Catholic Guardian is pleased to announce a partnership with Hearts to Homes to support young adults who are aging out of our foster care program. Hearts to Homes’ mission is to assist these newly independent young adults by providing the essentials to furnish a new home. In creating a more comfortable living environment, Hearts to Homes complements other Catholic Guardian programs that help our foster youth make a successful transition to independence. This newest campaign will assist four young adults from our foster care program. An online “virtual” housewarming is being held. Please consider joining the housewarming and support our young adults. Every item purchased, and every dollar donated, will help our young adults move from Foster Care to First Home.
FOSTER CARE & CHILD WELFARE SERVICES
CGS is one of the largest foster care providers in the State of New York, serving approximately 1000 children annually throughout the New York City area. Protecting children and helping them gain a loving and permanent home is at the very center of our work and mission.
We provide both community-based family foster care services, working with foster parents who open their homes to children and youth who have been placed in the child welfare system, and group homes for adolescents, some of whom have special emotional needs or who are raising children of their own. Our foster families develop special skills to enable them care for children who have chronic physical conditions or who need mental health supports. We also provide crisis intervention services and both medical and mental health services to those in our care.
Our primary goal is for children to achieve permanency as quickly as possible. Each child’s family, either the parents or other kin, is engaged with our social service staff to develop solutions that enable families to be reunited safely. As an alternative, families can plan for adoption.
If you are interested in becoming a Foster Parent contact us: 718-228-1515 ext. 163 or ext. 174
One of our newer programs, which is at the heart of our mission to provide hope and dignity, is our Youth Employment Services (YES) workforce development program. YES gives young people in or formerly in foster care job-skills training, coaching support, and the opportunity to gain industry-based skills and employment through our partnerships with other organizations and employers in the culinary arts, aviation, IT, and health care sectors of the workforce.