WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester County is faced with a shortage of foster-care homes for children with special needs and Family Services of Westchester (FSW) wants to find a safe, caring, and supportive place for every child.
The Therapeutic Foster Care program serves children of all social, economic and ethnic backgrounds. These youth are special – they may have behavioral, social, or emotional problems – but they need homes and the support of loving, nurturing foster parents. FSW offers a wide-range of support for those willing to open their homes, and hearts, to a child in need. This support ensures that the foster parents have the tools they need to provide a safe, consistent and structured home environment where a child can develop skills to succeed in the home, school and community.
“By giving a child the chance to grow up in a home and within a community, you can help this child learn how to function in society and how to care for themselves once they are old enough to do so,” Dori Lewis, homefinder and clinician for Family Services. “There is no doubt that living in a foster home increases the child’s chance of success exponentially and FSW is there every step of the way to provide assistance.”
This includes specialized parenting skills training; 24-hour support from professional staff; weekly home visits by program staff; bi-weekly group support sessions; respite services; and tax-free monetary compensation. Through counseling and the support of their foster parents, the children are encouraged to acquire better self-control and improved social skills.
“By becoming a foster parent, you have an opportunity to make a tremendous impact on the life of a child in need. You will also be amazed by the impact this will have on your own life,” says Lewis. To learn more about FSW’s Therapeutic Foster Care program, call Lewis at 914-872-5278 or email her at Dlewis@fsw.org.
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