127 Bloomingrove Drive, Troy, New York 12180
Phone (518) 833-6000 Fax (518) 283-7884
The mission of Rensselaer County is to provide quality services, within available resources, in a timely and compassionate manner, which encourages and enables client self-sufficiency, preservation and family unit, with assurances for mutual respect and dignity of residents of Rensselaer County.
Foster Care Services provide children and youth with a temporary home in the community. Foster Care settings vary in level and intensity depending on the needs of a child.
Homefinding Services recruits, trains and certifies prospective foster and adoptive families for children in foster care.
Adoption Services assists children who are freed by the court for adoption (either by terminated parental rights or surrender rights) and that have no permanent guardian to become adopted.
Prevention Services are available to families with children "at risk" of placement into FOSTER CARE. The goal of Prevention Services is to preserve, support and strengthen the family unit and insure the safety of the child by:
- Preventing child abuse and neglect
- Reducing the number of placements into foster care for children receiving prevention services
- Promoting the health, development and well-being of children.
The Independent Living Program provides services for youth residing in foster care who have a discharge goal of independent living.
Open your heart and home, become a foster or adoptive parent.
Here in the Capital Region, there is a great need for families who are willing and able to open their homes and their hearts to children who cannot live with their birth families. We need your help by sharing your love with children in our community who need a family.
A foster parent is someone who can provide care and love for children who are temporarily unable to live with their birth families. An adoptive parent is someone who can provide a permanent home for a child who is freed for adoption.
Learn what is required to become a certified foster or adoptive home from agency representatives and experienced foster parents. Information sessions are free with no obligations.
The following web sites are not related to Rensselaer County and will open in a new browser window:
General New York State Foster Care and Adoption Information
New York State Office of Children and Family Services
NYS Foster Care & Adoption Info
Foster/Adoptive Parent GPS II/MAPP Classes
All foster and adoptive parents are required to attend a 30+ hour training, Group Preparation and Selection II/Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (GPS/MAPP). Classes are offered in Fall, Winter and Spring.
2015 Spring MAPP Class Schedule (updated 2/4/15) **This is an updated schedule with different dates than what was previously posted***
For more information on foster care and adoption, please contact:
'The Home Finders Unit'
Department of Social Services
127 Bloomingrove Drive
Troy, New York 12180
Phone: (518) 833-6000
Fax: (518) 283-7884