Children's Aid Society in Clearfield County

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1008 South Second Street
Clearfield, PA 16830
United States

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DayHours
Monday 8 AM-4 PM
Tuesday 8 AM-4 PM
Wednesday 8 AM-4 PM
Thursday 8 AM-4 PM
Friday 8 AM-4 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Our agency provides professional services throughout central Pennsylvania through many different program areas including:

  • Adoption & Foster Care
  • Child Care & Early Learning
  • Youth Mentoring
  • Family Support Services

Our mission is to “identify and provide services to improve the lives of children and their families.”

We have been serving local families since 1890 and last year, our services helped 1,420 children and adults.

Our Foster Care program provides nurturing, supportive foster families for children who are in need of temporary care until they are reunified with their biological families or become available for adoption.

 


Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • 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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3.7 / 5
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Corey Aungst
Jun 03, 2020

Choosing a perfect agency to represent you through an incredibly emotional, exciting , albeit scary process can often times be a decision based on gut feeling . reviews or word of mouth. For new or prospective families you need an agency that will be your advocate and partner in the process. Not having a ton of information about Children’s Aid Society I decided to go with them based off a few previous reviews. This was a mistake. If you’re considering using this agency I would keep looking. Staff seem over loaded with cases, disorganized and seemingly unhappy. In my short time with this agency I’ve experienced multiple staff turnovers. I found out the hard way that they will for sure not have their families backs. I had to literally jump through hurdles to be reimbursed for already authorized expenses that was owed by the agency. I found myself pleading with the Financial Manager for more than 2 months to be payed back only to be told that making any effort to arrange for reimbursement of my expenses was actually doing me a favor? Arrogant with a 2 dimensional frame of mind and archaic processes. I had to literally escalate the issue to the Executive Director to finally get reimbursed with no follow up apology by anyone in management. Serious management issues; I’ve decided to complete my adoption elsewhere and I encourage others to do the same.

Rating: 2