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.

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How to Become a Foster Parent

Step 1: Learn More
If you're interested in becoming a foster parent, call Family Services of NW PA at 814-866-4500 (Erie County) to inquire about services. You will be referred to a Permanency Specialist who can answer all your questions and help you start the process.

Step 2: Application
Once you've decided to begin the process of becoming a foster parent, you will be invited to complete an application. At this time you will also begin submitting the required background checks and clearances.

Step 3: Training
We offer free training to all potential foster parents. You will have the opportunity to learn more about children in case and ask any questions you might have.

Step 4: Home Visit
Together, we will schedule a time to meet with you and your family in your home.

Step 5: Gather Remaining Information
Once the home visit is completed, we will gather any additional information needed to complete the process.

Step 6: Approval

If you would like to learn more about becoming a foster parent, please complete the form below. A Permanency Specialist will contact you to answer questions and discuss the next steps.

Parent Information

Name *
Date of Birth *
Spouse/Partner Name
Spouse/Partner Date of Birth
Family Status
How many parents are in the home?
Are there other people living in the home?
If yes, please list their names and ages.
Are you currently a licensed/approved foster parent?
If yes, what is the agency name?
Worker Name
Worker Phone

Contact Information

Address *
City *
Phone *
Email *


Age Preference
Are you open to fostering a boy?
Are you open to fostering a girl?
Are you open to fostering siblings?
How did you hear about us?