SCO Family of Services

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1 Alexander Place
Glenn Cove, NY 11542
United States

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DayHours
Monday 9 AM-5 PM
Tuesday 9 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 9 AM-5 PM
Thursday 9 AM-5 PM
Friday 9 AM-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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For over 50 years, SCO Family of Services’ Foster Care practice has been helping children and their families grow, heal and thrive. We find safe, temporary families for children and teens throughout New York City and Long Island. In addition to family foster care, we also provide therapeutic foster care for children with behavioral health challenges and group homes for older teens and young moms with babies.

The ultimate goal of foster care is permanency. We work to ensure that children are safely reunified with their family, placed in loving adoptive homes, or confidently set on the path to adulthood.


Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • 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

3.8 / 5
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Stephanie Jones
Sep 16, 2022

Foster mothers don’t receive their checks on time they say the 15th but it don’t come on the 15th it’s 15th to the 18th they need ti fix their payroll

Rating: 1

Mimi Job
May 08, 2020

I advise that no one should apply to jobs at SCO Family of Services.

A "Recruiter" named Charlie Gonzalez emailed me yesterday (5/7/20) and scheduled a "Google Hangouts"
'email chat/text' interview for 9 AM this morning (5/8/20), regarding a position I had applied to on 5/1/20.

We then mutually confirmed the interview time and date, via a series of emails.

I was on the email chat/text at the specified time today.

After 14 minutes of waiting for him to reply, and several texts to him during that 14 minutes of time - I ended the chat (politely) - and left it open for him to follow up.

He has not followed up to date (it's now 2:34 pm).

SMH ....

Rating: 1

Allen Levy
Feb 01, 2020

quiet

Rating: 5

Anita Bušić
Jul 30, 2019

These guys are simply GREAT! They're helping tens of thousands of New Yorkers to live a better life. The entire team consists of very self-giving people.

Rating: 5

Doom Boom
Jun 06, 2019

They do amazing work for the community.

Rating: 5