Become a Foster Parent


Foster care is a temporary arrangement where licensed families care for children who are in the legal custody of the Commissioner of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services until their birth parents can care for them again or until the child is adopted or another permanent living arrangement is made.  Saint Dominic’s Family Services has four types of foster care programs:


The four types of foster homes are:

  • Kinship Foster Homes: These families are related to the children/adolescents or have significant relationship with the parents or child/adolescent prior to the child entering foster care.
  • Regular Foster Homes: These families are individuals who care for children they do not know or have a significant relationship with the birth parents. They play a crucial role in helping birth families achieve reunification.  If children/adolescents cannot be reunited with their birth families, then other options like adoption are considered.
  • Treatment Foster Homes: These families are specially trained to care for children/adolescents with greater emotional, physical and/or medical needs. These parents all receive additional supports to assist in the care of these children to avoid the need for institutional care or hospitalizations.
  • Adoptive Homes: If a child/adolescent is unable to be re-united with their birth family, a foster parent will be asked if they desire to adopt that child/adolescent. Adoption is the legal way of forming a family with a child/adolescent who is not born to you.  When a child is adopted, he/she is a legal part of the adoptive family and is no longer in foster care.

Who are the children in foster care?

  • The children in foster care range in age from a few days old to 21 years of age
  • The majority of the children in foster care are African-American, Latino or have interracial backgrounds
  • Many children/adolescents have emotional, behavioral and/or medical needs
  • Many children are part of sibling groups, or are adolescents (including adolescent mothers and their babies).
  • Some children who are in care are Lesbian Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ)






2. Attend Orientation


3. Undergo a pre-screening of your home


4. Attend and complete 30-Hour MAPP training


5. Complete fingerprinting of all household members 18 and above


6. Complete State Central Registry Clearance for all household members 18 and above


7. Medicals for all household members 18 and above


8. Provide copies of a wide variety of family documents


9. Completion of a comprehensive homestudy by our trained staff