There are families across New York State who are in crisis and need our help.

For some families, life can become overwhelming. The many effects of generational trauma can surface, bad habits become the norm, and sometimes children can be neglected or even hurt.


When this happens, Berkshire turns to its statewide foster families to help provide a temporary, safe haven for children during this time of family crisis.


Maya, Krystal, and Leo came to Berkshire because their family was in crisis. Steve, a single father, was struggling with his substance abuse and in need of treatment. While he was receiving the treatment he desperately needed, his 3 children needed a safe, temporary place to call home – this is where Beth came in.


Beth is a certified foster parent with an open heart and an open home. Maya, Krystal and Leo stayed with Beth while their dad was receiving help. From the beginning, Beth and Steve shared the common goal of working towards reunification for him and his 3 children. In addition to his own treatment for substance abuse, Steve received support from Berkshire’s Family Specialist, Sarah, who spoke with him weekly, even after hours to build trust and a plan to stay on track with visitations.


While Sarah and Steve continued to build their relationship, Beth also played a strong, supportive role for him and his children. She ensured the children spoke with their father every week by phone and provided transportation to the Berkshire office each week so they could spend time with their dad. Beth also created a photo album for Steve, highlighting holidays and special events.


“Working towards family reunification is always the primary goal of foster care,” said Sarah. "We met Steve and his children during a time of family crisis. Knowing the struggles and challenges Steve had to overcome, it was wonderful to see him and foster mom, Beth, work as a team to achieve the best outcome for Maya, Krystal, and Leo.”


Eventually, Steve successfully completed treatment and moved into a new home that provided adequate space for his three children. When Sarah told Steve that his children would be returning to him, he had tears in his eyes as he thanked her. Soon after, Maya, Krystal, and Leo were surprised with a ‘welcome home’ party by their dad, foster mom, Beth, and their Family Specialist, Sarah.


"We are all so very happy with our new lives,” said Steve. “The process and system works for those who are willing to make a change. I can’t thank Beth and Sarah enough for sticking by me and my family.”

May is Foster Care Awareness Month and these Purple Duckies and their Foster Families are helping to spread the word about the need for foster parents in New York State.

Keep an eye out around your community for these Berkshire Ducks and follow us on social media to see how they are doing in their many foster homes across NYS!

Did you find a duck? Tag us on Facebook and Instagram!

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To learn more, you can view the 3 easy steps below, attend an informational session in your area

or contact us today at 1-844-427-5747 to learn more about becoming a foster parent.

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View & print our info graph with steps on becoming a foster parent.

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Download our e-book

'Top 10 Questions about being a foster parent' where our most commonly asked question are answered. 

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Fill out our foster parent interest form and a home finder from your area will be in touch!

Listen to our iHeart Radio 'Ask the Expert" series where you will hear from Berkshire staff and Berkshire Foster Parents