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Change the Course in a Young Person's Life - Children and Youth Agency Seeking Foster Parents for Adolescents

October 11, 2012

Change the Course in a Young Person's Life
Children and Youth Agency Seeking Foster Parents for Adolescents

Of the 370 children and youth in the custody of the Bucks County Children & Youth Social Services Agency, one-third of them are placed outside of the County of Bucks. The agency is working vigorously to keep Bucks County youth in Bucks County. To that end, the Bucks County Children & Youth Social Services Agency is actively seeking Bucks County residents to provide a foster/resource family connection for one or more of these young individuals, in particular youth ages 12 and up. Adolescents, who are unable to stay in the physical custody of their legal parents, do best when placed in a family home rather than a group or institutional setting. By staying in their own community, they can continue to maintain close contact with family and friends, and possibly attend their same school.

Foster parents will be given the necessary tools and support in order to be successful as a resource family home, including financial support for room and board, medical assistance and 24/7 professional support services from caseworkers. Pre-service and ongoing trainings are provided, as well as foster parent "buddies" and mentors.

Those interested in becoming a foster family for this valuable, adolescent age group are urged to attend an evening information session, hosted by Children & Youth. Registration is welcome but not necessary for the following sessions:

Levittown Library, 7311 New Falls Road, Levittown, 19055
6:30pm-7:30pm: 10/15

Quakertown Library, 401 W. Mill Street, Quakertown, 18951
6:30pm-7:30pm: 11/14, 12/12

Doylestown Library, 150 S. Pine Street, Doylestown, 18901
6:30pm-7:30pm: 10/17, 11/21, 12/19

Bensalem Library, 3700 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, 19020
6:30pm-7:30pm: 10/23, 11/27

Langhorne Library (Pennwood Branch), 301 S. Pine Street, Langhorne, 19047
6:30pm-7:30pm: 10/22, 11/26

Grundy Memorial Library, 680 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, 19007
6:30pm-7:30pm: 11/20, 12/11

Yardley - Makefield Library 1080 Edgewood Road, Yardley, 19067
6:30-7:30pm: 11/13, 12/18



The Bucks County Children & Youth Social Services Agency provides foster care for children whose families are unable to care for them, and child protection services to children and their families. For more information about foster care volunteer opportunities, please contact Roxanne Watkins-Hall, C&Y foster care recruiter, at 215-348-6997 or rwatkinshall@co.bucks.pa.us.