The Salvation Army Children's Services

foster care service, adoption services

Doing the Most Good for Kids

Every child, from birth to twenty one years of age, deserves a safe, nurturing place to call home. The Salvation Army Children's Services: Foster Care and Adoption Program helps connect children in the Lehigh Valley and Southeast Pennsylvania with safe, loving, and caring homes and families. We offer a variety of foster care and adoption services as well as training and support. 

  

As a foster parent or adoptive parent with our program, you will receive close, personalized attention from caring staff and ongoing support throughout your journey.  We are ranked in the top 5% of children’s service agencies monitored by the State of Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, scoring 100% on all agency audit requirements for both our Allentown and Harleysville offices for the past three years in a row

Fostering Children

When you make the decision to foster children, we will support you every step of the way.  We offer three types of foster care:

  • Regular Foster Care: Foster parents provide for the temporary care for children who require out of home care.
  • Respite Foster Care: Respite families provide short term care to foster parents who are already caring for children.
  • Foster-Adopt (Legal Risk): Foster parents provide care for a child on a temporary basis but are open to adoption should the child become legally  free for adoption.


Adoption

 With over 2,000 foster children in Pennsylvania waiting for a forever family, the need for loving families  is great.  We provide services for the following types of adoption:

  • Foster Care Adoption: Adoption of a child that you are fostering if the child becomes legally free for adoption.
  • SWAN Adoption: Adoption through the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) of a child in Pennsylvania who is legally free for adoption and already waiting for a permanent family. 
  • Home Study for Private Adoptions: Our agency can provide a private adoption home study when a family is working with a private adoption agency/attorney for infant adoption, relative/kinship adoption, custody, etc.

Visit Coaching

Visit Coaching is a nurturing program designed to help biological families work toward reunification with their children. The program pairs a Visit Coach with parents to help them prepare for visits with their children, and to support them in learning new skills to meet their children's needs. We have been providing this innovative program in Lehigh County since 2013.

Training

We offer a variety of information sessions and training opportunities to help prospective and new resource parents navigate the process of foster care and/or adoption and complete the education requirements to become approved for placements.

Support Services and Programs

The HALO Project is just one of the programs we offer to help support foster and adoptive children and families. Because our program is small in size, we are able to offer personalized attention and care that meets your family's individual needs.

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