Supporting foster families in building better futures for children and youth

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Fostering Futures NY (FFNY), a program of Welfare Research, Inc., is most grateful for the generous grants and contributions from our Community Supporters. In 2018, we received funds from many Community Supporters including Northern Rivers, CAP COM Federal Credit Union, William Gundry Broughton Charitable Private Foundation, Inc. and Rensselaer County Department of Social Services, as well as continued funding from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services and The Schenectady Foundation. It is through the generosity of community partners like these that FFNY is able to continue to provide needed support to local foster families through our volunteer teams. For a complete list of partners to date, please visit our list of Community Partners and Individual Donors.

Community support and collaboration remain a critical component of FFNY's success and allow us the opportunity to highlight the need for support for foster parents and youth in care. Over the past year, we have been fortunate to partner with organizations such as JetBlue, Boscov's, and the Schenectady County Community College Student Volunteer Organization (SVO).  

We are also pleased to be working with the University at Albany School of Social Welfare. Alissa Abbott, a second year MSW student, has been placed with WRI/FFNY to complete her field placement. She will work closely with WRI/FFNY staff on program evaluation, organizational outcomes, data collection, and analysis.

Fostering Futures NY (FFNY) is a program of Welfare Research, Inc., a nonprofit agency in New York's Capital Region. FFNY recruits and trains teams of volunteers from the community to provide natural and practical support to foster families.

FFNY teams provide stability, enriching experiences, and vital community connections for foster families and children in the Capital Region. Since the program began in 2014, FFNY has:

  • Worked with foster care agencies and foster families
  • Developed relationships with community service groups
  • Recruited volunteer teams in Albany, Schenectady, and Rensselaer counties.

Are you thinking about supporting Fostering Futures NY as a donor or on a volunteer team? Take a moment to view our video and hear firsthand about the heartfelt connections happening between fostering families and their volunteer teams.

As put best by, Jim, an FFNY volunteer in the video,

"It's very hard for me to put in words the emotional connection you make with these kids. It's just the most beautiful thing...I would say to someone who is considering to do this, that it's probably the best decision they'll make of their life. It's probably the one thing that you can do that would have more impact on more people than any other thing you can do."

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FFNY is grateful for the financial support it has received from community partners and individual donors. Their generosity will allow us to both maintain the program and expand it to serve more foster families and children.

List of Community Partners and Individual Donors

"I wanted to thank you all for the wonderful meals that you prepared for us!  We all thank and appreciate all that you do for our family!  You have all become an extended family to ours! We truly do have the best Team around!"  — April & Michael, Foster Parents
"When I was asked to be a team member two years ago, I immediately said yes, since this seemed like a worthwhile opportunity to, in a small and personal way, make a difference in and an impact on my local community."  — Jenny, Volunteer
"Thanks to our team members at Fostering Futures, my husband and I were able to sneak out for anniversary dinner alone tonight ♥ much appreciated!"  — Candice, Foster Mom

The challenge of foster parenting

Foster parenting is a difficult job. Even experienced foster parents say that sometimes they need a little help from caring friends. FFNY provides a source of needed support for foster families and vital community connections for children and youth in foster care.


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The support of an "extended family"

FFNY teams serve as "extended families" for foster parents and children. Team members pitch in when foster families ask for help with everyday tasks, affirming the value of what foster parents do and encouraging them to keep on doing it.


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The power of community

FFNY brings together a unique network of caring organizations and individuals. Public and private foster care agencies, community service groups, and a wide range of community partners collaborate to ease the burden on foster parents and improve quality of life for children and youth in care.


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Form an FFNY team

Community organizations help recruit members for their own FFNY teams. No financial or structural commitment is needed; training and ongoing supervision is provided by FFNY.

Become a community partner

Businesses, service organizations, and other community groups can help out by sponsoring a team or FFNY event.

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Contact the FFNY Program Director for more information.