NAFI New York will hold an online open house Jan. 7 for prospective foster families, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Click the link below to join the open house:
Shawn White, our Home Finding Supervisor, will lead the open house with the assistance of Fay Williams of the Wraparound Program.
“The open house will welcome people who are interested in becoming foster parents and introduce them to NAFI. I will also let them know when the orientations will be and discuss their reasons for this journey,” Shawn White explained.
NAFI NY provides specialized foster care and therapeutic services to youth with mental health and behavioral issues. While a number of these children have developmental disabilities, many are dealing with the consequences of abuse, neglect and other various traumas. The program uses a wraparound approach to services, with the specially trained foster parents acting as the foundation of the youth’s treatment team. Therapists and case managers work side-by-side with the caregivers to support and provide treatment to the child in care.
NAFI currently has foster care homes in Westchester, Albany, Orange, and Rockland counties.
The issues and topics that will be covered in the Jan. 7 open house include:
- Background and the history of NAFI
- Who is able to be a foster parent
- The type of parents NAFI is seeking
- The process of licensing their home
- Foster parents’ responsibilities
- The different reasons for placement
- A snapshot of the youth we serve
- Why we are therapeutic agency
- The stipend foster parents receive
when a youth is placed in their home
- The range of services NAFI provides
The next phase for foster parents who are interested in partnering with NAFI NY is an orientation process.
Upcoming dates are:
- Jan. 21
- Feb. 16
- March 16
- April 13
- May 17
- June 15
All orientation sessions will be virtual and held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Anyone with questions about foster care or the upcoming events may email ShawnWhite@nafi.com or call 845-743-4486.
NAFI New York’s mission is creating diverse and innovative services for people as a multi-service agency that provides programming, consultation and individualized support services to youth and families in a variety of community-based settings.
The agency was established within the North American Family Institute in 2005 with the ground-breaking Westchester Wraparound program. From there, NAFI NY has grown to be known as a leader in community-based and therapeutic foster care programming for youth and families.
The foundation for all of our diverse services and programs are the common values and beliefs known as the Normative Community Approach. It is not a prescriptive model but rather a culmination of our basic assumptions and beliefs about working with people. It forms a framework for building community and empowering people to find their voice.