General Links

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

The Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth & Family Services is a statewide organization of private agencies.

Information on adoptable children is available from a number of sources, including:

The Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network

Registry of Waiting Children in PA

Registry of Waiting Children Nationally


Foster and Adoptive Family Links


This site provides a means for individuals to apply for the PA Child Abuse History Clearance online and for mandated reporters to report child abuse in Pennsylvania. The PA Child Abuse History Clearance can be printed immediately if no record exists.

PA State Police online background checks

The Pennsylvania Access to the Criminal History (PATCH) System enables individuals and the public to obtain criminal history record checks.

FBI Background checks/ fingerprinting info

All Applicants must register prior to going to the Fingerprint Center. Please select PA Department of Human Services. You may call 1-844-321-2124 or use the following website to register:

Social Security Earnings Statement

Select My Social Security to request a social security statement verifying income for last 10 years.

Adoption Tax Credit information provided by the IRS

Online Training Program for Foster & Adoptive Families

Complete mandated training hours from your home and around your schedule. Simply go to to get started.

Mandated Reporter Training

This training has been approved by the PA Department of Human Services and Department of State to meet mandated reporting (Act 31) training requirements.

Child Abuse & Molestation Training

To access the child abuse & molestation training and quiz, visit and enter the username and password provided by Children’s Aid Society staff.

University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center


ARP ESSER Health and Safety Plan

The Children’s Aid Society of Franklin County Health and Safety Plan

National School Lunch Program

Summer Meal Information

Methods to locate sites that serve free meals to children during the summer include the following:

  • Call 211
  • Call 1.866.3Hungry or 1.877.8Hambre
  • Text “MEALPA” to 877877 during the summer months
  • Visit the website:
  • Use the site locator for smartphones –

Wellness Policy

Children need access to healthful foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive.  The Children’s Aid Society of Franklin County’s Wellness Policy can be viewed here.  View our latest Wellness Assessment here.  The Wellness Committee will meet in February to review and update (if needed) our wellness policy. View the public meeting notice here.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:


(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;


(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) E-mail: [email protected].

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.