1. How to Help Children Stay Engaged While Learning Remotely

    The first day of school is just around the corner. While many schools are attempting to reopen with stringent safety precautions, many have opted to stay online for part, or all, of the fall semester. Whether you have foster children in your care or you plan to foster at some point in the coming months, you will likely find yourself learning how to help your child learn remotely at some point in t…Read More

  2. Helping Children Cope With COVID-19 — Part II

    How is your family coping with COVID-19? If you’re like many parents in Pennsylvania and across the United States, you might not be sure about how to answer the question. These are uncharted territories for all of us, and you might be wondering how you can better support yourself and everyone else in your household. In a previous post, we discussed a few ways in which most children’s lives hav…Read More

  3. Helping Children Cope With COVID-19 — Part I

    All of us have been affected by COVID-19 in one way or another. Maybe your company has gone remote and you’ve had to adjust your schedule now that you’re working from home, or perhaps you’re one of the millions of people whose financial stability has been severely affected by pay cuts, furloughs, or layoffs. No matter what your situation is, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone —…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. The History of Foster Care

    As we think of it today, foster care refers to the system of placing minors into wards, group homes, or the private homes of state-certified caregivers. Did you realize, though, that the concept of foster care is actually referenced in religious texts, such as the Bible, Talmud, and Quran? FCCY wanted to share the history of foster care not only because it is interesting, but also because it reall…Read More

  9. 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

  10. The First Week of Fostering: What to Expect

    After you’ve completed all of the initial paperwork, went through the interview process, home check, and were finally approved to foster a child, the journey begins. You wait patiently, or impatiently, for that call from a foster care agency telling you that they are bringing over a child to be placed in your care until more permanent arrangements can be made. The time has finally come when you …Read More