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NEW! Foster Care Awareness Month Activities 2017

Family of three.Foster parents play an essential role in providing temporary, safe, and nurturing homes to children when their parents are unable to care for them.

New York State continues to be a leader in finding permanent safe and nurturing homes for our children. The number of children in foster care in New York State has decreased from 53,902 children in 1995 to 20,539 as of December 31, 2012, a significant reversal of trends from the 1980s and early 1990s. There have been tremendous strides made in bringing families together across New York State.

Foster Care ChildrenPlease consider becoming a foster parent. This website contains detailed information, in English and Spanish, about New York State's foster care system and the needs of children in temporary out-of-home placement. Please check the resources and publications for additional information on how to become a foster or adoptive parent.

Thank you for all you have done and all you continue to do to help children of New York State. We must remain ever vigilant to give our children the best care and support possible, while working to bring permanency and stability into their lives.

For more information about foster care and adoption, please call 1-800-345-KIDS.

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