Our Foster Care Program provides nurturing, supportive foster families for children who are in need of temporary care until they are reunified with their biological families or become available for adoption. Our Foster Care Program identifies and recruits prospective foster families, assists families through the approval process, facilitates and supervises placements, provides ongoing training, and works with county children and youth agencies to ensure children and families are receiving the services they need.
May is National Foster Care Month, a month set aside to recognize foster parents, family members, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. During National Foster Care Month, Children’s Aid Society renews our commitment to ensuring a successful future for the more than 430,000 children and youth in foster care in the United States, and we celebrate all those who make a meaningful difference in their lives.
If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a foster family, mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 15th from 5:30-7:30pm at Moena Restaurant in Clearfield. You’ll have an opportunity to meet staff from area foster care agencies and current foster families, as well as take part in a panel discussion and have all your questions about foster care answered. Refreshments, children’s activity table, basket drawing, and giveaways included!
Program Goals and Objectives
Foster care provides substitute family life experience for a child at a time of crisis or need. It is temporary care. Foster families provide parental care and supervision. They work with agency staff to achieve permanence for the child.
While foster care is not a lifetime commitment, it is meaningful to a child during his/her time of need. Therefore, we provide stable foster care homes to children who may be available for adoption.
In addition, we provide temporary care for an identified child who is not yet legally free, within the identified adoptive parent’s home in order to facilitate adoption should that become a possibility. As a result, the family must cooperate with reunification and/or visitation as required by the agency with legal custody. Consequently, we offer counseling and other services to foster parents and the child.
Children’s Aid Society identifies prospective adoptive families who are interested in foster children who are may become available for adoption.
We strive to ensure that no child is denied consideration for foster care for any reason. Most of all, we aim to minimize the number of moves a child has to make within the system.
To Contact Us:
Children’s Aid Society
Foster Care Program
1008 South 2nd Street
Clearfield, PA 16830
Phone: (814) 765-2686
Fax: (814) 765-6530