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May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Every child deserves a loving, nurturing permanent home, where they feel cared for, safe and supported. Foster care provides temporary care with foster parents for children who are unable to remain in their own homes and are placed in the custody of the county Children and Youth agency by the courts.
Both public and private foster care agencies such as the Pennsylvania State Resource Family Association (toll-free: 800-951-5151) recruit foster parents to provide these services for children. Each foster care agency accepts applications from individuals interested in becoming foster parents. There are minimum requirements that must be met by all applicants:
The agency will also consider other matters such as parent/child relationships; how the applicant can meet the special needs of children placed in the home; and number and characteristics of children best suited for the foster family. The foster family residence must meet certain minimal requirements. Regulated requirements can be located in Title 55 Pa. Code Chapter 3700 (Foster Family Care Agency).