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 caregiver, 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 virtual session: 

Please register for one of these sessions:

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 6pm-8pm               Tuesday,  April 27, 2021 6pm -8pm

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 10am -12pm       Tuesday, May 11, 2021 10am -12pm

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 6pm-8pm           Tuesday, May 25, 2021 6pm -8pm

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 10am-12pm          Tuesday, June 8, 2021 10am -12pm

Tuesday December 29, 2020 6pm-8pm          Tuesday, June 29, 2021 6pm-8pm

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10am-12pm           Tuesday, July 13, 2021 10am -12pm

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 6pm-8pm             Tuesday, July 27, 2021 6pm-8pm

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 10am-12pm          Tuesday, August 10, 2021 10am-12pm

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 6pm-8pm            Tuesday, August 31, 2021 6pm-8pm

Tuesday, March 9 2021 10am-12pm                Tuesday, September 14, 2021 10am-12pm

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 6pm-8pm               Tuesday, September 28, 2021 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 to discuss next steps and schedule you for an orientation session.

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