Glance at Current Foster Care in Lancaster County

 

The local county agency, Lancaster County Children & Youth Agency, receives all

children who come into care. They have 189 approved resource homes which includes

traditional and kinship. They are always looking for more people to open their homes,

particularly to school aged children and teenagers. There are a large number of teens

that are aging out of the foster care system, without having a “forever family”. In fact,

since there aren’t enough homes, the county contracts with several faith-­based

organizations that provide foster care and sometimes children are even placed outside

the county due to lack of foster homes within. In 2014, the number of children entering

foster ­care hit a five-­year high. There were 287 children who entered foster care, up

from 188 in 2013. There were 706 children who spent at least part of the year in foster

care. Children may be placed into foster care due to no fault of their own. Drug and

alcohol use, poverty, lack of affordable housing, physical abuse and lack of family

support are all factors that lead to children being placed in foster care. These children

deserve a loving, safe home.

 

Please read the article from April 2015, “Foster care placements at a 5 year high

in Lancaster County; Officials cite heroin epidemic

 

If you’ve ever felt the tug to become a foster parent, then please take that first step to

find out more about it. These are local foster care agencies within Lancaster County,

explore the different agencies and then call them!

 

Lancaster County Children and Youth Social Service Agency

150 N. Queen St. Suite 111

Lancaster, PA 17603

717-­299-­7925

 

COBYS FAMILY SERVICES

1417 Oregon Road

Leola, PA 17540

(717) 656-6580

 

 

BETHANNA

301 N. Duke St.

Lancaster, PA 17602­-4915

1-800-­989-­1926

717­-299­-1926

 

PRESSLEY RIDGE

630 Janet Ave.

Lancaster, PA 17601

717-397-5241

 

FAMILIES UNITED NETWORK, INC.

412 S. Angle St.

Mt. Joy, PA 17552

(717)­ 492- ­9338

 

BETHANY CHRISTIAN SERVICES

1681 Crown Avenue, Suite 201

Lancaster, PA 17601­-6314

(717­) 399-­3213

 

BAIR FOUNDATION

441 Friendship Rd. #101

Harrisburg, PA 17111

(717­) 985-­6450