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!
KidsPeace also offers Long Term Foster Care, featuring bilingual foster parents or families in the Lehigh Valley who are willing to be matched with Spanish-speaking youth needing the care of a family. The program is administered from the Bethlehem office. For more information about the LTFC program, visit www.fostercare.com/LTFC
KidsPeace ofrece el Cuidado de Crianza a Largo Plazo (LTFC), para familias bilingües o para familias en el Valle de Lehigh que están dispuestos a cuidar jóvenes Hispanos que necesitan del cuidado de una familia. El programa esta localizado en Bethlehem. Para más información sobre este programa, visita el página www.fostercare.com/LTFC
NEWS & NOTES
Information/Open House Session
Join us on Wednesday evening, September 26th, as we present information on helping children in need of foster care and adoptive homes. KidsPeace staff members will discuss the reasons that children are placed into care, how KidsPeace helps families work toward placement goals, and how individuals and couples can become a foster care or adoptive resource to children.
The session will be held at our Bethlehem office at 1650 Broadway, Madison House, 2nd Floor, Bethlehem, PA 18015 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
To register and for directions, call (610) 799-8359 or email email@example.com
Celebrating National Foster Care Month
Every May, we stop to recognize our Resource Parents for the many contributions you make to the program and to keeping kids safe. It is gratifying to see our families living our mission of giving hope, help and healing to children, adults and those who love them.
- We thank you for your dedication and perseverance getting through each day when the unexpected events crowd out your plans.
- We thank you for your love and attachment that allow a child to feel worthwhile and important even when they don’t believe it.
- We thank you for putting the child’s needs ahead of your own needs, rearranging schedules, and being flexible.
- We thank you for doing the “right thing” for the children even when others can’t understand why you would take care of someone else’s child.
- We thank you for being an advocate to the child and speaking out.
Be assured you are not insane or super-human. You are truly loved and appreciated!
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.
Angel Amir Gets His Forever Family
The Bethlehem FCCP office is pleased to announce that Angel Amir Mercado Escalante was adopted by Marilis Escalante and Julio Mercado on December 26, 2017. After being in foster care for two years and nine months, the finalization hearing gave Angel Amir his forever family with Marilis and Julio. We are delighted for everyone and wish them a wonderful and bright future.
10 REASON YOU WANT TO BE A FOSTER PARENT
Many people tell us that foster care is something that they may have thought about for awhile. Maybe you know someone who was a foster parent or foster child? Maybe you saw something on TV or an ad in the newspaper? Maybe you saw a post on the internet? Maybe you just thought it sounded like something interesting to do?
¡Ayúdanos a Ayudarlos!
El Programa de Hogares Sustitutos a Largo Plazo KidsHaven, necesita familias bilingües que residan en el condado Northampton interesadas en brindar un hogar cariñoso a jóvenes que hablan sólo español.
Con su ayuda, estos jóvenes prodrán desarrollar destrezas de vida independiente, participar en deportes, actividades recreativas, y aprender más el idioma inglés. Sin embargo, lo más importante es el calor de hogar. La familia recibe un estipendio para ayudar con los gastos del joven, adiestramientos, y apoyo del personal bilingüe, lo cual incluye visitas periódicas al hogar.
Si usted está motivado en promover esperanza para estos jóvenes y obtener mayor información de cómo convertirse en un Hogar Sustituto, comuníquese con Maria Alonso-Tomlinson al 610-799-7741.