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Five Years of Service

FFNY Celebrates Five Year Anniversary!

2019 marked the five year anniversary of FFNY's launch in the Capital District.  In that time, we have been honored to support over 100 children in foster care and the amazing foster parents who care for them. We are thankful for the ongoing support of our partner agencies, Northern Rivers, St. Catherine's Center for Children, Berkshire Farm, and the local districts of social services. We are grateful for the community support from our participating organizations and generous benefactors. 

Over the past five years, our dedicated volunteers have provided homework help, countless meals, childcare and a supportive listening ear. An offer to come help clean out a garage, repair a fence, organize a closet, or even fold laundry is such a help for a foster family.  As you can imagine, our foster families appreciate an extra pair of hands when they go somewhere challenging—such as an amusement park, special event, or the playground.  A big family or one with special needs really appreciates just an extra adult along. Our volunteers help with homework, play games and celebrate special occasions such as birthdays or a good report card.  Sometimes the most important thing our teams do is also the simplest: listen.  Foster parents often experience aspects of their parenting journey that they never imagined. They may just need a supportive and listening ear as they navigate the unique needs, challenges and victories of their foster children, as they pursue connection and healing. Thank you to everyone who has supported FFNY and helped us to make a positive impact on the lives of youth in foster care.

Fostering Futures NY (FFNY) is a program piloted by 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 supporters. 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 Supporters

"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.