Ensuring Jewish homes for Jewish children

When NYC's Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) determines that a Jewish child is physically unsafe at home and there are no alternatives, they call Ohel. Ohel’s foster care program places Jewish children in Jewish Homes. We’re the only New York agency to make that commitment, and have consistently been ranked among the top foster care agencies in NYC.

Ohel provides for and funds the physical, emotional, educational, and recreational needs of the children in our care. Additionally, foster parents receive a monthly stipend when caring for a foster child.

With the support of our donors, children in our foster care program attend the same yeshivas and summer camps as the children of the foster parents, helping these children never to feel like an "other."

Our Foster Children
Our Foster Children
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Our Foster Children
Our foster children come from many backgrounds and family situations. They have one thing in common: they each need someone to love and support them through a difficult time.

Each child entering our foster care program is assigned an Ohel social worker who will:
  • Partner with and support foster parents and their families with regular consultation and guidance.
  • Visit the child in the foster home regularly.
  • Make sure foster children get any medical, psychological, or support services they need.
  • Supervise visitation between a child and their birth parents.
  • Work closely with the biological parent to assist them in being able to have their child returned safely to their care.
Become an Ohel Foster Parent
Become an Ohel Foster Parent
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Become an Ohel Foster Parent
Have you ever thought about opening your home to a child? Both couples and singles can be considered for this important and meaningful role. An Ohel professional will provide training and continued support to you throughout the child’s stay in your home.

Foster parents get a monthly stipend from ACS to cover basic needs, while school and camp tuitions are covered by Ohel through fundraising. Medical and mental health services are covered by both Ohel and New York City.

Interested in opening your home? Contact us for more information at 800-603-Ohel.
How a Child Comes to Ohel
How a Child Comes to Ohel
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How a Child Comes to Ohel
When NYC's Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) investigates a situation where a child is physically unsafe, due to serious abuse or neglect, they make every effort to keep the child in an environment familiar to them. ACS first reaches out to close relatives and friends to see if they can care for the child. If that does not work, ACS contacts Ohel so that the child can be placed in a certified Jewish foster home with the goal of returning them to their parents. If that proves impossible an adoptive foster home is explored.