Family Foster Care provides safe, temporary care in the homes of trained kinship or resource (foster) parents to children and adolescents who have been removed from their birth families because of possible abuse or neglect. They work intensively with birth parents or caretakers to get them the help they need to resolve the issues that led to placement and be reunited with their children.
Foster consists of a multidisciplinary team including caseworkers, an Educational/Vocational Specialist, a nurse, Independent Living Coordinator and a Job/Career Specialist, who work together to provide youth development, substance abuse, educational, medical, and other services designed specifically for the youth in the foster care program, as well as an aftercare program to continue providing needed services following discharge or aging out of the program.
There are 1-2 GSVs at Family Foster Care located in the Bronx, NY.
The GSV serving in Special Services works to develop and implement programs for the adolescent population, youth ages 13-21. The GSV works one on one with teens to help create future academic and career goals and facilitates various groups and workshops for youth to attend. GSVs accompany youth on errands, appointments, and outings to local government offices to obtain documentation for jobs and school. Volunteers in this position also have the opportunity to take youth to shows, sporting events, and other recreational activities.