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If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent for Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services, please call Shantelle J.  Gammon at 215- 348-6922 or email sjgammon@buckscounty.org with your interest, your telephone number and address.  She will schedule a personal in-home orientation to answer questions and explain the application process.

Again, thank you for your interest in wanting to provide a temporary home for a Bucks County child in need. 

Be A Foster Parent

Share your love with a child
For every challenge there is a reward

 And foster parenting has some very compelling rewards:

  • You play a major role in helping a child in his/her family in time of need
  • You give love and guidance to a child and his/her family
  • You contribute directly to a child's growth and success
  • You help the community as a responsible and caring citizen

Whether for a short time or an extended period, foster family care gives the child's own family the opportunity to direct their energies to issues that affect their ability to care for their child.

Foster Parenting Frequently Asked Questions

Foster Parenting Information Request Form
Would you like more information on becoming a Foster Parent? Do you need questions answered, or have you decided to become a Foster Parent. If you have questions, need more information, or would like someone to contact you to become a Foster Parent, please fill out the Information Request Form and someone will get back to you. Please Note: Depending on your browser (ex. Chrome), you may need to click the "Open in Acrobat" on the top right. If there is no button, and it does not allow you to submit, download the form to your computer. This form works with your email, and should open your email or email browser to send. If it does not, or your email does not have that capability, save the file and email as an attachment.

Foster Parenting is the Ultimate Challenge 
It is welcoming a child into your home and preparing the child to eventually return to his/her own family.

Children who need foster care families come from all backgrounds.

They include infants and adolescents of all races and religions. Often they come in sibling groups, that is, with their brothers and sisters. These children have a multitude of needs. Reasons for separating them from their family include:

  • Neglect or abandonment
  • Severe parent-child conflict
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Physical/mental illness of a parent
  • Incarceration of a parent
  • Homelessness
  • The child's emotional or behavioral needs are not being met by the parent
  • Parental dependency on drugs and/or alcohol

You can make a difference 
Foster families receive support for the foster child:

  • Financial support
  • Medical assistance
  • Training
  • Caseworker services
  • Free membership in the Bucks County Foster Parent Association

Change the course in a young person's life and consider becoming a foster parent for youth ages 12 and up. Of the 370 children and youth in the custody of the Bucks County Children & Youth Social Services Agency, one-third of them are placed outside of the County of Bucks.  The agency is working vigorously to keep Bucks County youth in Bucks County.  To that end, the Bucks County Children & Youth Social Services Agency is actively seeking Bucks County residents to provide a foster/resource family connection for one or more of these young individuals, in particular youth ages 12 and up.   Adolescents, who are unable to stay in the physical custody of their legal parents, do best when placed in a family home rather than a group or institutional setting.  By staying in their own community, they can continue to maintain close contact with family and friends, and possibly attend their same school. Rewards of foster parenting this age group include a sense of accomplishment, preparing an adolescent for independence, helping youth feel good about themselves and an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a youth. 

The Bucks County Children & Youth Social Services Agency provides child protection services to children and families and foster care for children whose families are unable to care for them.

Bucks County Children & Youth foster families provide care for children who live in Bucks County. Foster homes are needed where the children can identify culturally and ethnically with their caregivers. The children are counting on you. You CAN make a difference.

Be a BCCYSSA Foster Parent

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Business Hours:

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

*Request to speak to Intake Service at extension 6950 or to your social worker*

Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency: The Agency with the official regulatory responsibility for ensuring the safety and well-being of children in Bucks County.

Bucks County Children and 
Youth Social Services Agency 

Marjorie McKeone, LCSW, Director 

We have Moved! New Address:
Bucks County Administration Building
55 E. Court Street, 3rd Floor
Doylestown, PA 18901