Project SSAFE: Servicing the Needs of Young Adults 

Children Awaiting Parents (CAP) is a nearly 50-year-old organization that has advocated for, and matched children in foster care with a forever family, successfully assisting over 8,000 families since 1972. Now in 2020, Executive Director Lauri McKnight and her team continue to work diligently to help youth overcome the long wait in foster care and find that permanent family. 

CAP became a licensed adoption agency in 2017,  named after Hon. Judge Donald J. Corbett who helped make it possible for the agency to assist families through the entire adoption process. The agency now accepts youth from any state to be placed with local families. In the past year, CAP has provided permanent homes for more than a dozen children, and more are currently in process. CAP is currently seeking to become licensed for foster care and is developing new services for the Rochester community. 

In our local region—as is happening throughout the country—a large number of young adults are aging out of the foster care system at age 18-21 without a family support system or permanent resources. They are rapidly becoming homeless, unemployed, incarcerated, and more.  In response to this difficult situation, CAP is preparing to launch a pilot program called SSAFE — Social Support for Advancing Future Endeavors—which connects referred or self-referred youth who age out of foster care without any support with a caring volunteer mentor. CAP is recruiting in the faith-based community for such efforts. Project SSAFE will also assist with servicing the needs of young adults. 

CAP is planning to host an informational meeting in April for interested SSAFE volunteers or community members.

Visit www.childrenawaitingparents.org call (585) 232-5110, or email    laurimcknight@capbook.org. for more information or to confirm the meeting date