How To Become A Foster Parent

Welcome to Global Village, an innovative, highly structured foster care program for children and families experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties. Our mission is to reunite families as quickly as possible, using the strengths of children and families to build safe, healthy, and nurturing relationships and stable home environments. Working together, Global Village’s highly trained foster families, professional staff, and community resources provide:

  • A safe, stable and loving home environment for children who need more care than their families and community resources can provide.
  • An individually tailored treatment program that draws upon New Directions’ century of child care experience and wide array of programs and activities.

What We Do At Global Village

Therapeutic Foster Care is a treatment program for children who need a high level of support, structure, and supervision to help meet their emotional, behavioral, and developmental needs.

Global Village’s children include boys and girls, ages 3 to 21, who are referred for care by their county’s Department of Social Services, Family Court or other community agencies.

Global Village carefully matches children and families. Placements are made according to the child’s needs. The program believes that each child’s chance of success is greatest when a family’s strengths matches a child’s needs.

After you become a certified therapeutic foster care family with Global Village, you will be matched with a child as referrals come in. Then you will participate in the pre-placement process.

You'll Be Part of a Team

Therapeutic foster care uses the team approach to working with children and their families. Foster families work together with the social worker, youth counselors, birth families and adoptive families to help children become responsible and independent adults who are part of a permanent family.

Our foster/adoptive families are:
Carefully selected— Potential foster parents must be at least 21 years of age and may represent a variety of family types including singles and couples, as well as all economic and educational backgrounds. Families are required to meet certain state and agency regulations such as state central registry clearance, criminal background check, physical exam, and home fire safety inspection. References must be provided.

Professionally trained— In addition to the preparation program, Global Village foster families are required to receive
24 hours a year of specialized training to maintain their certification.

Fully supported— Foster families are members of the treatment team for a child and receive support from the Global Village Staff in many ways:

  • Global Village staff is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies.
  • Monthly support group and in-service training offered.
  • Respite services provided as needed.

Becoming a Foster Parent

Families interested in joining Global Village’s Therapeutic Foster Care team should contact the Family Resource Specialist in Buffalo or Randolph to arrange an information meeting.

Following the meeting, potential foster families will:

  • Attend a 30-hour group preparation program.
  • Participate in a home study process to assess your family’s strengths and support needs.

Join the team today!

Contact the Resource Specialist at the Global Village office nearest you.

Erie and Niagara Counties
Suite 200, Snyder Square North
4511 Harlem Road
Amherso, NY 12265
(716) 834-9413
fax: (716) 834-9416
Contact: Melissa Bonello ext. 214

 

Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties
356 Main Street
Randolph, NY 14772
(716) 358-3636
fax: (716) 358-3676
Contact: Missy Martin, ext. 232

You may qualify to be a foster parent

You can be married or single.

You must be at least 21, but there is no maximum age.

You don’t have to be rich. Financial and medical support to meet the needs of the child is provided.

You will receive training and support.

 

Contact Information

Erie and Niagara Counties
Suite 200, Snyder Square North
4511 Harlem Road
Amherso, NY 12265
(716) 834-9413
fax: (716) 834-9416
Contact: Melissa Bonello ext. 214

Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties
356 Main Street
Randolph, NY 14772
(716) 358-3636
fax: (716) 358-3676
Contact: Missy Martin, ext. 232

E-mail addresses are the first letter of the person's first name, followed by the last name, with the ending @ndyfs.org
Example: Jane Smith would be jsmith@ndyfs.org

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