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: 

April 2, 2019 10am-12pm                            October 1, 2019 10am -12pm
April 16, 2019 6pm-8pm                             October 15, 2019 6pm -8pm

May 7, 2019 10am -12pm                            November 5, 2019 10am -12pm
May 21, 2019 6pm-8pm                                November 19, 2019 6pm -8pm

June 4, 2019 10am-12pm                              December 3, 2019 10am -12pm
June 18, 2019 6pm-8pm                                December 17, 2019 6pm-8pm

July 2,2019 10am-12pm                                January 7, 2020 10am -12pm
July 16,2019 6pm-8pm                                   January 21, 2020 6pm-8pm

August 6,2019 10am-12pm                           February 4, 2020 10am-12pm
August 20, 2019 6pm-8pm                            February 18, 2020 6pm-8pm

September 3, 2019 10am-12pm                   March 3, 2020 10am-12pm
September 17, 2019 6pm-8pm                      March 17, 2020 6pm-8pm

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

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, click this link Foster Parent Online Inquiry. A representative will contact you within one business day.

For general questions, please contact our Director of Support Services @ 215-849-2112 ext 5411