Did you know that approximately 25,000 children in Pennsylvania are not currently living with their families? This number might seem shocking, but foster care provides you with the opportunity to make a significant difference.

In today’s post, we’re going to answer some of the most common questions we’ve received about foster care in Pennsylvania.

Family Care for Children & Youth proudly provides a number of different foster care services across Pennsylvania. Whether you’re interested in adopting a child into your home or providing a safe place for a child in need by fostering, we would be happy to answer any additional questions you have about our services.

Common Questions About Pennsylvania Foster Care

What Is Foster Care?

At its most basic, foster care provides children without stable living situations the opportunity to thrive in a caring and supportive environment. The primary difference between adoption and foster care is that while the former provides adoptive parents with full parental rights over the child, the latter leaves parental rights in the hands of the birth parents (except in circumstances in which this is not possible).

Why Do Children Enter the Foster Care System?

Many children enter the Pennsylvania foster care system due to abuse and neglect. A household is typically deemed unsafe by an agency that then goes to court to petition for temporary custody. If custody is granted, then the child will be placed into foster care and monitored by a caseworker.

How Long Does a Child Stay in a Foster Home?

Approximately 40% of children remain in foster care for anywhere between one and three years, and many children are able to return to their families. In other cases, children are adopted by their foster families or through the Pennsylvania foster care system, depending on the circumstances through which they entered the system.

Do I Need to Be Married to Become a Foster Parent?

No, you do not need to be married to become a foster parent. While you will need to pass a thorough background check, pass certain financial requirements, and meet a number of other criteria to show that you can provide a child in need with a stable and supportive living situation, having a partner is not required.

Is There Financial Compensation for Fostering a Child?

Yes. Pennsylvania allows a foster family to be compensated for each day they foster a child. However, the amount of money a family receives will depend on the nature of the case and the child’s needs. Family Care for Children & Youth can provide you with more information about foster care stipends.

Learn More About Foster Care in Pennsylvania

We hope that today’s post will help you better understand what foster care is and whether or not it could be the right move for your family.

If you would like to learn more about how Family Care for Children & Youth could help you foster a child in need, we invite you to contact one of our offices or fill out the form below to request more information.

We look forward to speaking with you.

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