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There are always a number of children looking for quality foster parents to provide a stable, loving environment while waiting to be reunited with family or transition into a forever home. To get started as a foster parent, you will need to apply and pass several background clearances. Your home will also be inspected as part of the process. Training is available as well as support throughout the process including, but not limited to, financial support, medical assistance, respite care, and other caseworker services. You can indicate your preferences for which children you would take into your home in terms of age, sex, etc.

Serving as a foster parent can also be an avenue to adoption if reunification is not possible. When working with a social service agency, they will handle all the paperwork and guide you through all the procedures to complete the adoption. This can alleviate the financial costs associated with other methods of adoption such as attorney fees or agency fees. Additionally, many of the services you receive as a foster parent may still be available to you post-adoption. For more information on how to become a foster parent, visit:


May is National Foster Care month. Foster parents play an important role in providing stability for children in their transition from their natural parents to a permanent home. Bucks County Children and Youth Social Service Agency oversees the foster care program for the county. The Agency offers informational meetings throughout the county on various dates for interested volunteers. Bucks County presently has a need for additional volunteers. Approximately one-third of the children in need of foster care in Bucks County are placed out of the county due to the shortage of available foster parents.

Foster parents are given training by the county. Additional support includes financial and medical assistance for the foster child. The children benefit from having the option of residing with a foster family instead of being placed in an institution or group home. It is also beneficial to match the foster child with a family of similar cultural and/or ethnic background.
If you would like to request more information on becoming a foster parent, or if you would like to set up an in-home orientation, please email your name, address and phone number to Roxanne Watkins-Hall [email protected] or call 215-348-6997.You can also visit the website at: http://www.buckscounty.org/government/HumanServices/ChildrenandYouth/FosterParent