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Prevention Services

Strengthening Families

Children’s Home Strengthening Families Program is an effective, dynamic, family-focused prevention program that benefits all kinds of families who care for children aged 10 to 14. Free to those who attend, this seven-week program teaches children and their families skills they need to be a  stronger, more effective family. The program reinforces the importance of building positive relationships, setting appropriate limits and following through with consequences.

This program is sponsored by the York/Adams Drug and Alcohol Commission and the York County Children, Youth and Family Services.

Session format

  • Families who enroll meet once a week (2 ½ hours) for seven consecutive weeks. 
  • Meetings begin with a free family meal.
  • Parents and children break into separate work groups led by professionally trained and certified facilitators who present a variety of topics from a curriculum designed to give families the tools they need to take control of their situation.
  • Free childcare is available for younger siblings in the program. 
  • Awards and prizes are given for those who complete the program.


Referrals to the Children’s Home of York’s Strengthening Families Program can be made through a variety of sources, 
Judges • Guidance Counselors • Case Managers from Children, Youth and Families • Juvenile Probation.

In addition, anyone from the general community who is interested in strengthening their parenting skills can call to register for the program. 

As the Strengthening Families is already funded, there is no cost to those who refer or attend.

Families who care for children aged 10 to 14 are welcome to participate in 
from attending the Strengthening Families Program. 

  • Single and married parents
  • Blended Families
  • Grandparents, aunts and uncles
  • Guardians, 
  • Foster parents & those who provide kinship care.


Please submit all questions and referrals to:

Fact sheets

For more information or referrals: or 717-755-1033 ext. 1257