Foster / Adoptive Parent


"To the world you may be just one person but to one person you may be the world."

Lewis County Department of Social Services is Looking for Families to Foster Children

With the ongoing drug epidemic and domestic violence concerns many children are being removed from their homes and placed in foster care.  There are many times when family members will step up and take custody of these children, but there are also times when these children have nobody and they end up in foster care.  At this time, most of our foster homes are full and unable to take on any more children.  When this occurs, the department is forced to place children in homes outside of our agency including the Children's Home of Jefferson County, the House of the Good Shepherd, etc.  It is our goal to recruit more foster homes so that children who need to be placed are able to remain in their home town, near family and within their school district.  This does not happen every time, but we do try to make this transition as easy as possible for these children as they have already been through so much.  It can be very disruptive and upsetting for children to have to move to a new and unfamiliar home, let alone a home that is outside of the county.  Help make a difference today and become a Lewis County Foster 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.  

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 

No one ever outgrows their need for family          

                  Are you ready to open your heart and home?

        Be the one who changes a young person's life                  A new start can change everything

                  Foster Care Saves Lives

Are you ready to save a life?  Are you ready to be someone's resource in life?

                  Be part of someone's success story


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