Skip to main content
Enter search terms below…

Member News

Northern Rivers Welcomes Hope the Foster Care Bear



Give Hope a Home, the 19-county foster parent recruitment campaign conducted by Northern Rivers Family of Services, today welcomed Hope the Foster Care Bear to assist the organization in finding high-quality foster parents who want to become certified and provide stable, supportive homes for local abused and neglected children.

Hope will be featured in the organization’s social media campaign and will appear year-round with Northern Rivers foster parent Homefinders at community events throughout the region.

“We’re excited about Hope joining our team,” said Bill Marszalek, executive program director for foster care at Northern Rivers. “When our homefinders are out in the community, Hope will welcome children and families to come say hello, talk to us and learn about the many ways they could change a child’s life.”

The program, administered through Northern Rivers member agencies Northeast Parent & Child Society and Parsons Child & Family Center, offers a multitude of foster parenting options, ranging from hourly and overnight respite programs to full-time foster care. Northern Rivers provides the training and support and does its best to match each foster parent with the right child. It also serves as a support system to assist foster parents every step of the way.

Born in the greater Capital Region, Hope was recently forced to leave home due to environmental factors. Hope is a passionate advocate for children in foster care, and will travel between offices and community events in Albany, Endwell, Hudson, Johnstown, Oneonta, Queensbury, and Schenectady to help find loving foster homes.

To learn more about how to become a certified foster parent, call 1-844-855-CARE or visit GiveHopeAHomeNY.org.

To follow the travels of Hope the Foster Care Bear, visit www.facebook.com/givehopeahome.

As part of the City’s continued efforts to expand public access to the Hudson River and support the continued revitalization of Troy’s waterfront, Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the start of construction on the Ingalls Avenue Boat Launch in the Collar City’s burgeoning North Central neighborhood. When completed, the site will enhance 500…
The University at Albany is demonstrating an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, according to INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The magazine, which is the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, named UAlbany as one of its 2018 Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award recipients, along with 95 other U.S.…
CDPHP hits a high quality homerun in recent NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ratings. The health plan is rated among the top plans New York state, as well as the nation, in the areas of consumer experience, prevention, and treatment, and is the only Medicaid plan in New York state rated 4.5 out of 5. “At CDPHP, high-quality care and superior customer…
Sep
26
Labor Law changes you NEED to know about that will affect your business. State and federal employment regulations are undergoing important changes that…
7:30 a.m. Check-in & Breakfast; 8-9:30 a.m. Workshop
Oct
11
Get connected, develop leads and build relationships at our one-of-a-kind, fast-paced networking event! These luncheons are a fun and effective way to…
11:30 a.m. Check-in & Luncheon; 12 - 1:15 p.m. Networking
Oct
17
Join us for a ribbon cutting celebrating Uncle Sam Athletics. The facility was formerly Collar City CrossFit and rebranded as Uncle Sam Athletics on July…
4:00 p.m.