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Children, Youth & Families
Chester County Department of Children, Youth & Families Resource Family Program
The Chester County Department of Children, Youth and Families Resource Family Program provides temporary foster or kinship care for children who need out-of-home placement and may eventually provide permanency for those children, including an adoptive home. In Chester County, a resource parent could be a foster or kinship parent.
Foster Care is temporarily caring for a child until his or her parent or parents can resume full responsibility. The goal of foster care is to provide for the physical, emotional, and social needs of children in a "substitute" family setting until the child's own family can be reunited.
Together, the foster parents and the agency work to help children in placement achieve permanence, safety, and well-being.
Kinship Care is the agency's first consideration for placement if a child needs to be removed from the home. This is a family or individual who has an existing relationship with the child and/or the child's family.
Basic requirements for becoming a foster parent include:
Must be at least 25 years of age
Attend an orientation, pre-service training, and have an approved home study completed by our agency
A home or apartment that meets basic standards as set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW)
An adequate income to support your own family
Willingness to work in partnership Resource Family Program Form with the caseworker and others in planning for the child
Interested? Please complete our
Resource Family Program Form
For more information on foster care, please contact The Home Finder:
Ph: (610) 344-5775
If you belong to a group or organization that would be interested in learning more about foster care and foster parenting, please contact the Home Finder to arrange a presentation.
Chester County Office of Children and Youth
Ph: (610) 344-5800
Introduction to Foster Care Brochure
Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange
Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Office of Children Youth and Families (OCYF)
National Foster Parent Association, Inc.
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