June 8, 2022
The center will provide temporary housing and support services to eligible youth in Monroe County foster homes ages 10-17.
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The new Monroe County Foster Care Stabilization Center opened today, providing support services for youth ages 10-17 who have struggled to succeed in traditional foster homes. The centre, located at 1751 Penfield Road, can accommodate up to eight children.
“No child should be left homeless. This foster home stabilization center will provide a safe space and short-term support services to help stabilize a young person’s behavior to better ensure a successful foster home placement,” said Monroe County Executive Adam Bello. “Thank you to our Department of Social Services, the City of Penfield and the Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference for bringing this much needed service to Monroe County and putting the needs of our at-risk children first.”
The Monroe County Department of Human Services (DHS) selected the Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference to administer this new countywide program. Children’s Home will provide a variety of services (medical, behavioral, educational) to support young people and help stabilize their behavior. The program is licensed and monitored by the New York State Office of Child and Family Services in Rochester and additional monitoring is provided by Monroe County DHS.
The philosophy of Children’s Home emphasizes the importance of permanence, that is, keeping children connected to their family and community. They will also work with Monroe County DHS to find suitable long-term placements as needed.
“We are proud to join the Monroe County Care System supporting children and families in the foster care system,” said George Dermody, president and CEO of the Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference. “The Foster Care Stabilization Center will allow children to stay in the community and stay connected with supportive adults, caring educators and therapeutic services to maximize each young person’s potential. A key aspect of our mission is to inspire hope and help families develop positive futures. This program embodies our mission and Monroe County’s commitment to supporting children and families.
About the children’s home:
With over 100 years of experience in the social service field and 35 years of providing stabilization services, Children’s Home is committed to improving the overall quality of life for all clients and providing related services. Their mission is to partner with children, families and communities to inspire hope, build skills and cultivate healthy relationships for a positive future. Children’s Home (CHWC) offers a range of family and child support programs throughout New York State, serving 800 youth and families each year and employing more than 600 people. For more information, visit the Children’s Home website at www.chowc.org.