KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs (FCCP) in Honesdale offers foster care to children of all ages. In addition, KidsPeace Honesdale 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!
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Wallenpauck Boy Scout Troop 229 recently donated Birthday Bags to the clients in our foster care program. Each bag contained party supplies, a cake mix and frosting as well as a baking pan. The members of Troop 229 collected these supplies as part of their Peace Project for which they will receive a special crest to go around their Messenger of Peace badges on their uniforms. The boys donated 10 bags for boys and 10 bags for girls that will get distributed throughout the year in both the Scranton and Honesdale foster homes.
On Saturday July 28, the Scranton and Honesdale KidsPeace offices joined forces at Healthy Kids Day at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. KidsPeace staff provided information about the different programs and resources that are offered through KidsPeace; foster care, adoption, SITE, TeenCentral and ParentCentral. In addition, materials were available on subjects like suicide prevention, foster care services, adoption services and crisis management. Michelle Brown and Samantha Keyes, Family Resource staff members, were able to talk with several families who were looking to become foster parents. Overall, the event was a huge success for the two KidsPeace offices!
On July 21, 2018 the Greater Honesdale Partnership hosted “Steampunk Honesdale”. They invited vendors to line Main Street in Honesdale with tents and tables selling local goods, sharing information, and celebrating the town’s industrial history.
KidsPeace was invited to display a table which presented information on the services that KidsPeace offers such as foster care, adoption, S.I.T.E., and suicide prevention programs. KidsPeace Family Resource Specialist Samantha Keyes was able to talk with one family who expressed interest in becoming foster parents and gave many more information on the range of services KidsPeace offers.
On December 20, 2017 the Behney family finalized the adoption of their two sons Gabriel, age 6, and Christopher, age 5. The boys had been residing in the home for almost 5 years and were excited to finally be getting adopted.
On Wednesday, June 6, representatives of KidsPeace participated in the “13 Reasons Why” discussion panel held at Montrose Area High School. Other presenters included Women’s Resource Center, Scranton Counseling Center, Children Service Center, Endless Mountain Health System, MEPA Community Health, Montrose ER, Advocacy Alliance, KidsPeace and Montrose Sheriff’s Department. In addition, school administration, parents, local service providers, school counselors, teachers, and other interested persons of the community were in attendance.
Lori Chieffallo presented a brief presentation including information on the programs KidsPeace offers – such as foster care, the SITE (Sexual Issues Treatment and Education) program, KidsPeace Hospital (Orefield, PA), and various therapeutic offerings (trauma, sexual abuse, victim, family, and group). She also mentioned free resources provided by KidsPeace, including parentcentral.net, fostercare.com, KidsPeace.org, and teencentral.com — the anonymous and confidential web-based therapeutic support services which was just relaunched with new content and support tools for teens to utilize.
Overall, the event was informative and successful in helping local service providers network, and helping parents become aware of and share information about resources and programs offered to the community near Montrose Area School District.