Can I be employed outside of my home?
Yes, provided there is a child care plan in place. It is not acceptable for both parents to have second or third shift employment.
Is there financial assistance for day care while I work?
Yes, from community resources, but it is very limited and it is not always available.
Is there a limit to the number of children in my home?
Yes, in the state of Pennsylvania you may have six foster children if no other children reside in your home. The Department of Public Welfare allows a total of six children under the age of 18, including your own children, with additional requirements for your home.
In the state of Maryland you may have two foster children in your home. The State of Maryland allows a total of six children under the age of 18.
Do foster parents receive any financial reimbursement for caring for children?
Yes, foster parents receive a daily stipend for each child placed in their home. This daily stipend is based on the needs of the child. Families must show proof that they are able to meet financial obligations prior to being approved as foster parents.
Are foster parents responsible for medical and dental expenses for a foster child?
Foster parents are not responsible for medical or dental expenses. Each child has Medical Assistance, private insurance or a combination that covers most expenses.
How long does the approval process take?
After we receive your application and background clearance information you are invited to start attending the training sessions. Typically you are ready to be approved as a foster parent upon the completion of your pre-service training. The amount of time required to complete this process varies from family to family.
Is it possible to adopt a foster child?
Adoption for some foster children can be an option for foster parents. Foster children are often classified as “special needs” adoptions.
Can a foster child share a bedroom with my child?
In Pennsylvania, yes, however they must have a bed of their own and children of the opposite sex can only share a room if they are under five years of age. A bedroom must also have room for storage for each child’s belongings.
In the state of Maryland, they must have a bed of their own and children of the opposite sex can only share a room if they are under two years of age. A bedroom must also have room for storage for each child’s belongings
Are single individuals allowed to become foster parents?
Yes. We will work with you to determine that you have sufficient supports in place and that the child care issues are addressed.
Are foster parents responsible for transporting children?
We expect that our foster parents provide the majority of transportation for the foster children. We do have drivers that can assist if foster parents have a conflict in their schedule.
What if I have a crisis with a foster child at night or on a weekend?
You never have to feel that you have to deal with a crisis alone. We offer support 24/7. After hours there is a staff person assigned to answer all emergency calls. During office hours there is always someone available to assist you with any crisis that might arise.