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Foster Care Programs

Short-Term & Long-Term Foster Care
Our Permanency Program has offices in Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania which provide a variety of services for children and their biological, foster and/or adoptive families from birth through the age of 21. Our structured, therapeutic family environment offers intensive support with the goal of helping children in our care secure a permanent family as quickly as possible. We work with a pool of resource parents to provide kinship care and a variety of Permanency support services throughout Pennsylvania. We maintain an ongoing process of recruitment, screening, and training — which enables us to offer diverse geographical and racial/ethnic environments essential to the successful placement of children and sibling groups of all ages who have a variety of emotional and psychological needs.

We serve children who are able to function in a family setting with support and structure. (This includes children with family conflicts, truancy, defiant and runaway behaviors; victims of physical and/or sexual abuse; minor delinquency, those with educable and trainable disabilities and children who have emotional disturbances.) Mother and child placements are also available. 

Kinship Care
Children’s Home offers Kinship Care services as part of our Permanency Program. Kinship Care is when children who have been separated from their parent(s) are temporarily placed in the home of a caregiver who has an existing relationship with the child or the child’s natural family. Kinship Care providers can be family such as adult brothers or sisters, cousins, an uncle or aunt, grandparent or others who have a close tie to the child in need of care.

Kinship Care supports the concept of children residing with a relative rather than placing a child in a foster home or other type of out-of-home placement. For children who come into the care of the child welfare system, Kinship Care creates another placement option for a child who may not be able to continue living at home with his or her parents.

Like those who take foster children into their home, Kinship Caregivers must meet certain eligibility requirements and participate in initial and ongoing training. They also receive support and benefit from financial assistance to provide care for the child placed in their home.

Kinship Care is the historic and natural way to support children within their family and community and offers many benefits, including the continuity of family traditions and preserving significant attachments, identities and cultures.

Long-Term Foster Care to Adoption                                  
Serving Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania which provide a variety of services for children and their biological, foster and/or adoptive families from birth through the age of 18. Our structured, therapeutic family environment offers intensive support with the goal of helping children in our care secure a permanent family as quickly as possible. We work with a pool of resource parents to provide kinship care and a variety of Permanency support services throughout Pennsylvania. We maintain an ongoing process of recruitment, screening and training, which enables us to offer diverse geographical and racial/ethnic environments essential to the successful placement of children and sibling groups of all ages who have a variety of emotional and psychological needs.

Our Permanency Program serves children who are able to function in a family setting with support and structure. (This includes children with family conflicts, truancy and defiant and runaway behaviors; victims of physical and/or sexual abuse; minor delinquency, those with educable and trainable mental retardation and children who have emotional disturbances.) A limited number of mother and child placements are also available.

Referral inquiries are made directly to the Permanency Program. During the intake process, referral material — including a social history, family service plan and amendments, school records, health/immunization records, psychological and/or psychiatric reports and other pertinent information — is gathered. If a child is already in a residential setting, a time is scheduled with the referring agency in order to complete and intake interview for the child.

Children’s Home of York employs a team approach and works collaboratively with the child, resource parents, referring agency, public school system and biological parents (when possible) to set long-term goals with the child and family. Admission and the provision of services are made without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability. However, referred children and adolescents must have the mental and physical ability to benefit from the Permanency Program. Children who have serious untreated drug/alcohol addictions, those with violent and assaultive behaviors or a history of fire setting and those who are actively psychotic may not be appropriate for referral.

Training & Support
Individuals and families can be approved in as little as six to eight weeks to become resource parents. Families interested in adopting a child out of Foster Care can be dually certified to provide Foster Care and to become an adoptive parent. The process moves quickly, pending the completion of all safety and background requirements.

We are committed to providing assistance and support every step of the way. Pre-service training prepares applicants to become effective foster parents. Once approved, you will participate in monthly training sessions. Ongoing support, education, and communication, bi-weekly in-home visits, help arranging respite care, special assistance in cases of emergency, and social networking opportunities are among the many services foster parents can expect to receive from the Permanency Program.

In addition, foster parents receive TAX-FREE financial support to help meet the needs of the children placed in their home. A daily rate is provided. Transportation expenses are reimbursed, and foster children have their own medical coverage as well as funds for allowance and clothing expenses.