Foster Care and Adoption

376 State Route 37, Akwesasne
Weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 518-358-4516
Emergency Contact: Tribal Police 518-358-9200

Foster Care is the temporary care of children whose families are having problems that put the children at risk for abuse or neglect. The two types of foster care are voluntary and court-mandated placements. When children are placed in the legal custody of the Social Services Division, the best suitable housing arrangement for the child is determined. The safety of the child is always the priority of this process. In foster care, it is preferable to keep siblings together and under the care of a person that they are already familiar with. Types of placement include: family member/relative, regular foster care, residential or respite (emergency, temporary placement). Adoption gives children a permanent home. Often foster parents choose to adopt their foster child when it is not possible for the child to return home safely. You do not need to be a foster parent to adopt a child. As an adoptive parent, you will receive financial assistance, support through home visits and training opportunities.