Children's Home of Poughkeepsie

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10 Childrens Way
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
United States

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Monday 8 AM-5 PM
Tuesday 8 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 8 AM-5 PM
Thursday 8 AM-5 PM
Friday 8 AM-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie is a proud partner of the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program, which is the signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and establishes innovative co-investment partnerships with states to support the hiring of adoption recruiters who implement an evidence-based, child-focused recruitment model. This model has been proven to be up to three times more effective at finding permanent homes for children who have been lingering in foster care the longest.

Empowering children and families to achieve optimal health and well-being and a world where every child and family has access to the tools, skills, and support they need to thrive.

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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

4.1 / 5
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Jasmine Washburn
Aug 16, 2023

A model program of everything a program is supposed to be!!

Great community based resources. Can get your kid into any interests such as horse back riding, music producing, dance, boxing, sports, etc.

Great providers: therapists, case managers, psychologists who can be flexible with your schedule and meet with you when needed.

Great supports to help you reach your goals going into adulthood. SILP program, license, permit, and jobs. They’ll help you reach your goals and more.

This program as a resident has provided me with a safe/healthy environment where my needs and wants are fulfilled. Gave me the support and guidance I needed to learn skills I will need as an adult.

Going in all I wanted to do is remain stable. But I got even further by getting a job, finding new hobbies and outlets, learning how to cook and just simply having the hope for my future.

If you have a child ready to move forward from their mistakes or emotional pain this is the place for them.

Rating: 5

Luis Ganz
Nov 07, 2022

(Translated by Google) Well


Rating: 5

Georgia Jones
Aug 21, 2022

Unusual. I like my own room. Gj

Rating: 3

Miguel Salazar
Aug 11, 2022

(Translated by Google) Hello, I was a child who was there for a long time, at first it was horrible for me since I was a different person from the others but with time I improved thanks to all the staff who helped me if God gives me a wish it is to be able to be there one day there again because that is where I had happiness, peace and a lot of joy, Thank you for giving me a lot of peace, look now how I want advice from you and you always gave it to me and I did not appreciate it, at the end of everything I find myself in a crisis emotional, thanks for giving me study since I learned that I am a good child and a lot of how I am because I wished that I was bad but they made me understand that I was not. I am the handsome one haha

Holaa fui un niño q estuvo mucho tiempo ahi, al principio era orrible para mi ya q yo era una persona diferente alos demas pero ya con el tiempo mejore gracias a todos los staff q me ayudaron si Dios me da un deseo es poder algun dia estar ahi de nuevo porque ahi es donde yo tenia felicida, paz y mucha alegría, Gracias por darme mucha paz, miren ahora como deseo un consejo de ustedes y siempre me lo daban y yo no lo apreciaba, al final de todo me encuentro en una crisis emocinal, Gracias por darme estudio ya q aprendi q soy un bueno niño y mucho de como soy porque yo desia q era malo pero me dieron a entender q no lo era.. Soy el guapo jaja

Rating: 5

Christiana Lane
Jul 28, 2022

My daughter is still there, I have had a hard time with residential staff since she arrived. Trina, was absolutely amazing I’ve never felt as reassured as when I spoke to her, she told my daughter exactly what I did, a responsible adult and caregiver, and spent time talking to me as a parent and caregiver on the phone. She has been an amazing foundation for what my daughter needs from there. The facility itself could use help but the staff that has worked with me top notch 👍❤️

Rating: 5