Share the Love: Become a Foster Parent

Forestdale is looking for special people to provide temporary homes, guidance, and love to young people who cannot safely remain with their parents. Your role is to provide children and teens with the emotional support they need to heal and thrive. At the same time, you work with Forestdale to help birth parents make progress towards rebuilding their families. In most cases, foster children reunite with their birth parents; when it is not safe to do so, Forestdale will facilitate the adoption process.

As a foster parent, you will provide what all loving parents do: food, shelter, clothing, stability, discipline and a caring home environment. Foster parents serve as champions for the children in their care, helping them gain self-esteem, achieve in school, and acquire the life skills they need to lead fulfilling lives. If you love and understand children, you’ve already met many of our qualifications.


Forestdale, Inc. is seeking to certify Foster Parents to provide Respite Care.  As a respite foster parent you will take short-term, temporary placements of children. The children can remain with you on a short-term basis. A respite parent will be available to assist the child’s foster parent with time away from their duties, vacation placement or for the foster parents to take care of personal business.   The certification process is the same.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a foster parent at Forestdale, please email, or contact the Foster Parent Support and Recruitment Department at 718-263-0740 x602.

Virtual Foster Parent Recruitment

Tuesday, December 1st Noon-2PM

Wednesday, December 9th 5:30PM-7:30PM

You can respond via text (347) 469-1002 or e-mail: if interested in receiving the Zoom link.

Online foster parent training is available here.

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