Office of Children and Family Services

Become a Foster Parent

NEW! Fostering Futures NY video
If you are thinking of becoming a foster parent, or even if you've never considered it, you may well find in this video the inspiration to take the next step. Funded in part by OCFS, Fostering Futures NY supports foster families in building better futures for children and youth.

Becoming a Foster Parent

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

New York State continues to find permanent safe and caring homes for our children. The number of children in foster care in New York State has decreased from 53,902 children in 1995 to 16,140 as of December 31, 2017. 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.

Three girls.

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