BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

Services Offered

KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs (FCCP) in Bethlehem offers foster care to children of all ages.  In addition, KidsPeace Bethlehem is a licensed adoption agency and an affiliate of the Statewide Adoption Network (SWAN).  Other services offered may include Kinship Foster Care, Family Group Decision Making, CRRHH (Community Residential Rehabilitation Host Home), or counseling in the community.  Please feel free to contact our office directly for additional details about any of these services!

Address: Madison House, 2nd Floor, 1650 Broadway, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: 610.799.8350

You can make a difference in the life of a child.

Virtual Information Night

We continue to promote convenience and safety by offering Virtual Information Sessions for individuals and couples interested in becoming foster parents.  

Upcoming Dates & Times include:

Tuesday, July 19 at 6:30 PM

Wednesday, August 17 at 6:30 PM

For a zoom invite or to schedule an individual session, contact Bryan at (610) 799-8359 or email bryan.hoffstetter@kidspeace.org

 

KidsPeace Podcast

May is National Foster Care Month and, after a year of pandemic, how has foster care changed? On the latest Conversations with KidsPeace podcast, we talk with two KidsPeace foster care experts on what adjustments were made to deal with the impact of COVID-19, and which of those adjustments are likely to remain after the pandemic eases.

teens deserve homes

TEENS NEED FOSTER HOMES

There is a great need for foster homes to provide a family environment to teens.  Nine out of ten teens enter foster care because of family problems and not because of their behavior problems.

Unfortunately, when a home cannot be found for a youth, they may end in a more restrictive environment, such as a group home or residential placements.  As a result, 25% of teens may age-out of the foster care system before receiving their high school diploma or GED.  Other may end up homeless, victimized, or in the criminal justice system.

Teens are eager for some family stability – to have a stable home, to be in school with friends, to have a shot at a better future.  It is rewarding to see these young men and women thrive when given support and guidance.

Join our other parents in becoming mentors to the teens and giving them hope.  Contact Bryan at bryan.hoffstetter@kidspeace.org

Permanent Adoptive Homes

Permanent Adoptive Homes are needed for children between the ages of 10 and 18.  Our Bethlehem office has been working with SWAN (the Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network) to complete training and approval for individuals and families.  KidsPeace permanency specialists will help with completing a family profile and training in addition to matching available youth with the family. 

Many waiting youth have received child preparation services to help them join your family.  KidsPeace also helps with supervision during the placement.  Post-placement services are also available.

To learn more, contact Amy Silfies, Permanency Manager, at (610) 799-8371 or email her at amy.silfies@kidspeace.org.

 

FOREVER FAMILY

The Gecek family had the adoption of their daughter, Mericle, finalized on November 6, 2020.  The couple had been foster parents to Merry for over 31 months.  Congratulations to everyone!

FOSTER HOMES NEEDED FOR SIBLINGS

One of the longest relationships that a person has in his or her lifetime is with a brother or sister. These relationships may include sibling rivalry, but they are also a source of strength.

It is difficult enough when a child is separated from a parent and enters foster care.  But to also be separated from a sibling increases the sense of loss and makes the adjustment to a new home more challenging. At KidsPeace, we are making it a goal to keep siblings placed together whenever possible.

Foster care programs face the challenge of having enough homes that can accept siblings.  To meet that challenge, KidsPeace seeks individuals and families who are willing to work with these sibling groups.  A home needs to have a separate bed or bunk bed for each child.  Children of the same sex may share a bedroom.

For information on how you can help, click on the information button below.

Have you thought about foster care?