Foster Care

Is there room in your heart and home for a child in need?

These children need a loving family who will walk with them during a time of crisis and welcome them unconditionally into a caring home. The goal of Bethany’s Foster Care program is to provide temporary care for children with the ultimate aim of reuniting them with their biological family or while finding an adoptive family for those whom reunification is not an option. Toward that goal, we seek stable families who can love and nurture to children who are going through a challenging time.

Children in foster care have been removed from their families because of neglect and abuse. They are placed with Bethany foster parents who can meet their need for a loving and supportive home environment. The children are in the legal care of the State but, like every child, they need a family to care for them.

Children range in age from infants to teenagers and typically remain in your care for at least a few months. They come from many different ethnic backgrounds. The highest-priority need is for foster homes for sibling groups and children from minority groups.

 

 

Have you considered foster care adoption?

There are more than 100,000 children in the foster care system who are available for adoption. Could you be their forever family?

Learn more about adoption from foster care>

 

* Foster care is not offered in all Bethany branches

Can you provide a home to a vulnerable child in Pennsylvania?

Our greatest need is for foster and adoptive families to accept sibling groups of two or more children up to age 17. Could your family welcome these children into your family, even for a short time?

Call 215.376.6200

Or use our contact form:

Foster Care Meetings

Application packets are distributed at this time.

Date Time Location
Sep 9 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Bethany Christian Services
Sep 18 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Bethany Christian Services
Oct 7 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Bethany Christian Services
Oct 16 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Bethany Christian Services
Nov 4 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Bethany Christian Services

What qualities does a foster parent need?

Foster parents need to have positive parenting skills, patience, stability, maturity, and a love of children. It is also helpful to know and understand childhood development. Foster parents work with staff from community agencies toward identified goals for the children in their care.

 

Benefits of fostering through Bethany

Bethany is committed to supporting foster parents like you. Foster parents participate in orientation and hours of training on child development and resources for parents. We offer ongoing supervision and support visits by a trained Bethany caseworker, plus regular educational training and support meetings, 24-hour crisis intervention services, and respite care as needed. Monthly reimbursement rates will be based on the level of care that you provide. Medical and dental care for all foster children is paid through state Medicaid programs.

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