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I want to become a foster parent...

I am in Pennsylvania, and my husband and I would like to become foster parents. We are currently caring for my nephew, but he will be returning to his mother soon. I need advice on where to start, what agencies to look at, and how long it takes. Thanks.

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chickadee8654

Asked by chickadee8654 at 6:01 PM on Nov. 9, 2008 in General Parenting

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  • I would start with human services.
    SamanthaAgain

    Answer by SamanthaAgain at 6:03 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

  • Yes, Human services is a good place to start. CPS can guide you through where you need to be. I think it's great you want to do this. Just remember every time a child is placed in your home, it's only temporary. Emotions will fly.
    Xee

    Answer by Xee at 6:53 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

  • Thanks Xee... I am afraid of the emotional side, but at the same time, I can't be selfish. These children need somewhere safe to weather the storm.

    I've had my nephew living with me on several occassions over the past 9 years of his life, and every time he returns to his mom it's very tough on me.
    chickadee8654

    Answer by chickadee8654 at 9:21 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

  • This is a big, yet wonderful step you are taking. I was a foster child for years. I met my adoptive family through foster care. Rules are different state, but you can most likely and social workers office or police station.

    http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/ServicesPrograms/ChildWelfare/003676623.htm

    http://www.adopting.org/adoptions/becoming-a-foster-parent-2.html

    http://parentingtweens.suite101.com/article.cfm/becoming_a_foster_parent

    Just remember, even if you can't see it... You will be making a difference in every life that passes through your house. The kids may not thank you right away, but as they get older they will remember your help, support, and love.
    Mary_CoreysMom

    Answer by Mary_CoreysMom at 1:15 AM on Nov. 11, 2008

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