Become a Foster Parent or Respite Caregiver

Being a Foster Parent

At any given time, there are up to 15,000 children in foster care in PA. Even worse, there aren’t enough foster parents. ASCI needs loving, responsible, flexible, patient and compassionate adults to foster out-of-home children who we cannot place with relatives.

The Simple Facts

  • Foster parents receive a generous stipend to meet the needs of children in their care.
  • Becoming certified is less complicated than you think.
  • Foster children enter the system through no fault of their own. They are good kids who have been neglected, abused or abandoned.
  • We will support you every step of the way!

Populations in Need of Foster Parents

  • Children ages 0-12
  • Siblings
  • Teens
  • Teen moms and their babies
  • LGBTQIA2S+ children
  • Children with behavioral issues
  • Spanish-speaking children

Being a Respite Caregiver

Being a respite caregiver means opening your home to a child for a short period of time. It does NOT mean you must become a foster parent! Respite was designed to help foster families by providing mental, physical and emotional breaks when needed, as well as for short-term care following the emergency removal of a child until a proper placement is found. Respite caregivers make a difference by empowering families and keeping children on track to permanent homes!


  • Over the age of 21.
  • Has completed a medical physical and tuberculosis test.
  • Has received child abuse, criminal and FBI clearances.
  • Has completed a home inspection.
  • Has been trained for certification as mandated by Child Protective Services.

Contact Us for More Information on Fostering

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent or respite caregiver through ASCI, please fill out this form and someone will be in touch to answer your questions. All fields required.
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