Family Foster Care
This is what is usually meant when the term "foster care" is used. Family foster care in most cases involves taking in a child who is not a part of your own family, on either a short or long term basis, until they either return to their birth family, move on to another foster home or other setting, are adopted, or turn 18.
TREATMENT FOSTER CARE
"TFC" is similar to Family Foster Care, except that it involves taking in a child who exhibits more severe behaviors and has some kind of counseling, treatment, or other additional support system in place.
MEDICAL FOSTER CARE
Caring for a child who has medical needs. These needs can range from minor, such as taking a regular medication, to more intensive, if the child is wheelchair-bound, or on specialized breathing equipment.
This involves taking in a child who is a part of your family or whom you know in some other way. Unlike with Family Foster Care, a kinship home is identified by the county or other referring agency, and then must choose which foster care agency (such as Children's Choice) they want to work with.
Adoption & Permanency
When you adopt a child into your life, it is a bond that you establish forever. You are taking the responsibilities, challenges, and benefits of caring for that child upon yourself and your loved ones. Your lives will be greatly affected by this wonderful decision!
If you have finalized an adoption or PLC in the past, and are feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or lacking resources, you are not alone! Children's Choice, Inc. offers Post-Permanency Services to Pennsylvania families in order to ensure that they are provided the support needed following the finalization of an adoption or PLC. These services are made available by the Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN), in order to encourage positive lifelong experiences for families.