Our Foster Care Program, The Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program (URMP) of Ascentria Care Alliance, is the only foster care program in New England that provides foster care to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children. The URMP is contracted by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) to provide training, licensing, and ongoing support of foster parents for unaccompanied refugee minors (URM).
URMs, usually, adolescents, arrived in the United States prior to their 18th birthday without a parent or guardian to care for them. They fled their home countries due to war, extreme poverty, or violence. Starting out in the United States, these youth seek safety, opportunity, and the love and support of caring adults. Given the needs of our youth, the URMP is a long-term foster care program.
Our goal is that youth develop lifelong connections with their foster families.
Ascentria is committed to recruiting a pool of diverse foster parents to meet the needs of our unique children and youth. Ascentria does not discriminate against foster parent applicants on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, religion, disability, or nationality.
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