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Local foster care program gets new room for families

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – A Room to Heal and the State Employees Federal Credit Union partnered up to renovate a visiting room for Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth.

The two organizations unveiled the room Wednesday at the Offices of Berkshire Farms in downtown Binghamton.

Berkshire Farms is a nonprofit foster care program spanning the state of New York.

The room will be used for visitation between the family and their children in foster care. Before the renovation, the room did not have a lot for the children to do.

With the new room, they will have a space to play, a TV for movies, and a table for the families to share meals.

“The goal of foster care is reunification,” said Kaitlyn Kiley, a foster and adoptive home finder. “Studies show that the more time children have to visit their parents, the more chance reunification can occur. Therefore if they have a space that feels warm, welcoming, and inviting for the families, then we are supporting that and supporting the reunification process.”

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, contact Berkshire Farm to learn more about the process.

Viktoria Hallikäär

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