Last Updated:

 07/11/12 09:52:55 AM


Foster Family Program

St. Catherine's has an immediate need for foster parents.
Call 453-6735 today to learn more.

St. Catherine's Center for Children offers therapeutic foster care. What is therapeutic foster care? It is temporary care for children who have emotional and behavioral needs that may be treated in a home setting by specially trained foster parents. 


About our children

The children in therapeutic foster care represent all ethnic groups and ages (ranging from pre-school to adolescence). They have emotional, behavioral, or developmental needs that require special skills and strengths from trained foster parents.


They need a consistent, predictable, and nurturing home environment to help them cope and grow. 



Who is a foster parent?
A foster parent is someone who can provide temporary care and love for children who are unable to live with their birth families. A foster parent is someone who:
  • Wants to make a difference in a child's life
  • Is flexible and capable of handling stressful situations
  • Is working or is a stay-at-home parent
  • Can work as a member of a team that consists of families, social workers, and other professionals
  • Can help prepare a child for a return to his or her birth family, or prepare the child for adoption
  • May become an adoptive parent
Who can become a foster parent?
You can apply to become a foster parent for children with special needs if you:
  • Are at least 21 years old
  • Are residing in a stable home environment
  • Have sufficient income to meet your own family's needs
  • Are in good health
  • Can make room in your home and heart for children who need safe, temporary care

How can I become a foster parent?

  • Attend an orientation session

  • Complete an application process

  • Provide personal references and current medical reports

  • Attend our pre-certification training classes

  • Participate in a home study

How will St. Catherine's Center for Children help me?

  • Provide foster parent support training and monthly paid respite

  • Provide 24-hour emergency services

  • Provide support and services for the child in care

  • Provide financial and medical support to meet the needs of the child

What can I do now?  Call 453-6735 and schedule an appointment today!
General Information:
Mailing Address:        40 North Main Avenue
                                    Albany, NY 12203-1425

Service Location:       40 North Main Avenue

                                    Albany, NY 12203-1425
Telephone Number:  (518) 453-6735
Fax Number:              (518) 641-6832
Hours and Days:  Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
For More Information Or Referrals:
Contact Therapeutic Family Programs at (518) 453-6735.