Family Preservation Services
How many children currently live in foster care?
More than a half million children live in foster care in The United States. In Pennsylvania, 20,000 children currently live in foster care. Of these children, 5,000 will have a goal of adoption. (Source: Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network [SWAN]).
Why are these children in foster care?
Most of these children have been removed from their homes because of unsafe and unhealthy conditions. They are placed in the custody of their county’s Children and Youth Services agency while their parents deal with the issues that caused their children to be removed. The parents may need to find steady employment and/or complete training to improve their parenting skills or complete a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program.
How does Project STAR Family Preservation Services help these children and their families?
Project STAR’s Family Preservation Services provide resources to help children remain safely with their birth families. We offer tools to assess factors that may cause a child to be removed from the birth home, including drug and alcohol addiction and housing concerns. Our staff connects families to assistance in their communities, including parent education, counseling and a range of services to address their unique needs. Project STAR often receives referrals from Children, Youth and Families (CYF) to work with medically-fragile children and their families. We also provide access to supplies and equipment and offer additional support when necessary.
For More Information
If you have additional questions about Project STAR Family Preservation Services, please call 412.244.3065.