Family Foster Care & Adoption Services
Foster families provided loving, nurturing, temporary homes for children who
were unable to reside with their biological family because of serious allegations of
abuse and neglect. MercyFirst works to reunite children with their families and create new families through adoption.
Foster Homes are provided by families living in the community. Parents are licensed and trained to provide loving and nurturing homes for children who are temporarily unable to reside with their biological family because of serious allegations of abuse or neglect. Many relatives of a child in foster care step up to become a Kinship Foster Parent with the same responsibilities as a Foster Parent. This allows a child to reside with a relative who knows and is familiar to the child which helps reduce the trauma of not being able to remain at home with their parents.
MercyFirst also provides Treatment Family Foster Care for children with serious behavioral and/or emotional issues. Treatment Family Foster Care Parents receive more specialized training than a regular foster parent. Professional staff are also involved to provide more support for the foster parent and the child.
Foster Parents provide a safe home for children placed in their care and assist MercyFirst in making sure the child goes to school, attends appointments for medical and counseling services, visits and spends time with their siblings, as well as their parents whenever possible. Foster Parents play a vital role in helping to reunite children with their biological families but can also create new families through adoption when returning home is not an option.
In addition to the various evidence-based services that are provided in all our programs, Caseworkers in every program provide permanency planning in coordination with the Local Social Services District and Family Court. Solution Based Casework (SBC) is MercyFirst’s Evidence-based case management model of practice.