Foster Parent Support

It Takes a Village

They Say “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child,” and at The House, you’ve got an entire team of experts at your disposal to support you and help build a positive foster care environment.

Access to Education

The House has their very own team of trainers who are able to provide one-on-one or group trainings to help you improve both your competence and confidence. We provide our mandatory trainings monthly in rotating schedules to ensure there is always a training schedule that can work for you.

Highest Standards

We are a Trauma Informed Care Agency, certified through The Sanctuary Institute. We truly believe in the importance of understanding trauma and how it impacts not only the child, but our staff and Foster Parents as well. Through our commitment to Open Communication, our doors are always open to your concerns, comments, or suggestions to ensure that your voice is heard.

Fostering Sanctuary

We are constantly improving and evolving, much in the way, we strive for our children to do. If there is something that needs to be improved, we want to hear about it. As part of our commitment to Growth and Change, we offer a monthly psychoeducation foster parent support group facilitated by trained staff. This provides an opportunity for foster parents to share ideas and to ensure that we are aware of their on-going needs. 


The House of the Good Shepherd Foster Care Program offers free 12 week training classes.


Jamie Andrews - 315.272.8474


Utica Application
for Foster Care Certification



Chelsea Martin - 315.782.8064 x32

Jessica Thompson - 315.782.8064 x31


Watertown Application
for Foster Care Certification


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