Autumn has transitioned from DABSJ's Foster Care program to Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care, where she continues to grow, learn and thrive. We can't wait to witness the positive impact she will have in our community and wherever life may take her in the future!Read the story
D.A. Blodgett - St. John's firmly believes that children belong with their families. As an agency, we are committed to providing exceptional service to foster children and their families by working diligently and tirelessly towards reunification.
Our dedicated foster families provide a temporary and nurturing home until the child(ren) can be reunited with their parents or relative caregiver. You become an important piece to the family unit by supporting the family's goals, working with DABSJ staff, and caring for the child(ren) unconditionally.
We value our foster families and recognize their critical role in the success of our children and families. Because of this, we provide case management and additional supportive services to foster families every step of the way.
Become A Foster Parent
One of our greatest, on-going needs is having enough foster parents to provide homes for the children that need our help. As the number of children who come into our care increases, the need for foster parents increases too.
Foster Parent Central
Foster Parent Central is a page dedicated just to our Foster Parents where they can find great tools and resources in our community!
Foster Care Supportive Visitation Program
Nurturing Parents is taught in 12 weekly in-home visits. Each session starts with learning a skill that is immediately practiced during the supervised visit, then a review of the skill following the practice session to reinforce the learning. Foster care workers are kept informed on a weekly basis of the progress of the family toward their goals. Families that are ready to accept instruction to improve their parenting skills are appropriate referrals to the program.
Seeking Foster Families
D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s is seeking families who are able to care for school aged children and teens, as well as children with moderate to severe needs and medically fragile children.Contact Us Today
What is foster care?
About 70% of all children in foster care are in care because their parents have a substance abuse problem. Adult substance abuse, mental illness, and child sexual abuse contribute to an atmosphere where more and more children need a safe living environment while their parents work on successful treatment. Homes for teens are always desperately needed as well as homes for siblings to be placed together.
*NEW* Enhanced Foster Care
Enhancing Services for Kids in Foster Care – and their Foster Families
For some children in foster care, the emotional impact of the trauma and loss they have faced becomes too much to take, and they start acting out, often in ways that challenge the adults in their lives – meltdowns, running away, destroying things or even hurting themselves or others. Besides the child themselves, Foster families often bear the brunt of these behaviors and wonder what to do. In a new initiative, D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s will respond with Enhanced Foster Care, an approach that provides specialized and targeted support for the child and family, along with strong coordination for all the people and programs involved in the child’s life. This includes trained Behavior Specialists, who will literally be there ‘in the moment’, providing feedback, direction and support when behaviors and emotions are at their peak – could be at wake-up, afterschool, nights or weekends – whenever the need and challenge is the greatest.
Mary Jo Sabaitis, retired Foster Care Program Manager, is excited about the possibilities - “Any time we can provide kids and foster families with the services and support they need, right when they need it, we increase everyone’s chance of success”.
Services started February 1st, and the program anticipates serving 50 children and foster families this year.
*This service is provided to all foster families on a case-by-case basis.