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Become a Foster Parent?
First, you must have a strong commitment to children, abundant patience and understanding and, above all else, a big heart with love to spare. You must also be over 21 years old, single, married or living in a relationship, and not convicted of violent acts or crimes against children. You must be able to provide appropriate sleeping space for foster children apart from the foster parent(s); medical clearance; and references.
You must be willing to participate in a home study process and in training; must have a demonstrated ability in caring for children and their families, and must have sufficient income. For more information on becoming a foster parent, please read the foster parent handbook by clicking on the link or contact one of the foster care agencies listed below. You can also call 215-683-4DHS or submit your name and address to dhscommunications@phila.gov and an informational packet will be mailed to your address.
Foster Parent Handbook
Foster care agency directory