Who We Are

handsPSRFA advocates for all those who care about children and their families. We work supportively with foster, adoptive, and kinship families, and with local foster parent associations and agencies who care for the children they serve. Our vision is to involve all parts of the community to improve the quality of family life in Pennsylvania and to influence child welfare policy and practice, both nationally and internationally.

What began as a small association in 1974 in the kitchen of a foster family has grown into a statewide association. PSRFA is well respected across Pennsylvania and is recognized for the outstanding advocacy efforts and services it provides to foster children, children adopted from foster care and the families who serve them. But more importantly, we recognize the need to improve public perception of foster children and resource families. PSRFA recognizes that many people do not understand exactly what foster care is or how children end up in foster care. They do not realize that the children in care are there through no fault of their own.

With your critical support and by opening our hearts and homes, TOGETHER, we can offer a bright future to these deserving children and youth! Because as we know, “children are worth it!

To learn more, call us at 1-800-951-5151.


A Message from Barbara Forshey – President

Barbara ForsheyDear Friends,

At PSRFA, we are proud of the many special families who step forward in Pennsylvania to nurture and support foster and adoptive children. We appreciate the commitment so many have made to partner with us to offer a hand up to help create a brighter future for all!

It takes an entire community of caring adults to support these children who need families and homes. If you are unable to become a foster family, please consider helping us in other ways or through a donation. Click here to learn more about how you can help.

By joining forces, EACH of us IS making a difference and offering valuable resources and most importantly hope!

Very Sincerely,

Barbara Forshey
President, PSRFA


A Message From Kathy Ramper – Executive Director

Kathy RamperDear Friends,

Foster parenting is a chance to make a difference in a child’s life. When you open your home to care for a child, you help that deserving young person learn and develop in a nurturing environment. You offer tremendous hope in their often times chaotic life. But it takes incredible dedication. It’s a true act of love.

At PSRFA, we value caring adults who make that commitment either through foster parenting or adoption. So many are helping children and families through difficult times. What a joy to see 65 percent of those children getting adopted. These families are unique and special. THANK YOU for all you do!

We extend our appreciation to all of the foster parents who have made PSRFA a strong organization today, “Families Helping Families.”

Best Regards,

Kathy Ramper
Executive Director PSRFA