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Volunteers Needed For Westchester Children's Foster Program

The Mental Health Association of Westchester is looking for volunteers to help with their visitation program.
The Mental Health Association of Westchester is looking for volunteers to help with their visitation program. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

TARRYTOWN-SLEEPYHOLLOW, N.Y. -- If you’ve ever read the book, “Are You My Mother?” to a child, you understand the critical importance of the Host Visitation program at The Mental Health Association of Westchester, which helps families stay in contact even though the child may be in foster care.

The organization is currently recruiting volunteers to participate in the upcoming training for this program which will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3, 10, and 17 from at Mental Health Association offices, 580 White Plains Road.

There are nearly 600 children in foster care in Westchester County who need to stay connected to their families of origin. The Host Visitation program trains community volunteers to assist families by supervising and supporting them as they visit one another despite the separation of foster care.

Visits take place once or twice a week, in a variety of possible settings including a library or community center. These visits greatly reduce the trauma that children experience by being separated.

To find out more about becoming a part of this program, contact Jackie Boissonnault at 914-345-5900, ext. 7518. To learn more, visit www.mhawestchester.org .

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