Meet the Foster Care Team

As members of a nationally accredited agency, Northern Rivers’ foster care staff are some of the most highly trained, talented, and caring team of people in the industry. We proudly partner with many communities throughout New York state and have offices in Albany, Binghamton, Hudson, Johnstown, Queensbury, and Schenectady to ensure local support for our foster families in more than a 20-county service area.

Northern Rivers is now certifying and managing homes in the Capital Region, Hudson Valley Region, Mohawk Valley Region, the North Country, and the Southern Tier. Those interested in foster parenting should feel free to reach out to the homefinder who covers their county of residence.

  • Colleen Vogel, Director, Foster Parent Recruitment and Retention
    Colleen Vogel is the Director, Foster Parent Recruitment and Retention. Colleen Vogel’s team covers all 23 counties that contract with the Northern Rivers Foster Care program. She joined the organization in 2009, serving as a clinician in community-based programs and a foster care coordinator before being named to her current position in 2016. Before coming to Northern Rivers, she served in a number of clinical and case management positions for the St. Anne Institute in Albany. She earned her BS in psychology from SUNY Cortland and her MSW from the University at Albany.

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Capital Region
Albany and Rensselaer Counties
Schenectady County
 
Hudson Valley Region
Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, and Ulster Counties
 
Mohawk Valley Region
Fulton, Montgomery, and Schoharie Counties
Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida Counties
 
North Country Region
Essex, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties
 
Southern Tier Region
Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Otsego, and Tompkins Counties
  • Chris Murray, Homefinder, Binghamton
    Chris Murray certifies and maintains foster homes in Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Otsego, and Tompkins Counties. Chris joined the organization in June 2017 as a clinical case manager before transitioning to his current role. He previously worked at Catholic Charities, helping residents with daily living skills. He also was a director for Men’s Ministry, coordinating and planning service projects. Chris was a foster parent between 2008 and 2014, so brings valuable personal experience when working with our foster parents.

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