Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be married to be a foster parent?
No. But single applicants are required to be at least 25 years old.

I just got married. So that means I’m eligible, right?
Not quite. Married applicants are required to be married to each other for a minimum of three years. Both husband and wife have to be at least 21 years old.

We don’t have a large home. Is that okay?
Yes, as long as you have adequate living space to promote the health, safety, and well being of the family.

I already have kids of my own. Are there limits?
Yes. You may have no more than 6 children under the age of 18 living in the home.

How does the agency make sure kids will be safe with potential foster parents?
We require that all applicants have current 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 5-year period.

What determines a child’s eligibility to be part of the foster care program?
Children considered for service include those who have lost both parents by death, and who have no other strong family ties; children whose parents, even with the help of 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; children considered for placement who are at legal risk —parental rights have not yet been terminated or the termination decree is under appeal.