Foster Care


In some cases children’s safety cannot be assured in their parental homes. In other cases the children’s behavior presents a potential danger to themselves or others. In these instances, foster care may be the only option available. Specially trained caseworkers work with skilled foster parents to provide children with the safety, security, comfort, and limits they need to develop and maintain positive social and educational skills. When a child is in foster care, the Department works closely with the child’s parents in an effort to safely reunite the family as quickly as possible.

Foster and Adoptive Parenting

There is always a need for loving families to provide temporary or permanent homes to Niagara County children in need. Foster parents receive monthly stipends to cover the costs of a child’s food and shelter. Adoptive parents are sometimes eligible for on-going subsidies to help defray expenses. Foster and adoptive parents must participate in both initial and on-going training in order to receive initial and on-going certification.

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Quarterly informational meetings are free and opened to Niagara County residents. Call (716)278-8702 to register.

●    Foster/Adoptive Parent Application:

●    Adoptive Parent Application: on-only