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Foster Care
 

1873 Shumway Hill Road, Wellsboro PA 16901

 

  “Become a Resource Provider today and change a child’s life tomorrow” 

 

  

A child’s trust is a treasure. Years of broken
promises shatter a child’s ability to trust.
Can you be there for a child? 
Be a foster parent.

What is Foster Care?

Foster care is full-time substitute care of a child or children outside their own home by people other than their biological or adoptive parents or legal guardians.

 

Foster care is intended to be a short term placement until a more permanent placement can be located.

 

Once a child is in the custody of the county, a search will be conducted to see if any family members are willing to take the child or children into their home. However this does take time and another placement, such as a foster home will be needed. Also, there is a chance that no family member will volunteer to take the child or children into their home and at that time we will begin to look for a more permanent placement. This could include a long-term foster care placement or a pre-adoptive home. If no related family member is willing or able to adopt, the next preference is for the child to be adopted by someone in their life they have created a relationship with. This is to maintain continuity in the child's life. If neither above option is available, the child may be adopted by someone who is a stranger to the child.

 

What is the basic purpose of Foster Care?

Who are the Children in Foster Care?

Foster Care National Statistics

What are the requirements to become a foster parent?

How long are Children in Foster Care?

What do you are the foster parent provide the child with?

Will I Receive Support When Working With a Foster Child?

Will I Receive Financial Support When Working With Foster Children?

Why should I consider becoming a Resource Provider?

 

 *What is the basic purpose of Foster Care?

         To provide a safe, nurturing environment, to promote the child’s maximum growth and development.
         To work toward achievement of the permanency goal of the child.

 

*Who are the Children in Foster Care?

        Children in foster care come from different cultural backgrounds.  They may come from homes
        where there has been a family breakdown, illness or they may have been seriously neglected.  Some 
        have been physically, emotionally, or sexually abused.

 

 *FOSTER CARE NATIONAL STATISTICS

      Did You Know :

·         3,000,000 reports of child abuse or neglect are made every year in the United States?

·         Children who experience child abuse and neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit a violent crime?

·         Annually 600 teenage foster children turn 18 & "age-out" of foster care with limited support?

·         40% of foster children are between the ages of 13 and 21?

·         50% of foster children drop out of high school?

·         It is estimated that nationally a foster youth change placements about once every six months?

·         50% of young women previously in foster care will become pregnant by 19 years old?

·         25% of young men previously in foster care will father a child by 19?

·         3 in 10 of the nation’s adult homeless are former foster youth?

·         On average, only 7-13% of foster youth enroll in higher education?

·         1% of former foster children earn a college degree?

 Retrieved from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Child Welfare Information Gateway website 

   

*What are the requirements to become a foster parent?

            ·         Be at least 21 years of age

·         Be a Tioga County Resident

·         Be a  US Citizen

·        Obtain criminal history clearances, child abuse clearances and FBI clearances( every adult in the home must obtain all three clearance, if there are children in the home age 14 or older they will need to complete the criminal history clearance and child abuse clearance

·        Pass a physical examination; be free from communicable diseases and able to handle stress

·        Must be approved, through a home study prepared by TCDHS

·         Successful in managing your own family life and finances

·       Possess patience and understanding for the needs of children

 

*How long are Children in Foster Care?

Each case is different.  Some children are in foster care only a few days or weeks; some may end up being adopted.  The child’s length of stay depends on the circumstances of their placement and the outcomes of the family service plan.

 

*What do you are the foster parent provide the child with?

The most important thing you must provide are food, clothing, shelter, and most of all, love and support.

 

 

*Will I Receive Support When Working With a Foster Child?

      Yes.  The foster care staff and case manager will work closely with you throughout
      the placement.  Our agency also has 24 hour, 7 days a week emergency on-call 
      services.

 

*Will I Receive Financial Support When Working With Foster Children?

Yes.  The Department of Human Services provides a daily stipend for each child in care with your family.  You will also receive daily clothing and incidental rate for each child and you will be reimbursed for approved mileage.

 

*Why should I consider becoming a Resource Provider?

Children in Foster Care are just like any other children-they have their likes, dislikes,  strengths and weaknesses.  These children, like all children, need love, support, guidance, and structure in their lives.  While at times it can be a lot of work, foster parenting is a very rewarding experience.  You have the opportunity to make a real difference in a child’s life, at a time when they may be scared and alone.  There is a tremendous need for Resource families in Tioga County.

 

Click on the application link, fill out the application, and print a copy of the application and send it to:

                                                   Application-Foster Care.pdf 

                                                              TCDHS- Foster Care
                                                          1873 Shumway Hill Road

                                                             Wellsboro
, PA 16901

 

Once we have received your application we will be contacting you to set up a time to visit your home, meet your family, and explain the whole process of becoming a resource provider.

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding becoming a resource provider please contact us at 570-724-5766.