Child Welfare Services

Foster Care


Foster parents play an essential role in providing temporary, safe, and nurturing homes to children when their parents are unable to care for them.

New York State continues to be a leader in finding permanent safe and nurturing homes for our children.  The number of children in foster care in New York has decreased from 53,902 children in 1995 to 27,187 in 2006, a significant reversal of the trends in the 1980’s and early 1990’s.  There have been tremendous strides made in bringing families together across New York State.

Please consider becoming a foster parent.  We provide classes and ongoing training to foster parents in our community.  Whenever possible we try to match foster children with foster parents who fit best together. We focus on reuniting children with their families of origin whenever possible.  This is done by focusing on strengths and implementing appropriate services.  We must remain vigilant to give our children the best care and support possible, while working to bring permanency and stability into their lives.

We encourage you to visit the website listed below to learn more about the foster care process.  This website contains detailed information about New York State’s foster care system and the needs of children in temporary out-of-home placement.

For more information about foster care, please call 1-800-345-KIDS or

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) foster care point of contact for Wyoming County is Kimberley Barber, Director of Children and Family Services.  She can be reached at 585-786-8900 or

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