DSS and DPW team up for Foster Parent Recruitment
The Cattaraugus County Department of Social Services and the Cattaraugus County Department of Public Works are pleased to unveil their latest effort to help children and families in need in the county. On September 28, DPW staff installed two 4x8 foot signs in front of the Olean county building at 1 Leo Moss Drive, encouraging families to consider becoming Cattaraugus County foster parents. The opiod epidemic and other factors have led to a sharp increase in the number of children in foster care over the past several years and the need for more foster homes is significant. The department of Social Services facilitates two 10 week sessions for prospective foster parents in the fall and spring of each year to engage prospective foster parents who are interested in foster care and/or adoption.
"The need for foster homes in Cattaraugus County has been an emerging area for the families we serve and our partnership with DPW helps us further our mission to recruit prospective foster parents", said Deputy Commissioner Anthony Turano, who added, "The DPW staff has always been there for us and the families we serve. At Christmas, they run a toy drive that helps children in foster care know that people care for them and understand their struggles. I can't thank the DPW staff enough for their ongoing generosity."
Those interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent should contact foster home finder Dawn Westfall at 716-701-3279.