Family Care for Children & Youth Is Affiliated With the Statewide and Permanency Network (SWAN)
Family Care for Children & Youth is proud to offer a number of comprehensive services for anyone interested in adopting through the Pennsylvania child welfare system. We have helped hundreds of children and families in the area, and we will always work to develop a personalized plan that meets the needs of every child and family with whom we work. Please contact one of our offices to learn more about any of our adoption services.
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At Family Care for Children & Youth, all case managers have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and have received training in Choice Theory/Reality Therapy. Case managers also complete a number of additional training programs throughout the course of each year.
The mission of Family Care for Children & Youth, Inc. is to be the best social service agency committed to providing an excellent standard of care and culturally competent services while communicating compassion, empathy, and hope for the future.
How Can Family Care for Children & Youth Help? We Offer:
Family Care for Children & Youth is a Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) Affiliate, so all of our adoption services are provided to resource families absolutely free as long as they are looking to adopt a Pennsylvania child from within the child welfare system. If you are not a client or resource family for a child in the welfare system, then we are still happy to perform any of these services for a reasonable fee.
Applicants for adoption services must be 21 years or older and meet other specified requirements. Training is provided by Family Care for Children and Youth, Inc. for all prospective adoptive families.
If you are interested, please call, email, or contact us online.
Our family profiles are designed to determine how suitable a specific applicant is to be an adoptive parent. During this process, we will analyze the applicant’s qualifications and readiness, ensuring that he or she is able to provide a loving, safe, and nurturing environment for a child within a home that will address the child’s specific and unique needs.
FCCY will perform authorized family profile services for existing resource parents in our system or for families that are recruited for a specific adoptive placement. The Family Profile unit of service includes the following:
A county agency may request a family profile addendum when a family is being considered for a child placement or when necessary for a court proceeding.
A child profile is a comprehensive review of a child’s emotional, social, and medical history. The process of developing a profile is a collaborative effort, involving the child and all of the significant people in his or her life. The information gathered in a child profile is confidential and will only be shared with the appropriate agencies and prospective, eligible families. Every child up for adoption must have a child profile.
According to the SWAN Bulletin, the purposes of the child profile are:
We will perform authorized child profile services for youth both within our system as well as others. This service includes the following:
It is understood that children in out-of-home placement have experienced varying degrees of trauma in their young lives. It is essential that adoption agency professionals maximize the child’s readiness for permanency and prevent permanency disruption by facilitating the transition from out-of-home placement to a permanent family.
The goals of child preparation are:
Adoption finalization includes all services provided to the child, the pre-adoptive family, and the county agency. Finalization services begin at the point of placement. They include the subsequent supervisory period and reports and may include, but are not limited to, supportive services, home visits, supervisory reports, and the work done with attorneys and courts in order to facilitate the adoption in a timely manner. Research has shown that adequate post-placement supervision is essential for families to keep moving forward to finalization.
Our adoption finalization services include:
Children who have no pre-adoptive family identified for them can be considered for Child Specific Recruitment (CSR) activities. CSR includes, but is not limited to, all planned activities used to identify a pre-adoptive family who is interested in adopting a specific child from foster care. County agencies may make a referral to this program ONLY after PAE registration, routine recruitment activities, and other contacts have been completed.
Child-specific recruitment requires:
Post-permanency services include case assessment, case advocacy/case management, respite, and support group.
Starting with an assessment of the current resource family, we are able to determine the need for formal post-permanency services. The post-permanency worker is there to ensure that the family can access services to meet any post-permanency needs in order to help that family function successfully and to prevent disruptions.
Post-permanency services are offered to all families in the state of Pennsylvania who provide permanency to youth. Permanent arrangements include formal kinship placement, permanent legal custodianship, and adoption. There is no fee for these services.
To request post-permanency services through Family Care for Children and Youth, please call the SWAN Helpline at 1-800-585-7926 or email them at SWANHelplilne@diakon-swan.org and ask for Family Care for Children and Youth to be your provider.
Reasons to Utilize FCCY as a Post-Permanency Provider to Families:
More than 25,000 children in Pennsylvania are not living with their families, but Family Care for Children & Youth is making a difference one life at a time. We proudly provide non-profit foster care services for children of all ages, and we would be happy to answer any questions you have about what we can do for your family or a child in your life.
Please get in touch with us if you would like to learn more about any of our community-based foster care services.
We look forward to speaking with you.
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