Become a Foster Parent

All children deserve support and love in a comfortable home. By becoming a foster parent, you can make a significant, positive impact in the life of a child. We need new foster parents in New York City and Westchester County to provide nurturing and stable homes for children who are temporarily unable to live with their families due to abuse or neglect. By providing a home for a child during a challenging time, you have the opportunity to build trust and instill hope so that the child can heal.  At the same time, you can create a relationship that will last for years to come.   In addition, you may provide encouragement and guidance to parents who are rebuilding their own lives along with their children.

If you decide to open your heart and your home and be a foster parent, you will receive extensive training on issues such as parenting skills, your legal rights and responsibilities as a foster parent, and medical care for children in foster care.  You will also receive the support of our Foster Parent Association.  Both through the Association and with the help of our staff, you will find support, resources and assistance from others who understand what it means to foster parent. Along with training, the Association gathers for picnics, trips to amusement parks, and other recreational activities.  We provide 24-hour support to our foster parents, so you will know someone is available to help whenever you need it. 

Although we have children in need of foster homes spanning from ages birth to teenagers, we particularly need foster parents who are willing to serve siblings, teens, teenage mothers and their babies, children who have emotional disorders, children who are considered medically fragile and youth who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender or questioning their sexual orientation.  Please consider these children when you choose to become a foster parent.

Many of our foster parents go on to adopt children who have been in their care.  We would be happy to talk with you about this possibility.

For more information or to attend an orientation meeting, call 1-888-701-6667 or email us at fosterparenting@leakeandwatts.orgIf you are over 21 years of age, have a steady income, and have a love for children, you may qualify to be a foster parent.  We are happy to answer all your questions and encourage you to call and learn more.

Leake & Watts welcomes all qualified persons as potential foster/adoptive parents regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, military, or familial status.