Foster Care

Foster parenting is a significant and rewarding opportunity that helps shape brighter futures. Youth in foster care often have special emotional, educational, and health needs related to their experiences of abuse and neglect. There are approximately 200 children from Westmoreland County currently placed in foster care. What you choose to do today will make a lasting difference in the life of a child.

The Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau thanks all of the dedicated foster families for the work they do with children and families. By opening your home and sharing your heart, you offer help to children and families in crisis and help promote the healing process.

Each May, during National Foster Care Month, the spotlight shines on the children, foster families and the child welfare professionals who make foster care work. Often foster parents do not receive the gratitude or recognition their efforts truly deserve. In the words of an experienced foster mother who has provided a loving and safe home for many children and has proudly adopted 4 children over the past 11 years, “Every child adds to my life tremendously. What did I ever do to deserve this? I love my life. I have three in diapers, three high chairs, three cribs.”

To learn more on how to become a foster parent or about the foster care system, please contact Michelle Brant at the Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau, (724) 830-3301. All children deserve and benefit from the love of a family.