1. Why You Should Foster A Teenager

    It’s no secret that teenagers are often difficult to place with a foster parent within the foster care system because many families expect to be fostering children, which most imagine as no older than twelve years old. Unfortunately, that means many foster parents miss out on the experience of fostering teenagers, which presents certain challenges, yes, but also presents certain benefits and opp…Read More

  2. Questions to Ask Yourself Before Fostering

    Are you considering becoming a foster parent, but you’re not quite sure if it really is the path for you? We understand your hesitation, and although Pennsylvania is always in need of more fantastic foster families, fostering is not necessarily the right fit for everyone. Providing a stable and loving home for a child in need is truly a great thing, but be sure to ask yourself the following ques…Read More

  3. How Will Fostering Affect Your Family?

    If you have children of your own already, you might feel hesitant about becoming a foster parent. One of the first questions a couple asks when they are considering becoming foster parents is "How will this affect my family?" The truth is, it will. Becoming a part of something like this is bound to impact your family. But what many people don't realize is how much that impact will be a good thing…Read More

  4. The Legal Rights of Foster Parents

    In our previous blog post, we looked at some of the legal rights guaranteed to children within the foster care system. As important as it is for you to understand those rights as a foster parent, it is equally as important for you to understand your own legal rights. The State of Pennsylvania follows the guidelines established by the 2010 Children in Foster Care Act when it comes to legal rights w…Read More

  5. Your Foster Child’s Legal Rights

    In the State of Pennsylvania, foster care children are legally guaranteed certain rights according to the 2010 Children in Foster Care Act. Like the United States Bill of Rights, this legislation is meant to protect the rights of a certain group of people, in this case the young men and women in the foster care system. As a foster parent, it is important that you are familiar with and understand t…Read More

  6. 4 Tips For Fostering Teens

    Fostering a teenager can be a downright scary endeavor. For one thing, it can be much more difficult to manage and bond with an unfamiliar teenager than with an unfamiliar child of a younger age. Teens are naturally more independent, and they’re already dealing with the physical, emotional, and social turmoil of teenhood without the added stress of a new living situation with a new guardian who …Read More

  7. Preparing A Bedroom For Your Foster Child

    When you choose to become a foster parent through Family Care For Children & Youth, your case manager will provide the support and training you need. Our goal is to teach our foster families our proven techniques, responses, and theories in order to ensure the development of strong, productive relationships. While we take care of getting you ready for your first placement, you’ll need to mak…Read More

  8. Five Common Myths About Foster Parenting

    Have you considered becoming a foster parent in PA but been turned off to the idea by commonly held misconceptions? Many potential foster parents come across the foster system’s myths and horror stories and assume that fostering is simply not in their stars. Don’t let commonly held misconceptions determine whether or not you decide to become a foster parent. Review the myths below, and ask you…Read More

  9. Problem Behaviors in Foster Children Following Placement

    When a foster child is first placed in your home, there will likely be an adjustment period before he or she becomes comfortable. It takes time, after all, for people to get used to being around each other, even children and adults. Remember to show patience, and stay in contact with your agency support. Besides being patient, it will be important for you to understand any problematic behaviors yo…Read More

  10. Adoption: Making Families for Couples with Infertility

    Infertility is an emotionally draining condition that causes a slew of depression, anxiety, and anger for couples that are faced with the possibility of never having a biological child of their own. There are always options such as fertility medications and in vitro fertilization but what happens when those fail? For couples and individuals who want to be parents but are unable to do so for any nu…Read More