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Foster Care

Caring families who can provide a safe, loving home are needed.

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Foster parents can have an incredible impact on the life of a child in need by providing a safe, loving, temporary home at a time when their lives are in crisis. Children enter foster care for many different reasons, but they all need the same thing: a foster family who is committed to giving them support, encouragement, and guidance through a troubling time. Foster families are an essential part of the work that is done to help give a biological family the opportunity to rebuild their lives. There is an urgent need for foster families. Any family who can provide a loving, safe environment for a child is welcome to apply. We offer our services without discrimination and with the best interest of the children, we serve at the forefront of all we do.

Type of Foster Care

Respite Foster Care:
Families provide short-term care to foster parents who are already caring for children.

Traditional Foster Care:
Families provide for the temporary care of children who are in need of out-of-home care.

Legal Risk:
Families provide care for a child on a temporary basis but are open to adoption should the child become legally free for adoption.

"We have been so incredibly blessed with the staff and agency and will unequivocally recommend anyone who feels called to foster a child who needs a hand to hold, a family to be loved, a home to feel safe in, to work with The Salvation Army Children’s Services. The level of care for each foster family is above and beyond most of what we have experienced in the foster care world. Thank you for everything.”

– Matt and Megan Steinruck, Foster and Adoptive Parents

Five Reasons for You to Become a Family With Us:

State of Pennsylvania

There are more children in Foster Care in Pennsylvania than there are in the entire Pittsburgh School District.

Provide a Home

All types of families are needed. If you are over 21, have an income and can provide a safe and loving home, you are eligible to apply.

Takes Only a Short Time

Becoming a Foster parent is almost completely free. You pay only for your clearances, physical and a potability test if you use well water. With our agency, it takes as little as 3 months.

Apply on Online

Our application process is almost entirely online – making it the fastest and simplest you will find!

Impacts Lives

Children of all ages, from newborn to 21 years need foster families. Caring for a child in foster care provides an opportunity for that child's family to heal.

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