FOSTER CARE & CHILD WELFARE SERVICES
Catholic Guardian Services (CGS) is one of the oldest and largest foster care providers in the State of New York, serving more than 1,000 children annually throughout the New York City area. Protecting children and placing them into loving and permanent homes is at the very center of our mission.
We provide both community-based family foster care services, working with foster parents who open their homes to youth who have been placed in the child welfare system, as well as group homes for adolescents, many of whom have special emotional needs or who may be raising children of their own. Our foster families develop special skills to provide holistic, trauma-informed support for children with chronic physical or mental health conditions. We also provide crisis intervention, medical, and mental health services to the children and families in our care.
Our primary goal is to achieve permanency for each child as quickly as possible. Each child’s family is engaged and involved with our social services staff to develop solutions that empower parents and children to reunite safely whenever possible. In addition, Catholic Guardian Services’ adoption services are some of the strongest in the country, settling increasingly large cohorts of children into permanent placements with new families each year.
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.