ADDISON, N.Y. (WENY) - The Steuben County Department of Social Services recently honored foster families in the county at a "Forget Me Not" banquet in Addison.

County DSS Commissioner Kathryn Muller told foster parents they give their children foundations and roots, a childhood with days made for sunshine, and a nourishing memory of home.

"You are ordinary people with extraordinary hearts," she said.

The County DSS currently has 40 certified foster homes, which provide a safe place to live and care for children who come into the foster care system.

Foster parents provide hours of care to families and children in need while having a significant, lifelong influence in the life of a foster child or youth.

In Steuben County, there is an immediate need for foster families with a stay at home parent to care for the very young, or families who can help adolescents acquire the practical, social, and emotional skills necessary for successful transition to adult independence.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a foster/adoptive parent, please contact Homefinder Ashley Swan, at (607) 664-2257.