The Children's Aid Home Programs of Somerset County, Inc.

Foster Care Programs


The following items are needed for approval as a foster parent:

  • A list of your addresses for the past ten years (please list on the application and on the Resource Family Registration Form)
  • Health appraisals / physicals (agency will provide forms) for applicants and children
  • Act 33/34 Criminal and Child Abuse Clearances need to completed for anyone in the home over the age of 14 (agency will provide the forms, if you need more please let your caseworker know)
  • FBI Clearances – you will need to be fingerprinted (anyone in the home over the age of 18)
  • A list of eight people we can contact for references (list this on the application)
  • Copy of marriage certificate
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Copy of divorce decrees (if applicable)
  • Copy of Driver’s License
  • Copy of homeowner’s or renter’s insurance verification
  • Copy of vehicle insurance cards and verification sheet
  • A water test (if applicable)
  • Proof of your income for the last ten years (You may use Social Security yearly updates, tax returns or sign the enclosed waiver and we can obtain them)
  • Most recent tax return
  • Copy of all pet vaccinations (if applicable)
  • Any agency forms which we will give to you upon orientation
  • Copy of any family court proceedings

Serving

  • Males & Females
  • Birth to age 21
  • Need of a temporary home

Services Provided to Foster Parents

  • Reimbursement for room & board, clothing, & child allowances
  • Training & support
  • 24 Hour on-call caseworker in emergency situations
  • Respite Care

Services Provided by Foster Parent(s)

  • A Stable Home
  • Emotional Support
  • Clothing
  • Health Care
  • Transportation

How To Become A Foster Parent

  • Contact The Children's Aid Home
  • Request to meet a caseworker
  • Complete the foster care application
  • Obtain Act 33/34 Clearances & FBI Clearances
  • Complete Required Training
  • Must Meet Home Safety Requirements

Resources (Online Training)


Online Forms


    Interactive Forms



    Contact Information


    For Foster Care Information
    - Kristin Walters, Foster Care/Permanency Director
    kwalters@cahprogram.org

    For Referral Information
    - Ellen Forney, Placement Director
    eforney@cahprogram.org

    Phone: (814) 443-1637
    Fax: (814) 445-8481

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