Office of Children and Family Services

Become a Foster Parent

Become a Foster Parent

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

Foster Care Children

The number of children in foster care in New York State has decreased from 53,902 children in 1995 to 15,820 as of December 31, 2018.

OCFS provides comprehensive information about New York State’s foster care system, the needs of children in temporary, out-of-home placement, and the qualifications and requirements prospective foster parents must meet. Our resources and publications, in English, Spanish and other languages, provide more information on how to become a foster or adoptive parent. We must remain ever vigilant to give our children the best care and support, while bringing permanency and stability to their lives.

For more information about foster care and adoption, please call 1-800-345-KIDS (5437).

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