Global Village Therapeutic Foster Care
Program

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, mental health and developmental needs. It can serve as a step-down program from a higher level of care. Global Village carefully matches children and families. We believe each youth’s chance of success is greatest when a family’s strengths match a youth’s needs.

Eligibility

Males and females from birth to age 21 who are in Department of Social Services custody are eligible for referral. They must meet the criteria for a therapeutic level of care.

Team Approach

Each youth has a team composed of the child, birth parents, foster parents, clinical social worker, youth counselor and social worker/family worker or permanency worker. New Directions also employs a licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner who provides mental health assessment under the supervision of a licensed child psychiatrist. The team plans, coordinates and implements an individualized treatment program.
The youth receives individual counseling and weekly therapeutic activities.

  • Birth families receive family counseling, advocacy and linkage to other service providers as necessary. Family and sibling visitation is arranged and supervised as appropriate for each child.
  • Foster families attend monthly in-service/support group meetings in addition to 24 hours of yearly training. They receive 24-hour-a-day emergency support from the Global Village staff and weekly contact with at least two staff members.
  • Creating a “forever home” or permanent placement is important for all youth. For freed children, a clinical social worker actively seeks adoptive resources and provides assistance to adoptive families through the entire adoption process. For youth whose goal is to return to their biological family, a clinical social worker facilitates contact between the child and family, coordinates services within New Directions and with other agencies, and serves as a liaison to the county that sought placement. The clinical social worker and youth worker work together to set up visits and assess outcomes of visits.

Unique Features

  • Global Village employs youth counselors who develop and implement individualized therapeutic activities. The weekly activities can be one-on-one, small-group or large-group activities that reflect the treatment goals of the youth. During the foster parents’ monthly meetings, the youth counselors hold a separate meeting for youth, incorporating different themes and activities. The youth counselors also assist the clinical social worker with case management.
  • Global Village employs master’s-level as well as bachelor’s-level social workers.
  • The other programs within New Directions Youth and Family Services offer a wealth of expertise as well as specialty treatment areas, including Adventure Recreation and the Therapeutic Equestrian Program.

Trained Foster Parents

Global Village foster/adoptive parents are carefully screened and selected according to all state and local regulations regarding certification as a therapeutic foster boarding home. Families must successfully complete the MAPP/GPS II certification process and be approved for certification by the Global Village Homefinding Team. Global Village families are considered professional, teaching parents. In addition to the certification preparation program, Global Village families are required to receive 24 hours a year specialized training to maintain their certification. Topics include behavior management, medical concerns, mental health, grief and loss, how to assess youth’s needs and how to help the youth maintain connections to family and friends.

Referral Process

Global Village contracts with individual county Departments of Social Services to provide therapeutic foster care to children and families. There are two offices: A Northern Tier office in Buffalo, NY, and a Southern Tier office in Randolph, NY. The offices are staffed by separate teams and have foster families who live in their respective geographic regions. To refer a youth, contact the Family Resource/Intake Coordinator in your county (see Contacts). The coordinator will send a referral packet of consent forms and lists of needed information. Upon receipt of the completed referral packet, the Resource/Intake Coordinator will review the information and set up an initial intake interview to assess the child’s appropriateness for the program and identify any potential foster family matches. Once the child is matched to a family, an initial meeting will be scheduled with the child, the child’s birth family, the foster family, the referring agency worker, Global Village staff and other appropriate parties. At this meeting, a preplacement visitation plan is developed, including a tentative placement date. Preplacement visits will be monitored and assessed by Global Village and referring agency staff to determine if the preplacement visitation is successful and to finalize the actual placement date.

 

Contact:

Northern Tier
Laurie Grimm
Family Resource/Intake Coordinator
(716) 834-9413, ext. 204

Gina Marie Tasca/Burket
Home Finder/Intake Assistant
(716) 834-9413, ext. 214

1455 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
fax: (716) 834-9416

Southern Tier
Michelle Shaffer
Family Resource/Intake Coordinator
356 Main Street
Randolph, NY 14772
(716) 358-3636, ext. 232
fax: (716) 358-3676
mshaffer@ndyfs.org

Admissions Director
Anthony Walters, LCSW-R
(716) 358-3636, ext. 235
twalters@ndyfs.org

Program Director
Lynn Siradas
(716) 834-9413, ext. 202
lsiradas@ndyfs.org

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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Accredited by the
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Contact:

Northern Tier
Laurie Grimm
Family Resource/Intake Coordinator
(716) 834-9413, ext. 204

Gina Tasca-Burket
Home Finder/Intake Assistant
(716) 834-9413, ext. 214

1455 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
fax: (716) 834-9416

Southern Tier
Michelle Shaffer
Family Resource/Intake Coordinator
356 Main Street
Randolph, NY 14772
(716) 358-3636, ext. 232
fax: (716) 358-3676
mshaffer@ndyfs.org

Admissions Director
Anthony Walters, LCSW-R
(716) 358-3636, ext. 235
twalters@ndyfs.org

Program Director
Lynn Siradas
(716) 834-9413, ext. 202
lsiradas@ndyfs.org

 

 

 

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