required forms for certification 

For more information visit:  Become a Foster Parent | Foster Care | OCFS (