KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs (FCCP) in Scranton offers foster care to children of all ages. In addition, KidsPeace Scranton 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 September 23, 2018 the Shawnee Mountain hosted ‘The Puppy Pawlooza’. They invited pet related vendors and charities to set up tents and tables selling local goods, sharing information, and celebrating all things pet related. Most attendees brought dogs to participate in a costume parade, agility courses, various competitions, and pet performances.
KidsPeace was invited to display a table which presented information on the services that we offer such as foster care, adoption, S.I.T.E., and suicide prevention programs. The KidsPeace Family Resource Specialist and Intern assisted children and adults in decorating dog bandannas with the KidsPeace logo on them that were a huge hit.
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 April 28, 2018, North Pocono School District hosted a Health and Fitness Fair at the Middle School from 10:00am until 1:00pm. The fair was open to students, families, and the community. The fair promoted the importance of a healthy lifestyle for students and members of the community. During the event as people came in, they were handed a bingo sheet with all the vendors listed on it. In order to enter their sheet into a drawing they had to have every vendor check off their name. This allowed each person to visit all the vendors’ tables personally and get information regarding their programs. KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs participated in this event. KidsPeace was able to offer information regarding Foster Care, Adoption, S.I.T.E., parenting skills and suicide prevention programs as well as helpful websites such as TeenCentral.net, ParentCentral.net, KidsPeace.org and Fostercare.com.
On December 20, 2017 the Gillman family finalized the adoption of their three sons Morgan, age 6, Mason, age 4, and Miles, age 3. The boys had been residing in the home for almost two years and were excited to be officially changing their names to Gillman. The Gillman’s are also proud the parents of Shawn, Honee, Samantha, Ellery, Ashley and Andre.
On September 9, 2017, the Salvation Army held an Emergency Preparedness Fair at Camp Ladore in Waymart, PA. The fair was designed to help families gather information they may need in order to prepare for whatever disaster may come their way. There was information regarding how to determine how much food you may need to keep on hand, the best way to store food, how to cook if the power goes out, how much water you need and how to store it, what important papers you should try and grab if a disaster strikes and how much extra cash to keep on hand. They also had seminars throughout the day on topics such as financial assistance should your family be faced with a disaster and how to prepare for a disaster.
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. The KidsPeace Family Resource Specialist and KidsPeace Intern were able to talk with three families who expressed interest in becoming foster parents.
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.