1. My Friend is a Foster Parent

    If you don’t foster children yourself, it can sometimes be difficult to know how to interact with foster children and even their foster families. Maybe you once loved to visit your brother’s house, spending the evenings unwinding with family, but now he has invited a new child into his home, and you’re nervous about what this new dynamic will do to the old one. Maybe your best friend has dec…Read More

  2. The Biggest Myths About Adopting an Older Child

    According to the website AdoptUSKids.org, there are more than 400,000 children in the United States in the foster system. About 1/4 of them are available for adoption. The average age of these children is 8, and the older they get the slimmer the chance is that they will be adopted. That's because some potential families are concerned about adopting an older child into their home. Because of this …Read More

  3. 3 Ways to Help When You Can’t Be a Full-Time Foster Parent

    Sometimes, our hearts have bigger ideas than our calendars can handle. Foster care requires a significant time commitment, but not everyone who wants to help has room in their schedules. Work, family, and friends all need time, too, and sometimes that doesn't leave room for being a foster parent. If you want to help the foster care community but can't commit to being a full-time foster parent, the…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Busting 3 Adoption Myths

    There are a wide range of opinions about adoption floating around out there, but you shouldn’t let any misconceptions keep you from growing your family, especially if adoption is one of your only options. At Keep reading, and ask yourself if any of these adoption myths are keeping you from pursuing the family you want and deserve. It’s Easier to Adopt Internationally Many people who consider a…Read More

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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