Lifespan Family Services
2672 Helvetia Rd.
LuthersburgPA 15848
 (814) 375-1314
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Foster Care Services in Luthersburg, PA

Building families through empathy, hope, and respect is what we love doing at Lifespan Family Services. We are a non-profit organization in Luthersburg, PA, committed to the care of children facing special circumstances and providing them with homes and services. We place children in loving homes close to them and provide the family with valuable resources that fit their needs.

Foster Care

Becoming a foster parent in DuBois and Western and Central Pennsylvania is an attainable goal! With an open heart and a warm home, you may be able to provide a stable environment for a child during his or her time of need. With your commitment and help from our staff, you can go through the application process and be on your way to being a registered foster parent.

Taking on the Role of a Parent

A caring foster parent needs to be willing to take on the difficulties and responsibilities of being a parent. Some characteristics that you should possess include enjoying being with children and having the ability to handle change and manage stress. It is also important to have a sense of humor and be flexible.

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Creating a Structured Home

  • To become a foster parent, you must meet requirements set by both the state and the agency. State-regulated requirements can be located in Title 55 Pa Code Chapter 3700. Our corporation is committed to abiding by all state regulations. Lifespan Family Services has the following requirements set for its foster parents:
  • Foster Parents Must Be 21 Years of Age or Older
  • Foster Parents Must Pass a Medical Examination Stating That They Are Physically Able to Care for Foster Children & Are Free from Communicable Diseases
  • Foster Parents Must Be Able to Pass Screening Requirements Related to Child Abuse & Criminal History Clearances
 

Lifespan Family Services recognizes the importance of a legitimate introduction to adulthood. Because of this, we support the federal government's push to allow for ongoing support up until age 21. We also encourage our foster parents to accept that. Even though almost every foster child can't wait until they become 18, it is our job to encourage children throughout their lives. Our organization supports you as you help prepare your foster kids for adulthood.

Working together, we can:

  • Provide reassurance to the children that they do not need to "Hit the Street" when they are 18
  • Encourage the children to seek educational pursuits, such as college, technical or trade schools, and community colleges
  • Provide the availability for a budgeting class for each child upon age 16 at their request to learn basic financial skills and provide them with awareness of the cost of living alone
  • Launch your foster children into their future, and we should continue providing a home and family support for their efforts
  • Seek mentors for your child to build awareness and the abilities needed to become truly independent in a successful way
If you are ready to take the first step or if you would like more information, please fill out the Contact Us form at the bottom of this page.

Thank you for your interest in helping children in need.

The Transition Period

You don't have to be a foster parent long to hear the children declare what they are going to do when they turn the magic age of 18. It is this time of transition where impulsive decisions impact the rest of their lives. Often, their lack of preparation and awareness of running a household and truly becoming independent result in poor decision-making. This often leads to arrest.

Historically, foster children have been left alone during this awkward time. They have a natural desire to be independent but lack the support to be successful.

Staying Connected

Our Punxsutawney and DuBois, PA, teams also encourage anyone providing care for a child to be willing to allow their home to be a permanent family home. This includes holiday returns, school breaks, and other family gatherings. Family connections are needed the most, and our foster parents are strongly encouraged to expect to provide a permanent family connection with their older foster children.

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Why Choose Our Agency?

Licensing and Accreditation

Our foster care agency is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and affiliated with reputable organizations such as the PA Council of Children, Youth & Family Services (PCCYS), Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA), National Foster Parent Association (NFPA), and PA Non-profit Organization (PANO). This demonstrates our commitment to meeting and exceeding the required standards.

Supportive Services

We place great importance on the well-being of our foster parents and are committed to providing a wide range of support. Our dedicated staff is readily available to offer guidance, assistance, and access to valuable resources, empowering you to effectively navigate the challenges associated with foster parenting. When needed, we also provide respite care, ensuring you have the necessary breaks and support to provide the best possible care for the children in your home. Additionally, we offer training to equip you with the necessary tools for foster parenting.

Matching Process

At our agency, we understand the importance of a thoughtful matching process. During the home approval process, our experienced staff will conduct interviews and engage in discussions to understand your preferences.  This enables us to make well-informed matches that foster a positive and nurturing environment for everyone involved.

