1. Pennsylvania Foster Care Facts

    At our foster care agency in Pennsylvania, one of our primary purposes involves demystifying foster care and answering frequently asked questions about the foster system. Many of our foster families don’t know much about foster care, aside from the perception they’ve gathered from the media or popular culture, before they begin the process of becoming a foster family. Foster Care in Pennsylvan…Read More

  2. Alternative Birthday Present Ideas: Non-Profit Donations

    According to Giving USA 2017, the annual report on non-profit donations and charitable giving in the United States, the nation made 390.05 billion dollars of charitable donations in 2017. This figure is record-breaking, and it signals a four-percent increase in giving by individuals across all nine philanthropy subsectors. In total, giving rose by 2.7 percent. Giving USA labels the philanthropy su…Read More

  3. The History of Foster Care

    As we think of it today, foster care refers to the system of placing minors into wards, group homes, or the private homes of state-certified caregivers. Did you realize, though, that the concept of foster care is actually referenced in religious texts, such as the Bible, Talmud, and Quran? FCCY wanted to share the history of foster care not only because it is interesting, but also because it reall…Read More

  4. Tips to Pass Your Foster Care Home Check

    If you have started the application or thought about becoming a foster parent in Pennsylvania, you have probably heard about the home inspection process. A home inspection is actually one part of your “home study,” where an adoption agent looks into your ability to be an adoptive parent and also makes sure you have a safe place to raise a child. Before you can legally accept a child in need in…Read More

  5. The First Week of Fostering: What to Expect

    After you’ve completed all of the initial paperwork, went through the interview process, home check, and were finally approved to foster a child, the journey begins. You wait patiently, or impatiently, for that call from a foster care agency telling you that they are bringing over a child to be placed in your care until more permanent arrangements can be made. The time has finally come when you …Read More

  6. 3 Healthful Tips For Adopted Children

    Keeping an adopted child healthy will always be a top priority for parents, but it can be especially tricky when you’re not sure of the child’s medical history. Depending on the type of adoption your child went through (open, semi-open, or closed), you may not know if they will have a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease, or many other genetic conditions. So when you want to keep your child …Read More

  7. Child Adoption Costs

    One of the common questions that comes with child adoption is how much it will cost. It may seem like a price can’t be put on a child, but there are many people and agencies that are involved throughout the process. Costs depend on whether you are adopting domestically or internationally. Domestic costs can include legal representation for both the adopting family and the birth parents, counseli…Read More

  8. Can Single Parents Adopt?

    There are many people in Pennsylvania who want to start a family, but for many reasons, are unable to. Some adopt due to medical reasons, they see a need in the world, or simply haven’t found the right person to start a family with; whatever your reason, FCCY can help with the child adoption process. Families and individuals alike struggle with these types of issues. If you are single and still …Read More

  9. Common Reasons For Adoption

    Making the decision to adopt a child is a very personal and life-changing choice. One family’s decision may not make sense at all to another while two other families may bond over their reason for child adoption. If you are considering going through the process and are curious what other family’s reasons were to make this change, keeping reading to learn more. Wanted to Give a Child a Family G…Read More

  10. What Adoptive Parents Shouldn’t Do

    It can be an exciting adventure to go on, adopting a child into your family. But at the same time, it can be overwhelming and there will also be a learning curve. How to bring a child into your home and allow them to feel comfortable and safe, how to handle fights and learn from them, and remaining positive throughout the difficult times are just a few of the struggles that parents who adopt a chi…Read More