Genesis of Pittsburgh, Inc.

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550 California Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
United States

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Monday9AM - 5PM
Tuesday9AM - 5PM
Wednesday9AM - 5PM
Thursday9AM - 5PM
Friday9AM - 5PM
Saturday9AM - 5PM
Sunday9AM - 5PM
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Genesis of Pittsburgh is a social service agency dedicated to providing life affirming programs and services to pregnant women, children, and adoptive families.

Being a good mother is one of the toughest jobs in the world and it’s almost impossible when you are pregnant, homeless, and without family. That is why our program was created, to help courageous mothers secure a brighter more stable future for themselves and their babies and to know all the options available to them in order to CREATE NEW BEGINNINGS.

Our counselors are available to help you create a plan for your future by listening and supporting you in your decisions. Whether you decide to place your child for adoption or raise them yourself, Genesis provides emotional support, practical assistance, and future planning programs, before and after delivery, to each woman who asks for help.

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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