A Precious Gift Adoption Resource Center

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227 Bear Brook Acres
Madison Township, PA 18444
United States

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Monday9AM - 5PM
Tuesday9AM - 5PM
Wednesday9AM - 5PM
Thursday9AM - 5PM
Friday9AM - 5PM
Saturday9AM - 5PM
Sunday9AM - 5PM

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A Precious Gift Adoption Resource Center is a not-for-profit corporation founded by two women with unique adoption experiences. We are a licensed adoption agency in northeast Pennsylvania. Because of our unique personal experiences in adoption, A Precious Gift ARC can provide a deep understanding of your fears, concerns, dreams, and desires about the adoption process. You need to know that we share your ethical standards and moral convictions as it relates to adoption.

Our Philosophy - We believe all children need and deserve a safe, loving, stable, happy family and home life. A Precious Gift ARC encourages adopting couples and prospective birthparents to actively participate in the adoption process and work together to provide a responsible, compassionate, and positive environment for the child who is the center of the adoption plan. We believe adoption is forever, and that both sets of parents — adoptive parents and birthparents — have unique and deserving roles in the child’s life. We believe in a compassionate and respectful adoption approach that focuses on the lifelong needs and desires of all parties involved.

Services and information

  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

You must meet minimum requirements to provide foster care in Pennsylvania. Foster parents for children in need must:

  • Be a minimum of 21 years old
  • Pass a criminal background check with fingerprinting
  • Have time and energy to devote to fostering
  • Live in a safe and healthy environment
  • Prove good health through a medical examination/physical
  • Maintain financial stability
  • Clear all home safety requirements
  • Complete required pre-service training hours
  • Finish the Home Inspection

After fulfilling all requirements during the approval process, licensed foster parents can welcome a foster child into their home. To maintain a valid license, foster parents must also participate in ongoing training each year.

All adults who are living in homes with foster children in Pennsylvania must pass a required criminal background check and fingerprinting. This includes adult children who are family members living at home.

There are other, more detailed requirements for foster homes, such as having a flushing toilet and an operable phone. Prospective foster parents will learn more details during foster parent orientation.

Once you've decided to foster, you can contact a public or private foster agency or the Pennsylvania State Resource Family Association. Foster agencies screen and train prospective foster families and ensure applicants are good candidates for foster care.

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