The Chautauqua County Department of Social Services has received a $16,000 state grant for intensive foster care services for children who are now in
The eight children in the program will be placed in four specially trained county foster homes instead of being institutionalized out of town.
These families will be supported by a therapist from the Department of Mental Health and a social worker and two child-care workers from the Social Services Department. Volunteer foster families are now being recruited.
County Executive Andrew Goodell estimates the savings to county taxpayers at $50,000 for the first year of operation beginning Jan. 1.