Hillside Strong: Foster Parenting

Make a difference in the life of a child—for a night, a week, or a lifetime

Hundreds of youth in your community need help. They can’t live at home because of a variety of family challenges. Like all children, they need a stable and supportive environment to help them succeed.

As a Hillside foster parent, you’ll make that difference. Our foster parents provide a loving environment for youth ages 3 to 21 and help them learn important life skills. Full- and part-time foster parenting options are available. Start your journey today!

Therapeutic Foster Parents

As a Therapeutic Foster Parent, you’ll provide a safe and therapeutic environment for youth whose behaviors make it difficult for them to remain at home or can’t be managed at a lower level of foster care. The goal of Therapeutic Foster Care is to reunite youth with their families, or if the child is freed, to establish a permanent adoptive family.

Respite Foster Parents

As a Respite Foster Parent, you’ll provide an alternate setting for youth in need of short-term care and stability due to any number of temporary family crises that could affect their ability to remain healthy and safe. Depending on your location, you may be a great fit for Hillside’s Emergency Respite Bed or HCBS Planned or Crisis Respite services.

Join Our Family! 

Becoming a Hillside foster parent doesn’t just provide a loving home for a child in need. It gives you the support of being part of the Hillside family.

Our foster parents receive:

  • Extensive free training that prepares you for this important work
  • Helpful guidance through the New York State certification process
  • A generous daily stipend to meet the needs of the child in your care
  • 24/7 on-call support from trained Hillside staff—you’re never alone

Foster Parenting FAQs

Do I have a genuine love for children?

Great foster parents care deeply for children and have a great deal of empathy that helps get them through the ups and downs of parenting.

How old do I have to be, to become a foster parent?

State law requires foster parents be 21 years of age or older.

Is there room in my heart and my home?

If you have a loving home, and a bed a child can call their own, you’re well on your way.

Do I enjoy helping children build on their strengths and develop important life skills?

All children have unique strengths that you, as their foster parent, can help uncover and use to set them on the path to success.

Am I willing to participate in free training to prepare me for foster parenting?

A free 10-session training program will help you be ready for the joys and challenges that are part of being a foster parent.

Click the link above to provide basic background information and begin your journey as a foster parent!

A Hillside team member will get back to you quickly.

If you’re not yet ready to provide your information, click the link above or email info@hillside.com.

You’ll be connected with a Hillside team member who can answer your questions and help you get started.

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70 Jewett Parkway
Buffalo NY 14214

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50 Batavia City Center
Batavia NY 14020

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Lockport, NY 14094

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