1. Why Summer Is The Best Time To Foster

    If you’re thinking of becoming a foster parent, there’s no better time to commit to the cause than during the summer. Deciding to become a foster family isn’t a decision to be taken lightly, and it comes with great joys as well as additional responsibilities. Summertime represents one of the best seasons for foster care for a few reasons — and not just because school is out. Summertime Is …Read More

  2. Different Types Of Foster Care Explained

    Foster care seems like a simple enough concept: a family provides a home and takes custody of a child in need. In reality, however, there are several different types of foster care depending on the scenario. At our foster care agency in Pennsylvania, we field many questions about the differences between foster care types. As such, we created this resource to outline the different types of foster c…Read More

  3. Foster Care and Taxes: What You Need To Know

    When you decide to become a foster care family in Pennsylvania, your first thought probably isn’t, “I’m going to get some tax breaks!” Instead, you’ll be spending time preparing your home for its inspection, anticipating questions your foster child might ask and how to answer them, and planning activities that will bolster the bond between you and your foster child. When April 15 does co…Read More

  4. 6 Ways To Help Your Foster Child Adjust

    Bringing a foster child into your home is a rewarding, rich experience. It can also plague with you self-doubt and insecurities though, especially toward the beginning. “How to be a foster parent?” is in all of your online searches, along with “How can I make sure my foster child like me?” These may be just a few of the questions you find yourself asking, but our foster care agency in Penn…Read More

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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