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

Our Lehigh Valley Foster Care office will hold virtual information sessions on Tuesday, April 20 @ 6:30 pm and Monday, May 17 @ 6:30 PM. for individuals in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas who are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent to children in need.

For details and more information, please contact Bryan.Hoffstetter@kidspeace.org

KidsPeace Podcast

The Spring/Summer issue of Healing Magazine Is now available and on the latest Conversations with KidsPeace podcast, host Bob Martin talks with two of the magazine’s contributors – discussing KidsPeace’s 40 years of foster care services, and a new approach to treating addiction and underlying mental health issues as the same time.

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

Despite COVID-19, Foster Heroes Still Needed

The need for foster parents is critical, even in the best of times.  Today, amid the crisis stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, many kids are still waiting for foster families.  The Bethlehem FCCP office remains open, and we are committed to finding, training and supporting the next wave of fostering heroes.

We have adjusted to the new reality.  We are changing our family study and training practices by using video technology to ‘meet’ with people who are interested in becoming foster parents and to accomplish many of our training and interview appointments.

The need for foster families is still there, and it’s very likely that after this crisis passes the demand for foster families will go up, and not down.  Contact us by completing the Start Your Journey section and email us at fostercare@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.

Virtual Holiday Celebration

2020 has presented numerous challenges for everyone, but the Bethlehem FCCP office wasn’t going to let the COVID-19 virus keep them from some holiday fun for the foster families.

Families were invited to a drive-thru holiday celebration that kept everyone masked and socially distanced.  Families drive to our office parking lot where they could get snacks and hot chocolate from Rudolf’s Snack Shack. Next stop was Mrs. Claus’ craft shop.  Children received take-home ornaments to decorate, coloring pages, and glow sticks.  The last stop was at the Elves Workshop for children to receive gifts from our Angel Tree donors.  Each family also received a complimentary ticket to view the Allentown Lights in the Parkway, courtesy of Mayor O’Connell.