Catholic Family Center

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87 North Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604
United States

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Monday 9 AM-9 PM
Tuesday 9 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 9 AM-5 PM
Thursday 9 AM-9 PM
Friday 9 AM-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Comprehensive services that support strong families.

Building and strengthening families, as well as individuals within families, is at the very heart of the support Catholic Charities provides to children and their parents and guardians.

From adoption services to early intervention to help keep families together, to foster care for youth from all over the world fleeing abuse, neglect, and violence. All of our services and programs are focused on helping families build, strengthen, and achieve their full potential.

Our mission: We walk with the most vulnerable as they journey toward independence, with dignity, to reach their full human potential. As a member of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester, we advocate for those in need throughout every stage of life and work in partnership with faith communities of all denominations and with those who are committed to addressing local needs.

Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption
  • Other

Requirements to become a foster parent

Raising foster children is a rewarding and life-changing experience. You can make a real difference in a child's life, helping them on a path toward success.

Remember that fostering affects the whole family, so talk to your partner and biological children if you're considering this journey. Learn more about what to expect and ensure it fits your lifestyle. You must be healthy and have enough time and energy to care for a child and meet their needs. This is important for gaining foster parent approval because every child must have this foundation of support.

Each state has requirements for foster parents. In New York, applicants must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Live in a safe and stable environment
  • Have enough space for a foster child
  • Show financially stability
  • Prove that all family members are in good health
  • Pass a background check
  • Clear a home safety inspection
  • Attend required foster parent training
  • Complete the Home Study process
  • Provide a minimum of three character references

Foster families in New York can rent or own their homes. Adults can become foster parents no matter their marital or divorce status. All adults who are living in the home with foster children must pass the New York required criminal background check. Every adult must complete both state and federal background checks and undergo fingerprinting.

Interested candidates can make the first call to foster services and get the approval and licensing process started. Contact the New York Office of Children and Family Services (NYOCFS) or your local Department of Social Services (DSS). The first step after expressing interest will be to attend a foster orientation. Potential foster parents can learn about the approval process at the event and get questions answered by a foster child advocate.

The foster parent training requirement begins with pre-service training. After getting licensed, foster parents must participate in ongoing training and educational programs.

Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

3.2 / 5
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Adam M
May 02, 2023

Love the mental health center but sad that I will no longer be able to see the therapist that has helped me with my health because I am moving out of Monroe county it's unfair I have to get out to better myself and I didn't know Danville was not covered by them and that I will have to find new therapist which is not easy for me because it's like starting all over in my mental health recovery I am very concerned about the outcome of there decision to not let me work with Joe and how it's going to effect my mental health I appreciate the help and thank you guys for it but if I lose joe I hope I am ready to go it alone because he is not easily replaceable thanks Joe for your help

Rating: 3

zoukriat Albaram
Apr 09, 2023

Very bad customer service in front

Rating: 1

Melissa Singleton
Jan 14, 2023

Great ppl

Rating: 5

Melvin Valdez
Nov 16, 2022

Sherry was very un pleasant to work work very judgmental and rude!! She immediately is judged my situation and assumed i had a problem!! Then said im turned down. Ive worked with nice people and not this lady. Fire her.

Rating: 1

Nasreen Noori
Nov 01, 2022

They don’t help me. I called couple time. The operator answer me. She transferred me to immigration department. But never reached them.

Rating: 1