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Therapeutic Foster Care

Become a Resource (foster) Parent and provide a local home to keep children and youth in their community.

Therapeutic Foster Care

There are 25,397 children and youth in foster care in New York State ( Become a Resource (foster) Parent and provide a local home to keep children and youth in their community.

The Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) program promotes a team approach to foster care to achieve the permanency planning goal of strengthening the family unit and reuniting the youth and family whenever possible, or assisting the youth in the adoption process, and/or connecting youth to permanency resources and alternative planned living arrangements.

Open your heart, open your home!

Support Services

  • Case management and supportive counseling for youth and families
  • Service planning
  • Independent living skills and youth advocacy training
  • Coordinate and facilitate family time
  • Support, supervision, and training for Resource Parents
  • After-care services and support

Population and Geographic Areas Served

The TFC program serves youth and families in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Western New York Regions. This program serves children and youth ranging from birth to 21 years of age who have serious emotional difficulties, complex medical issues, and/or developmental disabilities, and is committed to keeping sibling groups intact through foster care placement.

Resource (Foster) Parents

The Pathways, Inc. Therapeutic Foster Care program is committed to effectively recruiting, training, and supporting our Resource (foster) Parents, enabling them to provide intense support and care to youth participating in the program. Family Specialists meet several times a month with Resource Parents to offer support and provide case management services. A 24-hour emergency on-call system provides assistance as needed.

Resource Parents Receive

  • Monthly financial support
  • Pre-service training and home licensure
  • Ongoing training
  • 24/7 support
  • Satisfaction knowing you helped a child and family to succeed


To help a youth or sibling group in need, learn more about becoming a Resource Parent, by contacting:

Manager, Therapeutic Foster Care

Administrative Office
Pathways, Inc.
33 Denison Parkway West, Corning, New York 14830
T: (607) 937-4525 F: (607) 937-3206

Rochester Office
160 Allens Creek Rd., Suite 250, Rochester, New York 14618
T: (585) 434-3166 F: (585) 434-3167

Children and Family Services

These services provide in-home, community, and foster care services and care coordination to youth with serious emotional disturbances, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and chronic medical conditions.

Adult Care Management

Through Adult Care Management, a Care Manager partners with adults to get the care they want to improve their health and supports.

Children's Care Management

Through Children’s Care Management, a Care Manager helps youth and caregivers get the care they need to improve the youth’s health.

Children and Family Treatment and Support Services

These mental health and substance use services, available with NYS Children’s Medicaid, give children/youth (under age 21) and their families the power to improve their health, well-being, and quality of life. 

Children's Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)

Children's HCBS is a strength-based program that serves youth ages 0–21 years with serious emotional difficulties, developmental disabilities (if in foster care), and medical fragility.

Recovery Coordination

Through Recovery Coordination, a Recovery Coordinator assists adults in Steuben County with Fidelis Medicaid Managed Care to gain peers and partners in the community.

Therapeutic Foster Care

Become a Resource (foster) Parent and provide a local home to keep children and youth in their community.

Team Member
Vice President, Children and Family Services

Cynthia Gee, LMHC

Children and Family Services

(607) 937-4519

Team Member
Manager, Therapeutic Foster Care

Nichole Knowles, BS

Children and Family Services

(607) 937-4525

Team Member
Manager, Care Coordination

Angie Longwell

Children and Family Services

(607) 937-4520

Team Member
Manager, Youth Services

Carolyn Little

Children and Family Services

(607) 937-4551