Today there are more than 400,000 children and teens in the foster care system with that number growing daily. Every single one of these kids deserves a chance to be happy, fell like they belong and are safe ….. most importantly feel loved.
The need for foster parents is at a crisis level nationally and here at home in the areas served by G. A. Family Services throughout Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Cattaraugus Counties. When a child or/and or children join foster care, we work to get him or her a home as quickly as possible. We support foster parents with extensive training, monetary support, and team of experience professionals who are invested in their success, willing to help. When reunification with families is not a viable option, we work to match children of all ages with loving, adoptive families.
Foster children range in age from birth to 21 years of age. We have a large teen population, many of whom previously lived in multiple homes or even on residential campus. We have several sibling groups, and value the importance of placing them together, or at the very least in close proximity to one another. We are committed to the importance of co-parenting — foster parent and birth parents – collaborating and communicating to ensure the best interests of the child are always met.
Foster parents must be at least 21 years old, pass background clearances, and be in good physical health. Foster families are all unique and can be dual or single parent homes. Our most successful foster parents are open-minded, dependable, patient and willing to develop unique parenting skills for children with special needs. Having a flexible schedule, being tolerant and demonstrating the ability to work as a member of our team are all important qualities for success.
- Growth – All youth will be given the opportunity to reach their full potential.
- Achievement – All youth will experience a positive environment in which they can enjoy success.
- Family – We will work with the entire family moving all members towards permanence.
- Safety – We will treat youth, families, and each other with dignity and respect, creating a safe environment for everyone.