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.
Foster Care Requirements:
Foster Parenting Myths
MYTH: "I'm too old to be a foster parent."
TRUTH: You're never too old to make a difference in a child's life. We welcome all people 21 years of age and older to apply.
MYTH: "I can't be a foster parent because I don't have a giant house."
TRUTH: You don't need a Pinterest-perfect mansion to be a good foster parent. You do need a safe, stable home with room for a child.
MYTH: "We can't be foster parents, we already have children of our own."
TRUTH: Foster families can have children of different ages living in their home. Family Services of NWPA will help to determine your needs and match you appropriately.
MYTH: "I can't be a foster parent, it would break my heart to give a child back."
TRUTH: That very worry probably means you'd be a great foster parent! Fostering has been described as loving the ones entrusted to you for however long they are entrusted to you.
MYTH: "I'm a single gay male, there's no way I can become a foster parent."
TRUTH: Not all families look the same—which is great! Foster children don't all look the same, either. Foster parents can be single, partnered, or married. They may have children in the home, have an empty nest, or this might be their first experience parenting. Family Service of NWPA does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, or age. We welcome people 21 years of age and older from all walks of life.
MYTH: "I can't afford to be a foster parent."
TRUTH: Adopting from the child welfare system is virtually free. Approved families can also receive subsidies to help offset the cost of caring for the child.