Foster Care

All children deserve love, stability and safety. When they cannot find this at home, Catholic Charities agencies step in. For more than a century, we have been recognized as major providers of high-quality foster care throughout New York.


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Serving Up Summer Fun for New York Children

Posted on August 2, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

From Ice Cream to Art

Despite – or, perhaps, thanks to - these steamy August days, children served by Catholic Charities affiliated agencies are having a blast! From toddlers to teens, from able bodied to those with challenges and from Staten Island all the way up to Sullivan County, children are learning, growing and, bottom line, celebrating the summer.

Here are some highlights:


Foster Children Transformed into Bronx Zoo “Explorers for a Day”

Posted on July 17, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

A Huge Thank You from Cardinal McCloskey Community Services

Cardinal McCloskey Services - Explorer for the Day at the Bronx Zoo

Finally – Good News for Children in Foster Care

Posted on June 12, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

SUNY Approves Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School

Finally, good news for children who suffer far too much -- those in foster care, at risk and in the neediest communities – children who too often age out of school, then fall behind in life.  After years of planning and negotiations, the just-approved Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School can offer these children a chance at a better future.

Therapeutic Foster Boarding Homes

Children with serious emotional, behavioral and other challenging conditions often benefit from family-based alternatives rather than institutional treatment. This is tough work. Catholic Charities supports participants who offer therapeutic foster boarding homes by providing frequent home visits, respite and emergency on-call services.

Find a Catholic Charities agency to become a foster parent.

Foster Boarding Home Programs

Children are placed in temporary, safe homes when their families are unable to care for them. In some cases, courts determine children must be removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. In others, children are awaiting permanent placement with an adoptive family.

Foster parents are screened, certified and complete a comprehensive 30-hour training program.  This enables them to capably address the multiple issues these children face.  Issues range from separation and loss to shared parenting, behavior management, positive discipline and permanency planning.

Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth

All children deserve the opportunity to develop social skills, gain confidence and develop lasting values that will serve them as adults. Catholic Charities' network of services aims to address the physical, emotional and psychological needs of children and their families.