Juvenile Justice Center, Inc.

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100 West Coulter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
United States

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Monday 9 AM-2 AM
Tuesday 9 AM-2 AM
Wednesday 9 AM-2 AM
Thursday 9 AM-2 AM
Friday 9 AM-2 AM
Saturday 6 PM-2 AM
Sunday 6 PM-2 AM
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JJC is a non-profit, multi-service organization dedicated to the safety and welfare of vulnerable children, youth and families in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We provide an array of intervention, prevention, and community based services to children, youth, and families who are in need of supportive services. Since 1976, JJC provided serval thousands of children and youth programming through an array of in-home, out of home, community and school based services focusing on intervention, prevention, and community based services. JJC is a non-profit, multi-service organization dedicated to the safety and welfare of vulnerable children, youth and families in Philadelphia. Our mission is to prevent children and youth from entering the child welfare and juvenile justice system through supportive services in their homes, community and in schools. This page is dedicated to helping the public learn about upcoming events, and other child welfare resources available to anyone who may be in need of services whether they are children in severe circumstances, parents in need of support, or anyone wishing to make a difference in the life of a child.

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.

Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

4.1 / 5
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Vladimir Packard
Dec 23, 2022

Took my son.

Rating: 5

Cierra S
Sep 19, 2022

Avonna who is the program director has been very helpful with me and my daughter during the referral process. She also responded back at appropriate times and she made me feel comfortable through the process of getting assistance for my child.

Rating: 5

Lovely Rayy
Jul 17, 2022

Attended a parenting class here on my own and i must say that it was an amazing experience. I met wonderful people and the instructor Ms Hernandez was extremely helpful, kind, loving and truly providing amazing service to me. I am forever grateful that i met her. I recommend everyone signup for parenting class not matter if it was issued but the courts or just out of curiosity. The world tends to think that being a percent is being better than your parents or providing for them what you never had. But it is more than that. It takes a strong person to raise another strong person.

Rating: 5

Wanda Perry
Dec 09, 2019

My grandkids go here.

Rating: 4

Beauty Dior
Jun 06, 2019

Was a good facility I attended the parenting class there a few times!!

Rating: 5