Foster parent recruitment event set for weekend

CASSADAGA — The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services and local voluntary foster care agencies will host a foster parent and kinship recruitment event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cassadaga Fire Hall, 22 Mill St. The event is free and open to the public.

Through this event, organizers hope to educate the community about the need for foster parents and kinship resources in Chautauqua County as well as to provide information for those people who might be interested in the process of becoming licensed foster parents and relative foster parents. General orientation sessions will be offered during the event at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.

Along with presentations by Chautauqua County DHHS, New Directions Youth and Family Services, Hillside Children’s Center, GA Family Services, OLV Human Services, and two local service agencies (Court Appointed Special Advocates and Every Child Ministries) that support foster children and foster parents will be on hand to recruit volunteers and share information about their programs. In addition, the Chautauqua County Health Department will have information tables for some of their programs.

If you enjoy working with children and you would like to help families in our community, consider attending this event. Masks are required for all attendees and COVID safety protocols will be followed.

“There are 98 children currently in foster care in Chautauqua County,” said Leanna Luka-Conley, Deputy Commissioner of Adult, Children, and Family Services. “Becoming a foster parent is a rewarding and challenging opportunity to change someone’s life. Children of all ages in our own communities are in need of ‘professional parents’ to give them a good, temporary home and a chance to succeed in life.”

For more information regarding programs and questions about becoming a foster parent, please email Sara Johnson at johnsons@co.chautauqua.ny.us.

You can also visit www.chqhhs.com or our Facebook page, CCFosterParent.


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