Clinton County Children & Youth Services
Clinton County C & Y - Foster Care/Kinship Care
Foster care is care given to a child outside his/her own home when the child’s parents are unable or unwilling to provide the necessary care for a child.

The purpose of foster care is to provide a child with a home and family living experiences which are necessary for a growing child.

The goal of foster care is the reunification of the child with his/her own parents. Foster care gives the parent’s time to make the necessary changes for reunification with their child. It also gives the child an opportunity to grow and develop during this time.

The reasons children come into foster care are many and varied and it is impossible to name them all. However, some of the most common reasons are:

1) Temporary disruption of the home due to illness, death, etc.

2) Child neglect and/or abuse
3) Abandonment
4) One or both parents have Mental Health (MH) or Intellectual Disabilities (ID) to
the extent that the parent cannot care for a child adequately.
Please note, this does NOT mean parents with an MH/ID diagnosis will automatically have children removed from their care. This applies only to parents whose diagnosis/disability is severe enough to affect supervision, reasoning, and/or parenting ability.

5) One or both parents are emotionally disturbed thus making it impossible for the
children to remain in the home.
6) The child’s health or personality difficulties require care outside of the home.

7) Conditions in the home endanger the health or morals of a child.

8) Inability of the parents to understand or to cope with behavior problems of their
own child.

Some of the types of children in need of placement are:

1) Adolescents.

2) Status offenders (truants, runaways, etc.)
3) Delinquents (children who have broken the law)
4) Infants and children waiting for an adoption placement .
5) Sibling groups.

6 Children with physical disabilities
7) Children with Mental Health or Intellectual Disabilities
8) Emotionally deprived and emotionally disturbed children.

9) Physically and sexually abused children
10 )Neglected children
2 Piper Way
Suite 200
Lock Haven, PA 17745
Hours: Mon / Tues / Thurs / Fr - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Wed 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Phone/FAX Numbers
  • (570) 893-4100 Main
  • (800) 932-0313 Hotline
  • (570) 748-4783 Fax
Intake Procedure: Call or visit website. If interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact Rebecca Sanford at 570-893-4100 x.3357 or
Service Contact: Autumn Bower, Assistant Director, 570-893-4100,
  • Foster Homes for Dependent Children
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Clinton County Children & Youth Services
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