Foster Care

Family Services of NW PA is a licensed adoption and foster care agency with a strong commitment to Strengthening Families and Transforming Lives. We know that foster families come in all shapes and sizes and believe children of all ages need a stable, loving family.

If you’re ready to open your heart and home to a child, we want to work with you. Learn how you can make a difference today by becoming a foster parent.

Foster Parent Requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Must be physically and mentally able to care for children and be free from communicable diseases.
  • Must be able to obtain Child Abuse, Criminal and FBI clearances.
  • Must be able to complete required trainings.
  • Must be able to prove that you are financially stable.

Foster Family Home Requirements:

  • An operable toilet. A sink and bathtub with hot and cold running water.
  • An operable heating system.
  • An operable telephone.
  • A suitable sleeping area for foster children with a clean, comfortable mattress, and clean linens, blankets and pillows.
  • The ability to lock medications and keep other toxic materials inaccessible to children.
  • Emergency telephone numbers posted.
  • Fireplaces in good working order.
  • Smoke alarms on each level of the home.
  • Carbon Monoxide detectors.
  • Fire extinguisher kept in the kitchen.
  • Protective safety caps on outlets.
  • No exposed electrical wires.
  • If your home uses well water, the ability for the well to be tested as potable.
  • The ability to lock firearms and ammo separately where they are inaccessible to children.

How to Get Started:

The decision to become a foster family is a big one, but it is also very rewarding. If you’re ready to learn more about becoming a foster parent, contact Family Services of NW PA today!

Melissa Scobey, Permanency Supervisor
Phone: 814-866-4581

Martine Barclay, Recruiter/Trainer
Phone: 814-866-4608



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