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Apply to Become a Resource Caregiver Today!

Criteria to Become A Resource Caregiver

The criteria provided below outlines the requirements to become a resource caregiver. We have listed several helpful links to assist you. If you have more questions or require additional information, please call Family Pathways at 724-284-9440 and ask for Taylor or email her at


The following is the mandated criteria to become a foster parent:

  • Complete the application and orientation process

  • Yearly Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse Clearance, FBI Clearance, and an Extensive Background Check are required for anyone 18 years or older in the home

  • Complete Mandated Reporter Training is required for anyone 18 years or older in the home

  • Maintain yearly physicals

  • Complete the home safety process

  • Complete training hours (12 hours for foster care and 24 for adoption)

  • Review Policy Paperwork

  • Verify Financial Stability (Social Security Verification Required)

  • If not city water, must submit and pass yearly water test


Starting the Process to Become A Resource Caregiver

To begin the process, complete the following steps and mail the required documents to Family Pathways at

100 Brugh Ave Butler, PA 16001 Attn: Taylor DeGreen or you may email  the documents to

  • ​Fill out the application below

  • Provide pictures of your home (inside and out)

  • Write a brief biography about your family and why you wish to become a resource caregiver

Resources to Become A Resource Caregiver

Please see the following attachments and links below to begin the process in becoming a Resource Caregiver:

Application for a Resource Caregiver

What to expect on your first home visit with us

Resource Family Manual - 1st Section

Family Disaster Plan

Resource Family Manual - 2nd Section

Act 160

Current Policies and Procedures

Physical Form

Additional Information

Family Pathways is open to single parents and same sex couples as potential resource caregivers.


If you have already adopted a child and are looking for more support after the adoption, please visit our Permanency page  or visit to gain more information on post-permanency services.

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