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.
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.
If you are interested in becoming a Foster Parent contact us: 718-228-1515 ext. 163 or ext. 174
Unaccompanied minors program
Catholic Guardian Services (CGS) provides shelter and care for unaccompanied minor children from foreign countries through a partnership with the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement Program. The numbers of unaccompanied minors in our care has been growing rapidly in recent years. Many of these minors are sent to the United States by their families to escape abuse in the form of persecution, human trafficking, gangs and forced labor and most come from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
CGS provides shelter for up to 44 unaccompanied minors in our group shelters and transitional foster boarding homes. These youth and children are not U.S. citizens and have been apprehended by immigration officials or other authorities while traveling alone, or without an adult. These youth and children are in the care of CGS for usually 30-60 days during which we attempt to locate a “sponsor” – typically a parent, family member, or family friend – with whom the child can live pending the final outcome of legal proceedings involving their immigration status. Most of these children come into the country with the name and address of someone with whom they are trying to reunite. CGS counselors are trained in interviewing techniques to determine if trafficking is an issue in each case.