In Search of Families

The Caring Families Program provides support for individuals experiencing the challenges of aging, developmental disabilities or mental illness to live more independently. We’re looking for compassionate people who are willing to welcome a new family member into their home for a few days, a few months or even a lifetime.

We match individuals and families that are well suited to each others’ values and lifestyles, so that everyone can live a fulfilling life in the community. People who use the Caring Families Program receive emotional support, nutritious meals, access to laundry services, assistance with personal care and medications as needed.

Become a Caring Family

To quality as a Caring Family, you must:

  • Be sensitive to the needs of others
  • Rent or own a home
  • Become certified in CPR and first aid (we provide training)
  • Provide a private bedroom in your home
  • Have homeowners’ insurance
  • Have a smoke detector
  • Undergo an annual fire and safety inspection
  • Live in Dauphin County

Some training is required by Pennsylvania and KCMHS to become a Caring Family. All Caring Families will receive compensation for opening their home. However, families must not require this compensation to meet their financial needs. Families must also not be related to the person receiving services.

Once an individual joins a family, our staff visits the home once a month to provide guidance and confirm that individuals and families continue to be compatible.

Each family may support up to three individuals in their home. Pets are allowed if agreed to by everyone participating.

Apply to become a Caring Family (DOC)

Eligibility Requirements to Receive Services

To receive services through the Caring Families Program, participants must be:

  • Experiencing the effects of aging, intellectual disabilities or mental illness
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Unable to live alone
  • Experiencing difficulty with daily living activities
  • Eligible for social security
  • Ineligible for 24-hour nursing care
  • Under the supervision of a Dauphin County Case Manager