Project Description

Foster Care

Mission: To identify Safe and Loving Homes for Children in the Foster Care System.

Unfortunate circumstances require children to be removed from their home and placed in Foster Care. The Foster Care Program at Concilio finds safe and loving homes for children in Philadelphia’s foster care system. We accomplish through recruiting, assessing, and training quality community members to become certified foster parents. Concilio works with the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services and Community Umbrella Agencies in Philadelphia that refer to children and families in need of an out of home placement.

Concilio foster care parents provide invaluable love and support to help raise a healthy child and a healthy community. They serve as a crucial resource to both children and their biological families. When possible, children in Foster Care are reunified with their family however some situations call for another path to a safe and loving home. When children are unable to reunify with biological parents, Concilio will work to ensure a permanent home through our adoption services.

For requirements to be a foster care parent with Concilio and an interest form please click here – (Requirements to become foster parent – From Philadelphia Department of Human Services “Improving Outcomes for Children” 2012 report) First, you must have a strong commitment to children, abundant patience, and understanding and, above all else, a big heart with love to spare. You must be over 21 years old, single, married or living in a relationship, and not convicted of violent acts or crimes against children. You must be able to provide appropriate sleeping space for foster children apart from the foster parent(s); medical clearance; and references. You must be willing to participate in a home study process and in training; must have a demonstrated ability in caring for children and their families, and must have sufficient income.


Philadelphia Child Abuse Hotline for suspected abuse or neglect of a child


Philadelphia Department of Human Services-

Supportive Service Guide

Children’s Crisis Resources

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For more information on Concilio’s Foster Care Program please contact Jessica Segarra at 215-627-3100 ext 229

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Foster Care – FAQ

When an allegation of abuse and/or neglect is made, the State completes an investigation. If the child is found to be unsafe with their birth family, the State assumes custody of the child who is placed into foster care. Foster families provide temporary care for the child as the birth family works towards reunification. Children can also be placed with relatives under Kinship care.

You must be at least 21 years of age, physically fit to care for a child, financially dependent, meet background check qualifications, and pass a home inspection. A training curriculum of 24 hours must be completed prior to certification; 12 hours of training hours are required throughout the year to maintain certification. A home study is also part of the certification process. Concilio does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, religion, race, or sexual preference. Your family history, current situation, child rearing abilities, and discipline techniques will all be explored.

Children in foster care range in age from birth to 18; in some circumstances until the age of 21. They may display mild, moderate to severe behavioral, therapeutic needs and developmental needs. Foster parents can specify their preferences in regards to age, race, and gender of the child they wish to care for. Concilio does its best to match children with families that will best meet their needs.

The child’s length of stay in care depends on the specific circumstances of their case and parents. An effort to successfully and safely reunify the child with their birth family is explored first. Parents are legally given between 15-18 months to complete their service plans and reunify with their children. Should reunification be ruled out as a feasible permanency goal, other permanency options are explore. A child can remain in a foster home ranging in time from a few days to several months or years.

Resource parents will receive a subsidy from the State to assist with the care of the child placed in their home and their needs. Children also receive medical and dental coverage through the State.


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