Communication

We prioritize clear and regular communication with our foster parents. Our staff visits your home at least once a month to discuss the child's progress and any specific needs. We provide multiple channels of communication, including phone, text, and email, during normal business hours. Additionally, we offer 24-hour on-call services to address any urgent concerns.

Resources

Our agency is committed to providing comprehensive resources and assistance to support foster parents in meeting the needs of the children in their care. We offer access to free furniture, car seats, clothing, and other essential items to help prepare your home for a child. Foster children in Pennsylvania are provided with medical, dental, and vision care, and we ensure that you have the necessary information and support to navigate these services. Furthermore, our foster families have exclusive access to a free training website with a vast collection of articles and courses focused on foster care.

Availability of Placements

With contracts in place with the majority of CYS agencies throughout Western and Central PA, our agency offers a high placement rate and a variety of placement options. This ensures that we can find the right match for you and provide timely placements when you are ready to welcome a child into your home.

Reputation

Our agency's reputation speaks for itself. We encourage you to speak with other foster parents and check online reviews to hear firsthand experiences from those who have worked with us. We are proud to share testimonials and reviews from current and past foster families.

Cultural Competence

We value diversity and promote cultural competence in our work with children and families from different backgrounds. Our About Us page includes a statement affirming our commitment to diversity and non-discrimination.

Flexibility

We understand that foster parents have unique schedules and needs. Our agency is committed to being flexible and accommodating, offering training sessions in your home at your convenience and adapting to your schedule whenever possible.

Transparency

We believe in transparency and are committed to providing clear information about our policies and procedures. During the foster home licensing process, we will provide you with all our foster parent and child policies and follow up with a one-on-one discussion.  Our About Us webpage includes our Civil Rights policy, and we are happy to provide additional details upon request.

Respectful Treatment

At our agency, we prioritize treating foster parents with respect and value their input. We understand that your perspective and insights are essential in providing the best possible care for the children entrusted to us. Our testimonials and reviews reflect the respectful and collaborative relationships we foster with our foster parents.

Stability

Our agency has a long-standing history and a proven record of successful placements. We have built a strong foundation over the years, ensuring stability and reliability in our services.

Trauma-Informed Care

We recognize the unique needs of children who have experienced trauma and are committed to providing trauma-informed care. Our foster care licensing training includes a specific focus on trauma and equips foster parents with the knowledge and resources to support children on their healing journey.

Your Donations in Action: Impacting Foster Children's Lives

Your generous monetary donations directly contribute to the well-being and support of foster children in our care. Here are some specific examples of how your contributions make a meaningful difference:

  • Specialized Dietary Needs: Your donations help us provide foster parents with the necessary resources to address special dietary needs. This includes purchasing special foods for children with allergies or medical conditions, such as gluten-free diets. By ensuring proper nutrition, we prioritize the health and well-being of each child in our care.
  • Bedding, Shoes, and Clothing: Foster children may require more frequent replacements of bedding, shoes, and clothing due to the trauma they have experienced. Your donations assist foster parents in meeting these extra expenses, ensuring that every child has comfortable and appropriate essentials.
  • Bedwetting Solutions: Some foster children may experience bedwetting due to the challenges they face. Your contributions help cover the cost of replacing sheets and mattresses, allowing foster parents to create a clean and comfortable sleeping environment for the children.
  • Transportation and Meal Expenses: Foster parents often need to transport children to various appointments, including medical, therapeutic, and educational activities. Your donations help alleviate the financial burden on foster parents, covering additional meal purchases and transportation costs incurred during these trips.
  • Extracurricular Activities: Your donations also provide opportunities for foster children to participate in extracurricular activities. From sports teams to art classes, music lessons to dance programs, these activities play a vital role in their personal growth and development. Your support allows foster children to explore their talents, build confidence, and create cherished memories. Your donations open doors to new experiences, friendships, and positive outlets for self-expression. It empowers foster children to discover their passions, develop skills, and thrive in areas that interest them. These activities not only enhance their well-being but also contribute to their overall happiness and sense of belonging.

 

We are immensely grateful for your generosity in helping us provide foster children with a nurturing and enriching environment. Your donation creates lasting impact, shaping their lives and giving them hope for a brighter future. Please consider making a donation today and join us in making a difference in the lives of foster children. Together, we can provide them with the support and opportunities they truly deserve.

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