News & Events


Foster Care Awareness Forum

The Foster Care Awareness Forums offer North Country members the opportunity to have informal discussions on what foster care is, and is not, as well as what foster care means to the community.



2021 Foster Parent Training Schedule

Are you interested in becoming a Foster Parent? You can learn what it takes by attending Group Preparation and Selection II/ Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (GPSII/MAPP). A national training program, it is designed to help individuals make an informed decision regarding opening their heart and home to deserving youth.

Questions? Contact Kate Hawn at (315) 481-3575 or Katarina D’Ercole at (315) 401-2719


CHJC Staff Complete Healthy Lifestyles Program, Sponsored by Excellus Community Health Grant

CHJC (Children’s Home of Jefferson County) Staff recently completed the Agency’s “Get Fit! – Healthy Lifestyles” Program, designed to help them make healthy lifelong personal, physical and emotional choices. The Program was made possible by a $4,000.00 grant from Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield Community Health Awards.


CHJC Staff Participate in Get Fit! Healthy Lifestyles Program

Lately, CHJC staff have been participating in our new “Get Fit! Healthy Lifestyles Program.” Over a period of 12 weeks, working together, we are learning easy ways to eat healthier, make time for exercise, and find time for calming mental breaks!

Thank you to the Excellus Community Health Awards Program and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield for this amazing opportunity to better the lives of our staff, clients, families, and youth we serve!


North Country Now Article Features Fostering Futures

The opinion piece, titled “Opinion: Need for foster care homes in St. Lawrence County grows, DSS says,” features quotes from CHJC Staff and Foster Parents.

06.24.20 Publishes Op-Ed by CHJC Medical Director, Dr. Scott Ulberg recently published an op-ed piece by CHJC’s Medical Director.


Fostering Futures to Hold Virtual Foster Parenting Information Night and Training Classes

Fostering Futures is hosting a virtual Foster Parent Information Night on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 6:00 pm. Virtual Foster Parenting Classes begin Tuesday, June 9, 2020, and continue for nine additional weeks. It is especially important, both during and after the Coronavirus pandemic, to continue to provide these vulnerable children the critical services they need, as well as caring and nurturing homes.


CHJC’s Move to the Empsall Building Featured on Spectrum News

The Spectrum News Story, titled “Children’s Home of Jefferson County Expanding to Grow Mission,” discusses CHJC’s plans to move some of its services to the Empsall Building in Watertown.


CHJC’s Crisis Program Featured on WWNYTV 7News

The 7News story, “Pandemic triggers mental health issues, help is available,” discusses mental health resources available in the community, including CHJC’s Crisis Response.


SoZo Teen Center Receives Stewart’s Shop Holiday Match Program Funds

Stewart’s Shops recently awarded the SoZo Teen Center, an affiliate program of CHJC (Children’s Home of Jefferson County), $6,000 from their 2019 annual Holiday Match.