The Harbour Light Therapeutic Foster Care Program has been working with children and families since 1994. Our Program Director has been with Harbour Light since its inception, and has based its foundation on four core principles: dedication, commitment, compassion, and integrity. The staff is dedicated to providing the children in our care the opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency. Our foster parents serve as the touchstone of the program, providing the children the least restrictive home environment, while offering stability, support, structure, trust, guidance, safety, and love.
Harbour Light Foster Parents are trained and certified in the 12-week Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting/Group Preparation and Selection Program (MAPP/GPS), or an 8-week individualized Deciding Together Program, which are both designed to offer insight for perspective foster/adoptive parents to make an informed decision. In addition to receiving this certification, foster parents must be at least 21 years old, deemed eligible to provide care to our youth as per all background clearance checks, and be willing to attend all ongoing and required training. We look to our foster parents to help us give the children who are in need of protection, a safe and nurturing home they so deserve, while their birth parents are able to work on the issues which led to an out-of-home placement. Our Harbour Light team of staff and foster parents provide 24-hour support and behavioral management skills.
The Department of Social Services serves as the referral source for the children who are in our Harbour Light Therapeutic Foster Care Program. A team approach among Ulster County DSS, Harbour Light staff, our foster parents, and birth parent involvement whenever appropriate, are the cornerstone of the program.
We are privileged to be a part of providing the opportunity to change the lifetime of a child by sharing hearts, opening homes, and giving hope.
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