Eligibility for foster care

Are you eligible to be a foster parent? Prospective foster care applicants will be considered eligible if they meet certain criteria.

Criteria includes, but is not be limited to, the following:

  1. A personal medical history and recent physical examination.
  2. Married applicants who are both at least twenty-one (21) years of age and who have been married to each other for a minimum of three (3) years.
  3. Single applicants who are at least twenty-five (25) years of age.
  4. Individuals who are willing to attend counseling sessions with the child as needed, and who are willing to work cooperatively with the child.
  5. Individuals who have tolerance and flexibility for the individual characteristics, background, and behaviors of the child.
  6. Adequate living space to promote the health, safety, and well being of the family.
  7. Individual who have the maturity to provide for the emotional and financial needs of the foster child as well as other family members.
  8. Individuals who hold a strong conviction and desire to adopt a child and are able and willing to participate in foster care/pre-adoptive education regarding the complexities of foster care/adoption.
  9. Mandatory clearances from the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania ChildLine and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stating that there are no records of criminal acts that have been performed by any family members within the preceding five (5) year period.
  10. High school graduates or GED equivalency.
  11. Residents of the United States.
  12. No more than six (6) children under the age of 18 living in the home.
  13. Additional factors shall be considered on a case-by-case basis as relevant.


Children’s Aid Society reserves the right to terminate a family’s foster care process at any time during the process at the sole discretion of the agency.


Children considered for service include:

  • those who have lost both parents by death, and who have no other strong family ties.
  • those whose parents, even with the help of the community resources, are unable or unwilling to give them the care and protection they need, and who can be freed for adoption through court action.
  • those considered for placement who are at legal risk – parental rights have not yet been terminated or the termination decree is under appeal.


If you would like to start the foster care process,  please complete a

Foster Parent Application and mail to:


Children’s Aid Society

Foster Care Program

1008 South 2nd Street

Clearfield, PA 16830


To download our Foster Parent Application:Click Here

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