MAYVILLE, N.Y.:- The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a Foster Parent Open House and Orientation on Thursday, August 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cassadaga Community Center, 25 Maple Ave. in Cassadaga, NY. The purpose of this event is to educate interested individuals on our foster care and adoption programs. This free informational event is open to the public.
Foster homes are temporary places to stay; adoptive homes are forever. Both must be loving and safe environments where children learn to give and receive love and develop to their full potential. Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services has over 100 infants, children and teens currently in foster care placements and several of those are waiting for forever homes.
“An urgent, local need exists for loving foster parents for teenagers and children with special needs,” said County Director of Health and Human Services, Christine Schuyler. “We hope that this event will help encourage people in our community to consider foster parenting and adoption.”
Foster care provides a temporary home until a child can be safely reunited with his or her family. When a court decides the child cannot safely return home, an adoptive home offers them a permanent, stable, loving family.
When children are placed in foster care or in a pre-adoption home, care givers are responsible for meeting their basic needs and providing a safe, loving environment. Foster placements and most adoptive placements are eligible for financial support to assure that the needs of these children are met.
“We need foster and adoptive parents who have faith in themselves and in children, who believe they can make a difference in a child's life, who are willing to take a chance, and who are willing to learn,” said Schuyler. “Parenting is a tough job but also the most important one. Nothing is more rewarding nor is there any other endeavor that has such long lasting effects.”
Foster children and adopted children grow to be successful citizens, parents, employees and community leaders. Their success can be attributed to supportive foster and adoptive parents who believe in their potential.
To learn more about foster parenting and adoption, please come to our Open House and Orientation on August 17. If you are unable to attend this event and are interested in learning more about our foster care and/or adoption programs, please contact the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services at 716-661-8051 or 716-363-3570 and visit our website at www.co.chautauqua.ny.us/fosterparents .