Foster Care and Reunification Services | Foster Care Parent Information, Requirements, and Training Programs | Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia

Foster Care

Providing care for the children who need it most

Children who need help most—those who are abused or neglected, behaviorally challenged, have special medical needs or whose parents cannot adequately care for them—can find safe haven through Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia.

Our highly trained and established staff support children, foster parents, birth families and governmental agencies. We work to ensure the safety and success of those children within the foster care system.

JFCS Provides

  • Access, navigation and certification for individuals and families interested in foster parenting
  • Case management for foster homes
  • Recruiting
  • Certifying
  • Training
  • Information, resources, and support

Foster Care Process

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JFCS is always seeking compassionate people ready to open their hearts and homes to a child in need, a child with special medical or behavioral challenges, or siblings who need a home together in the greater Philadelphia area. Qualifications for foster parents include:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Physically able to care for children as certified by a physician
  • Adequate and independent source of income
  • Satisfaction of criminal, child abuse, and FBI background clearances
  • Willingness to work as part of a team to help meet the needs of the children and birth families
  • Completion of all necessary information and documentation required for a Pennsylvania Resource Family Profile
  • Possession (ownership or rental) of a safe and appropriate home with adequate space, furnishings and equipment for a child or children
Process to become foster care resource parent (foster care, kinship, adoptive)
The 2- to 5-month certification process includes:

  • Phone screening
  • Initial paperwork
  • Foster care orientation
  • Governmental clearance paperwork
  • Home inspection
  • Foster care training
  • Home interviews
  • Home study
  • Final disclosure to DHS
Training support and in-home services
  • Positive parenting training
  • Ongoing monthly training on various child rearing topics
  • In-home safety and support services
Birth parent participation
One of our goals is for children to be able to return to their birth parents’ homes; to that end, we encourage birth parents to be engaged with the foster families. When appropriate, birth parents are encouraged to have supervised and unsupervised visits as well as attend medical, therapy and school appointments.


We are in challenging and unprecedented times. As we all navigate this new way of living and working together, one thing that remains constant is that JFCs is here for our clients and we are here for each other.


We are watching closely what our City, State and Federal government is saying and doing and translating that into what that means for us as an organization.


We are exploring ways to reach members of our community using the core competencies that we all have to alleviate stress and anxiety. We are communicating with many similar agencies across the country to learn more and better understand policies put forth from our Governor and the Federal government.


Many in the community want to help our clients and want to know what plans we have put in place to reach the most vulnerable.


You can be reassured we remain committed to providing the best care we can offer to all of our clients during these challenging times.


We continue to closely follow the community needs of the community we serve and how we address these ever changing needs.


JFCS is here for you and we will get through this together. Stay safe.