Saturday | June 23 | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Foster Care Presentation

Toomey Residential is currently facing a shortage of foster parents in their program for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors. Saturday, June 23, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. ISCNY, Masjid Bilal and Community Care of Syracuse are co-hosting an information session with Toomey, Foster Parent Program Manager, Brianna Kline. The program will take place at ISCNY located at 925 Comstock Ave Syracuse, NY 13210.  The presentation with guest panelists will offer insight into the needs of these youth, many of whom are from Muslim-majority countries and introduce attendees to the foster care training process. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public.

There is a dire need for foster parents to support youth unable to return to their home countries due to past persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.Foster parents provide a stable, caring environment in which children can learn, grow, and prepare for independence in adulthood. Those who become foster parents are stepping up to change the lives of children and teens who are coming from incredibly difficult circumstances. Serving as a foster parent is a rewarding, life-changing act of love that requires a big heart and an open mind.

About the Program
The Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) program is a federally funded multi-cultural foster care program. Youth come from refugee camps around the world or flee dangerous conditions in their home county to seek asylum in the United States. The youth are typically young teens who resettle in the United States without their parents due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, separation or are orphaned. Goals of the URM Program include supporting youth in exploring and adjusting to life in America while preserving their own culture and preparing for independence.

About Toomey
Toomey Residential is a New York State licensed foster care provider. The agency recruits, certify and supports foster families in Onondaga County. The agency provides both general and therapeutic foster care for children, ages birth to age 21.