The Ruth Hearns-Williams Treatment Foster Care Program

Tonight in Pennsylvania over 20,000 children will go to bed without a pillow to call their own.

Every child has the right to be parented in a safe, stable and loving environment. Unfortunately, for many children their families cannot provide this. For these children ChildFirst Services, Inc., and agencies like it, must step in and work to provide the needed surroundings.

The ideal place for these children is in a foster home; a family who can provide safety, security, nurturing and love – all the things you get from good parenting.

It takes a special person to reach out to kids in crisis and unselfishly give them what they need. Most of the children placed in foster care through CFS are adolescents and teenagers. The children come from different backgrounds. They are resilient, curious and hopeful. However, some have “special needs”. These may include a physical, mental or emotional handicap; a medical condition; developmental delays; behavioral issues; problems in social functioning; a background in sexual abuse; or a need to attend therapy or counseling. Whenever possible, ChildFirst Services prefers to place sibling groups together.

Foster parents can be single, married, divorced, or in a partnership; have other children; be a working parent; live in a house, apartment, condo, or in a mobile home; have children of the same gender share a room; have a modest income; have a disability; be a senior citizen; or have no parenting experience. Foster parents must be 21 years of age or older; pass screening requirements related to child abuse and criminal history clearances; have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license; be responsible; and be able to attend meetings.

If you have the kind of heart that won’t let you turn your back on a child please contact ChildFirst Services, Inc. to receive more information on becoming a foster parent to a child who needs you. The challenges are many, but the rewards are great.

For more information on becoming a foster parent please contact Terri Large, Acting Executive Director at (484) 893-5040 ext 3022.