Training and Certification

If you are interested in becoming a certified foster parent, please contact us and connect with your local recruiter. 

Part of the certification process is the completion of 30 hours of precertification training. We offer perspective foster parents flexibility in meeting this requirement. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have.

 

Recruiting Office Locations

Our offices are conveniently located throughout the 36 upstate New York counties we serve. Please schedule an appointment to ensure a recruiter is available to meet with you.

Albany Office 
60 Academy Ave.
Albany, NY 12208
518.426.2600

Catskill/Hudson Office
47 North 5th St.
Hudson, NY 12534
518.719.8066

Endwell Office
3401 E. Main St.
Endwell, NY 13760
607.321.0299

Johnstown Office
338 North Comrie Ave.
Johnstown, NY 12095
518.736.1780

Oneonta Office
297 River Street Service Rd.
Oneonta, NY 13820
607.441.5055

Queensbury Office
63 Quaker Rd.
Queensbury, NY 12804
|518.798.4496

Schenectady Office
1 Genium Plaza
Schenectady, NY 12304
518.372.6708

Be a Northern Rivers Foster Parent

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Open your door and help children and families restore hope for a better future. 
For a weekend. For a year. For a lifetime.

Have you wanted to learn more about how being a foster parent can help families, but it was never the right time? One phone call today to 1.844.855.CARE can help start you on your way to help transform a family's future. Or provide your information below, and we'll contact you.

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Levels of Involvement

Northern Rivers Family of Services, through our member agencies Northeast Parent & Child Society and Parsons Child & Family Center, serves children who need an out-of-home placement. These children have been removed from their caregivers as a result of abuse or neglect or person in need of supervision (PINS) petitions and are then placed with certified foster families. The programs are able to serve children from birth to age 21 with all levels of behavioral needs. We gladly accept all referrals either on an emergency basis or using an extensive matching process. We believe that with the right match any child can be successful living with a family.

At Northern Rivers, we offer many opportunities to partner with families in the community to give hope a home. A family can become involved with the mission in many ways, from having a child overnight occasionally to adopting a child for a lifetime

There are choices for your level of involvement. You can be a respite parent where you care for a child on a limited basis such as weekends, a full-time foster parent, or adopt a child for a lifetime. Regardless, you will help a child.

Therapeutic Foster Care
Therapeutic Foster Care serves children in need of out of home placement. These children have been removed from their caregivers as a result of abuse/neglect or PINS petitions. Foster parents receive at least weekly home visits from the clinical case manager assigned to each child. These children usually have a high level of behavioral and emotional needs which requires well trained and supported foster parents. Foster parents also receive respite when needed.

Specialized Foster Care
Specialized Foster Care is similar to Therapeutic Foster Care although the needs of the children are lower and foster parents receive less contact and support from the program. These children are usually in the process of returning home to their parents or relatives. There are times that Foster Parents are open to adopting children if they do not have a permanency resource. Some teens decide to remain in Foster Care and work on Independent Living Skills.

Overnight Respite Services
Overnight Respite Services are provided by foster parents when children need overnight respite. These children may be in the foster care program or home with their birth families. This respite can be offered on a recurring weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis.

Hourly Respite Services
Hourly Respite Services are provided by per diem employees. These respite providers work with children in the home or community and base their activities on the childs treatment goals and individual interests.

Bridge Families
Bridge Families provide twice a month respite for youths placed in residential care. These young people often have limited access to normative family experiences and need assistance in becoming successful in family settings. Bridge families offer them hope, a model of family life, a viable adult resource and emotional support.

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Sidney Albert Training and Research Institute

The Sidney Albert Training and Research Institute (SATRI) team collaborates with businesses, human service agencies, school districts, and institutes of higher learning to provide training opportunities to professionals, community members, children and families. Customized curriculum development, external customized training, research, program evaluation, professional library resources, innovative projects and individualized consultation are available.

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Levels of Involvement

There are choices for your level of involvement. You can be a respite parent where you care for a child on a limited basis such as weekends, a full-time foster parent, or adopt a child for a lifetime. Regardless, you will help a child.

Your options include:

Therapeutic Foster Care serves children in need of out of home placement.  These children have been removed from their caregivers as a result of abuse/neglect or PINS petitions. [change to: person in need of supervision (PINS) petitions] Foster parents receive at least weekly home visits from the clinical case manager assigned to each child.  These children usually have a high level of behavioral and emotional needs which requires well-trained [add hyphen] and supported foster parents.  Foster parents also receive respite when needed.

Specialized Foster Care is similar to Therapeutic Foster Care although the needs of the children are lower and foster parents receive less contact and support from the program. These children are usually in the process of returning home to their parents or relatives.  There are times that Foster Parents [lowercase foster parents] are open to adopting children if they do not have a permanency resource.  Some teens decide to remain in Foster Care [lowercase foster care] and work on Independent Living Skills. [lowercase independent living skills]

Overnight Respite Services are provided by foster parents when children need overnight respite.  These children may be in the foster care program or home with their birth families.  This respite can be offered on a recurring weekly, bi-weekly [delete hyphen; “biweekly” is one word] or monthly basis.

Hourly Respite Services are provided by per diem employees.  These respite providers work with children in the home or community and base their activities on the child’s [add apostrophe] treatment goals and individual interests.

Bridge Families provide twice a month [change “twice a month” to “twice monthly”] respite for youths placed in residential care.  These young people often have limited access to normative family experiences and need assistance in becoming successful in family settings.  Bridge families offer them hope, a model of family life, a viable adult resource, [add comma] and emotional support.

 

You're an important part that makes it all possible. So make the call. And open your door.

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Limited English Proficiency (LEP) of Language Assistance Services
Northern Rivers will provide language assistance services, free of charge, when necessary to provide meaningful access to whose primary language is not English. Contact Quality Management at 518.426.2600.
Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística.  Llame Quality Management at 518.426.2600.
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