PENFIELD, N.Y. — Monroe County has opened a new foster care and stabilization center to fill the gap for kids entering the system.

The new center, located at 1751 Penfield Road, will serve children ages 10-17 who have struggled to succeed in traditional foster homes.

The program also gives professionals more time to determine what's best for each child.

“No child should be left without a home. This Foster Care Stabilization Center will provide a safe space and short-term support services to help stabilize a youth’s behavior to better ensure a successful foster care placement,” said Monroe County Executive Adam Bello. “Thank you to our Department of Human Services, the town of Penfield and Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference for bringing this much-needed service to Monroe County and putting the needs of our at-risk children first.”

The county-wide program, which is licensed and monitored by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, will provide medical, educational and behavioral support.

"It really is our team working in partnership with the county to help young people not stay here any longer than they need to," said George Dermody, Children's Home of Wyoming Conference president and CEO. "To find that next best longer term spot for them so we can keep moving, helping young people as they come through."

The facility will be able to accommodate up to eight children at a time.