Foster Care

Support and guidance from people who understand

If you are currently living in foster care or if you have been involved with the foster care system, you will find that The Door has a lot to offer. Perhaps all you want is a safe space to meet other young people, learn new things and have fun. Maybe you need to talk to a lawyer to ensure that you have all of your entitlements, or a counselor to help you find housing. Or perhaps you need to meet with a college advisor to obtain your education training voucher (ETV), see a doctor or a counselor, or meet with someone who can help you finish your education and get a job. You can do all of these things and more at The Door.

One point person to guide your way

There is a lot going on at The Door, and our programs are always changing to make sure we’re providing you with the best possible help. If you are in foster care, you will have the opportunity to work with a point person — a member of our Youth in Care Advisory Team — who can help guide you through the many different services and programs we offer, including:

This point person will help you set personal goals and work towards accomplishing them. He or she will check in with you regularly to see how you are progressing and to provide the support you may need to reach your goals.

The Academy (Bronx Youth Center location)

Available in our Bronx Youth Center location, The Academy is a unique program designed to prepare foster care youth for adulthood. It offers one-on-one academic and employment services together with supportive counseling. While it is only available at our Bronx location, members from any borough can access it. To learn more about The Academy, contact Shanieka Nelson at (929) 285-3190 or by email at snelson@door.org

Providing the information you need

If you are in foster care or have been involved with the foster care system, and you have the goal of living on your own one day, there are certain benefits available to you. New York State and City provide you with specific entitlements, including support to help when you are ready to move out on your own. Our Youth in Care Advisory team is here to teach you about these entitlements, and answer any questions you may have as you prepare to live on your own.