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Foster Care & Adoption

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.