Foster Care

Have you thought about what it would be like to foster a child in need but wanted more information on how to go about being a foster parent?  JJC will provide all the information needed to go about being a foster parent and how to ready your home to accept a child in need of care.

If after deciding you may not be able to make a full time commitment now, but you are interested in providing support to our foster parents, we welcome you to apply to become a respite foster parent provider. Respite providers  provide existing foster parents with temporary respite care for their foster children for times when our foster parents have to travel  or  may just need some time to attend to other personal obligations for a short period of time.  Sometimes it could be a weekend, or a week depending on the circumstance. It is a great way to support an existing foster parent and provide a very nurturing and loving temporary placement for children.

JJC staff will  screen, train, reimburse, and provide services and support for foster and kinship parents for children who are in need of foster care.


JJC’s foster care program licences and certifies resource homes that can  temporarily provide loving, supportive care to children from birth to 21 years of age. Children are placed in our resource homes due to circumstances that have prevented their birth parents or legal guardians to care for them due to many different circumstances. Not all children that come into foster care are victims of child abuse and neglect. Some children come into care due to reasons such as the death of their guardian, incarceration of their primary care giver, or poverty related issues.  The goal for all children that come into care is to to be reunited with their birth parents, find permanency with other relatives, or find a forever home through adoption or permanent legal custodianship.

 To learn more about being a foster parent  please join us for an upcoming session: 

Friday, August 3, 2018                  10am – 12pm

Thursday, August 9, 2018             6pm – 8pm 

Friday, August 17, 2018                 10am – 12pm 

Friday, August 31, 2018                 10 am – 12pm 

 To view Pennsylvania’s state requirements to foster children, click here.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent,
take our Foster Parent Online Inquiry,
or contact the following:

Patty Jones-Thompson
215-849-2112 ext 5151


For more information regarding referrals and other program information, please contact:

Dr. Corinne Macon, Director of Foster Care and Placement Services

(215) 849 – 2112 ext 5167

E-Mail: CMacon@juvenilejustice.org