Your Qualifications

Resource families should be able to offer:
  • Flexibility to respond to court or WCCB requests
  • Time to take your foster child for WCCB-paid medical, dental and psychological care and for supervised visits with the birth family
  • Financial stability to assure a secure environment
  • A strong, caring extended support system of family, friends and community to help you
  • Understanding to help a child overcome the effects of a family in crisis and to initiate experiences essential for healthy personality development
  • Patience to help a child discover and appreciate the benefits of a stable, caring home


Resource families need to be able to have:
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Pass clearances:
    • at 14 years of age: State Police and Child Abuse
    • at 18 years of age: State Police, Child Abuse and FBI
  • Obtain physicals from doctor which state they are physically able to care for foster children
  • Pass home safety requirements
  • Provide 5 references including employer
  • Attend two in-office orientations, 2 hours each
  • Complete 13 hours pre-service training
  • Comply with Act 160 regulations
Other minor requirements discussed on an individual basis.