Foster Care

Foster Care is the temporary service provided to ensure the safety and well being of children and youth while in out-of-home care.

Foster homes are needed for all ages, but especially for teens and sibling groups.

Foster Care FamilyHelp Us Help Children & Families in Our Community

You can apply to become a foster parent if you...

  • Are at least 21 years old
  • Are in good health
  • Are married, single, or living with a partner
  • Can make room in your home and heart for a child or children who need safe, temporary care

Services provided to foster parents by the Department of Social Services include...

  • Clothing allowance for each child
  • Health insurance for each child
  • Ongoing training and 24-hour emergency services
  • Regular home visits and contact with agency staff
  • Room and board payments for the care of the child

Important Dates

There will be an orientation/informational meeting on March 19, 2019 at 7 pm at the Department of Social Services for those interested in finding out about foster care and adoption.  All are welcome to attend.


Our foster parent training is scheduled to begin on April 19, 2019. Classes run from 6 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday evening.

If you would like information about how you can register for the orientation and the foster parent training program, please call Madison County Child and Family Services at 315-366-2548.

Please call 315-366-2548 to find out more information.

Madison County Office Building QuiltMadison County Office Building Quilt

In May 2013, in honor of Foster Care Month, a special quilt hung in the Madison County Office Building lobby. The quilt was made up of squares that were decorated by children in foster care and foster parents.