Foster Care Services 
Foster parents can have an incredible impact on the life of a child in need by providing a safe, loving, temporary home at a time when their lives are in crisis. Children enter foster care for many different reasons, but they all need the same thing: a foster family who is committed to giving them support, encouragement, and guidance through a troubling time. Foster families are an essential part of the work that is done to help give a biological family the opportunity to rebuild their lives. There is an urgent need for foster families. Any family who can provide a loving, safe environment for a child is welcome to apply. We offer our services without discrimination and with the best interest of the children, we serve at the forefront of all we do.
Type of Foster Care
Respite Foster Care: Families provide short-term care to foster parents who are already caring for children
Traditional Foster Care: Families provide for the temporary care of children who are in need of out-of-home care.
Legal Risk: Families provide care for a child on a temporary basis but are open to adoption should
the child become legally free for adoption.



State of Pennsylvania

There are more children in Foster Care in Pennsylvania than there are in the entire Pittsburgh School District.

Provide A Home 

All types of families are needed. If you are over 21, have an income and can provide a safe and loving home, you are eligible to apply.

Takes no time

Becoming a Foster parent is almost completely free. You pay only for your clearances, physical and a potability test if you use well water. With our agency, it takes as little as 3 months.

Apply on Online

Our application process is almost entirely online – making it the fastest and simplest you will find!

Impacting Lives

Children of all ages, from newborn to 21 years need foster families. Caring for a child in foster care provides an opportunity for that child's family to heal.

"We have been so incredibly blessed with the staff and agency and will unequivocally recommend anyone who feels called to foster a child who needs a hand to hold, a family to be loved, a home to feel safe in, to work with The Salvation Army Children’s Services. The level of care for each foster family is above and beyond most of what we have experienced in the foster care world. Thank you for everything.”

- Matt and Megan Steinruck, Foster and Adoptive Parents

Ways to Give

When you join our team of volunteers, you’re helping us build communities where lives are changed and hope is found. Volunteers are one of our strongest resources. Donate your time to our Salvation Army Children Service Programs.
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Our unique services could not be possible without those who share in the vision to transform and restore lives in their communities. Donate to our programs to impact the lives of children in need.


We want you to feel confident when making the best decision of Adoption by the use of resources you’ve given from The Salvation Army Children's Service. We pride ourselves on being one of the leading agencies in Children Services and want to direct throughout the journey of adoption.
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