OLV Human Services

Contact Information

790 Ridge Road
Lackawanna, NY 14218
United States

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Monday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Statement of Purpose

OLV Human Services strives to prepare, support, and empower individuals to achieve their life goals.



OLV Human Services considers the following values to be the guiding principles necessary to successfully fulfill our organizational goals.

  • Teamwork - Working together toward a common goal with trust and support
  • Respect - Valuing skills, experiences, and knowledge that differ from your own
  • Integrity - Doing the right thing by being truthful, honest, and consistent
  • Adaptability - Willing to be creative, flexible, and innovative while accomplishing goals
  • Accountability - Following through on commitments and expectations 


Philosophy of Service

OLVHS is committed to providing Trauma Informed Care.  All staff receive training in “Risking Connection”, an organizational model which emphasizes the concepts of empowerment, connection, and collaboration.

Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Specialized / Therapeutic Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption

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

4.3 / 5
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Ross Robert
Sep 22, 2023


Rating: 5

John Logan
Jul 31, 2023

Excellent staff and the service is very appreciated and helpful

Rating: 5

Paul Piniewski
May 18, 2023

This company is vary helpful

Rating: 5

Ed Napkin
May 04, 2023

Good place, but you have to wear a diaper on your face because of that cold / flu from years ago. Coronasomething.

Rating: 2

Patricia Wales
Feb 22, 2023

I was. Very happy with my dentist. I had to wait over a half hour to be taken,other wise perfect

Rating: 4