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Foster Care - Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program

Family and Community Services specializes in foster care services for youth from around the world up to age 21 whose lives have been torn apart by war and oppression. The youth, arriving in the United States with no identified family or support, have been exposed to chronic trauma and stress which may include exposure to violence, loss of family and loved ones, deprivation, abuse and neglect, and displacement from their homes. The program works to help them resolve the impact of this trauma and develop independent living and academic skills, and provides ongoing support to their foster families to assist them to build a strong family unit.

What the Program Offers

  • Specialized foster homes to provide safe, stable family-oriented living
  • Case management services provided by highly trained social workers
  • Legal support to stabilize immigration status
  • Consistent medical and dental care through the support of Monroe County Department of Human Services (MCDHS)
  • Advocacy in all areas of life including educational, social, recreational and legal
  • Support and guidance to develop valuable life skills to become successful and self sufficient
  • Access to mental health services and support groups targeted to address adjustment and acclimation to life in the United States, past trauma, grief and loss, etc.
  • The opportunity to attend and graduate from high school, and to pursue a college education or a vocational career path

Informational Meetings

Informational meetings will be conducted via Zoom!

Next sessions:

  • Monday, November 14 @ 6PM
  • Monday, December 12 @ 6PM
  • Monday, January 9th @ 6PM
  • Monday, February 13th @ 6PM
  • Monday, March 13th @ 6PM
  • Monday, April 10th @ 6PM
  • Monday, May 8th @ 6PM

Please contact Kathryn Young to register at (585) 546-7220 x4846 or

Eligibility criteria

Referred youth must be under 18 years of age at time of entrance into our program. 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

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.

Program Cost

There is no cost for the program.