Adoption/Foster Care

The Institute for Human Resources & Services (IHRS) has provided Foster Care & Adoption Services for over 30 years. IHRS is a licensed foster care and adoption agency through the state of Pennsylvania and is an affiliate of the Statewide Adoption & Permanency Network (SWAN).

Our agency offers a full-range of foster care and adoption services provided by knowledgeable and caring staff. The IHRS currently employs five foster care and adoption professionals and utilizes one independent contractor in order to best accommodate the needs of the counties and families we serve.
Workers can be reached during normal business hours; however, staff is available 24 hours through on-call services at (570) 288-9386.

Foster Care:

Approved resource families would be provided with the following items for each child placed in their home:

  • A competitive per diem daily rate which includes a clothing allowance
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Monthly allowance for each foster child
  • One-on-one caseworker supervision and support
  • 24-hour on-call services (570) 288-9386
  • Ongoing educational trainings
  • Continuation of services from foster care through adoption

Prospective foster/resource parents must go through a series of background checks, clearances, home safety inspections, and interviews before being approved.


In addition to foster care services, IHRS also provides adoption services to children and families. These services include:

  • Child Preparation: A child-specific unit of services working with a caseworker one-on-one toward county specific goals (i.e. reunification, adoption, independent living, APPLA, & PLC). Children may participate in completing a personalized Lifebook, which contains information and photos pertaining to the child and/or their families (both birth & foster). The goals of child prep include: Giving the child a voice, answering the child’s questions, making connections, and looking to the future. Caseworkers also work with children through issues of Grief and Loss.
  • Child Profile: A comprehensive document outlining the child and birth family’s history. This profile includes social, medical, and educational history.
  • Adoptive Family Profile: A comprehensive biography of the adoptive family. This document is a necessary part of the adoption process and is provided to a lawyer and judge prior to an adoption. The IHRS is able to provide home studies for families through county agencies as well as through private arrangements.
  • The IHRS is part of a training collaboration with other local agencies in order to provide adoption training to those families in the process of adopting.
  • Adoption Finalization: The completion of legal paperwork for the county agency as well as the adoptive family. This service includes ongoing, monthly supervision of the adoptive placement as well as accompanying the family to the adoption hearing.
  • Child Specific Recruitment: Locating and facilitating contact with certified adoptive resources in order to give children in need of permanency a forever connection.
  • Placement: This service includes working with both the adoptive family and birth family in order to develop a Post Adoption Contact Agreement (PACA).

Every child deserves a family. Let us help you through the rewarding journey of providing a child in need with a loving and stable home. We look forward to working with you!

Download our Foster Care/Adoption applications below:

Foster Parent Application

Adoptive Parent Application

Adoptive Parent Checklist

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