How You Can Help - Foster Parents
The Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program is always in need of foster parents in Monroe County. Would you be willing to open your heart and your home to a refugee teen in need?
Eligibility Criteria - Foster Parents
Foster Parents must be at least 26 years old, have their own source of income, and housing that can accommodate foster youth.
To be certified as a foster parent, individuals must submit to a series of background checks, complete a medical evaluation, provide personal and employer references, and complete a 30 hour training program conducted by CCFCS.
Individuals interested in learning more about becoming foster parents must attend one of the informational meetings listed below.
Informational meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of every month at 1099 Jay St., Rochester, NY.
- Monday, April 10th @ 6PM
- Monday, May 8th @ 6PM
- Monday, June 12th @ 6PM
- Monday, July 10th @ 6PM
- Monday, August 14th @ 6PM
- Monday, September 11th @ 6PM
- Monday, October 9th @ 6PM
Please contact Kathryn Young to register at (585) 546-7220 x4846 or Kathryn.Young@fcscharities.org
Eligibility Criteria - Foster Youth
All program youth must meet immigration status criteria (i.e. refugee designation, asylum seeker, humanitarian parolee, victim of human trafficking, or special immigrant juvenile). Referred youth must be under 18 years of age at time of entrance into our program, and are eligible to remain until age 21. Youth must be accepted for foster care services by Monroe County Department for Human Services (MCDHS) for placement with Catholic Charities. Youth must comply with all foster care regulations in order to maintain their eligibility.
Intake Process - Foster Youth
Referrals for youth come through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Office of Refugee Resettlement Services. The program does not take any referrals directly.
There is no cost for the program.