National Foster Care Month is a time to celebrate foster families and their commitment to children and youth placed in their care, acknowledge the role of foster care providers and raise awareness of the need for more foster homes.


The House of the Good Shepherd (HGS) provides vital foster care and community-based services to more than 500 children and their families in Oneida and Jefferson Counties.


The organization also administers residential services with a special education school on its Utica campus. In 2021, HGS assisted 945 children with a team of 360 people dedicated to the mission of changing children’s lives.


Foster care is intended to be a short-term intervention to ensure the safety of a child that has been removed from their home until they can be reunified with a parent or placed in a permanent adoptive or guardianship home.


While HGS has an exceptional network of foster parents, the need for new foster homes continues to grow. If you or someone you know are looking to become a foster parent, visit or call 315-272-8474.


About HGS  

The House of the Good Shepherd (HGS) is the leading provider of treatment, education, and support programs to the children and families of the communities we serve. For 150 years, HGS has been committed to changing children’s lives by providing a high-quality continuum of services delivered within the context of family, culture, and community.

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