Family Care For Children & Youth

Adoption and foster care are both a means to support children that are in need. Unfortunately, there are many children in Pennsylvania, the United States, and around the world that do not have strong family or monetary foundations. Despite the reason for needing help, these children are welcomed at Family Care for Children and Youth to join families that can care for the child as needed – financially and emotionally – whether through adoption or foster care.

The main differences between foster care and adoption in Pennsylvania have to do with parental rights rather than the children. In both foster care and adoption, the children are the primary focus. Here are a few differences between the two:

Parental Rights

Foster Care: The parental rights for major decisions belong to the birth parents (unless adoption is in the picture). This means foster parents are not able to make medical, educational, or religious decisions without consulting the birth parents. If the court has terminated birth parent rights, the agency that oversees the child and foster relationship makes these decisions.
Adoption: After adoption, the adoptive parents have full legal rights to make all decisions. Adoptive responsibilities are comparable to the responsibilities of giving birth to the child.


Foster Care: Foster care is not permanent. It is a temporary situation to care for a child before returning home to a stable birth family or joining an adoptive family. Some foster care children are adopted by his or her foster care parents.
Adoption: Adoption is permanent. As an adoptive parent, you are responsible for the child as if it were biologically your own.

Family Care for Children and Youth takes traditional foster care one step further – specialized foster family care. Check out how we take it above and beyond in our next blog.

At Family Care for Children & Youth, all case managers have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and have received training in Choice Theory/Reality Therapy. Case managers also complete a number of additional training programs throughout the course of each year.

The mission of Family Care for Children & Youth, Inc. is to be the best social service agency committed to providing an excellent standard of care and culturally competent services while communicating compassion, empathy, and hope for the future.

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Check out our success stories below


They care about the children and are very thorough

My husband and I always tell people that talk to us about wanting to foster or adopt about our agency.  We enjoy working with this agency because the staff not only care about the careful p…Read More

Alice Cedrone

We enjoy giving back

Fostering is very positive experience not only for ourselves but also for the child’s well-being.  We enjoy giving back. Providing a loving, nurturing home to a child gives the child an o…Read More

Millie Flores

We would recommend FCCY

Picking FCCY to work with has been the best thing my husband and I could have done. We have had only positive experiences with this agency. The case managers are so good and give you total s…Read More

P. Kyler


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