Supporting foster families in building better futures for children and youth
Fostering Futures NY (FFNY), a program of Welfare Research Inc., is most grateful for the recent grants provided by The Schenectady Foundation, The Review Foundation and Rensselaer County Department of Social Services. 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 on this page.
We also have been fortunate to have the Student Volunteer Organization at Schenectady County Community College donate their time and energy to FFNY through various service projects. In 2017, the students raised funds to organize an appreciation event for foster families and volunteers and purchased and assembled holiday gift packages for FFNY foster parents.
We truly appreciate the efforts of all who have helped us continue to make a positive impact on the lives of children in foster care.
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:
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.
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Businesses, service organizations, and other community groups can help out by sponsoring a team or FFNY event.
To join, please contact us with your request. Be sure to include your full name, email address, and “Newsletter” in the subject line. Thank you.Contact Us