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Why should you become a Foster Parent?

You are needed.

There are many children in need of Foster homes and not enough Foster Parents.

You can make a difference in the life of a child/children and have a positive impact on your community.

You will get support from the Department of Social Services and other community agencies to make sure that you are able to meet the needs of Foster children.

You will feel good as you will be helping a child/children in need of a safe, loving home.

United Way's 2-1-1 is partnering together with Westchester and Putnam County Government to get the word out that additional homes are needed for children whose parents are unable to care for them. Financial support and training for foster parents will be provided.

To learn more, dial 2-1-1 or fill out the form below and a United Way's 2-1-1 representative will contact you.


What is Foster Care?

Foster Care is temporary care for children who are unable to live with their birth families. Foster Parents provide a safe and loving home until the children are able to return to their families, or are old enough to become independent.

Who are the children in care?

• Foster children represent all ethnic groups and may be infants through teenagers
• Some children may have handicapping conditions and need special care
• Teenage mothers may need homes for themselves and their children

Who can become a Foster Parent?

You can apply to become a Foster Parent if...
• You are 21 years of age or older
• You live in Westchester or Putnam County
• You have sufficient income to meet your family's needs
• Can provide a child with his/her own bed, although children can share a bedroom

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