MAYVILLE, N.Y.: - The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and local voluntary foster care agencies will host a foster parent and kinship recruitment event on Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cassadaga Fire Hall, 22 Mill St. in Cassadaga, N.Y. The event is free and open to the public.
Through this event, we hope to educate the community about the need for foster parents and kinship resources in Chautauqua County as well as to provide information for those people who might be interested in the process of becoming licensed foster parents and relative foster parents. General orientation sessions will be offered during the event at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
Along with presentations by Chautauqua County DHHS, New Directions Youth and Family Services, Hillside Children’s Center, GA Family Services, OLV Human Services, and two local service agencies (Court Appointed Special Advocates and Every Child Ministries) that support foster children and foster parents will be on hand to recruit volunteers and share information about their programs. In addition, the Chautauqua County Health Department will have information tables for some of their programs.
If you enjoy working with children and you would like to help families in our community, consider attending this event. Masks are required for all attendees and COVID safety protocols will be followed.
Foster Care services in Chautauqua County provide out-of-home care for children in the custody of the Commissioner of Social Services. Foster care plays an important role in providing temporary, safe and nurturing homes to children when their parents are unable to care for them. Children are placed in foster homes in situations where they have been removed from their own families because they have been abused and/or neglected or because other family problems exist that endanger their safety. The children may range from infancy through 18 years of age and may have special medical, physical or emotional needs; the children may belong to any ethnicity or race and be part of a group of brothers and sisters who need to remain together.
“There are 98 children currently in foster care in Chautauqua County,” said Leanna Luka-Conley, Deputy Commissioner of Adult, Children, and Family Services. “Becoming a foster parent is a rewarding and challenging opportunity to change someone’s life. Children of all ages in our own communities are in need of ‘professional parents’ to give them a good, temporary home and a chance to succeed in life.”
For more information regarding programs and questions about becoming a foster parent, please email Sara Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit www.chqhhs.com or our Facebook page, CCFosterParent.