Multiple Levels of Foster Care

Diakon Adoption & Foster Care offers multiple levels of foster care, including traditional, treatment, specialized, foster-to-adopt, and kinship care, at its Pennsylvania offices. Typically, children and youths served in these programs are referred by county children and youth services or juvenile probation offices.

Foster families are always needed to bring love and stability to the lives of children waiting in foster care. Our program focuses on providing the best long-term solution for each child or youth referred to us. And whether preparing a child or youth for independence, a successful return to his or her birth family or other relatives, or for adoption, we offer an array of services to meet varying needs.

Designed to meet both short- and long-term goals for young people in transition, our tiered levels of foster care allow us to tailor service to unique needs. Levels of foster care vary based on intensity of service, casemanagement, and related services. However, all Diakon foster care programs emphasize the availability of a continuum of services, with a focus on providing the highest quality of care.

Features include:

  • Loving, nurturing homes with well-trained resource families selected to meet the special emotional and behavioral needs of each child. These families are dually certified and meet or exceed the latest training requirements for both adoption and foster care placements.
  • Well-trained, committed case-management staff of both bachelor’s and master’s degree levels, assuring the highest support for youths, families, and referring agencies.
  • Staff members on call 24 hours a day.
  • Counseling and treatment services promoting both emotional well-being and a speedy transition to permanency.
  • Links to other Diakon youth programs, including “step-up” services offered through our wilderness-based youth center, and home-based and specialized outpatient counseling services where offered.
  • Emergency foster care placements.

A hallmark of our program is our focus on serving youths as close to home as possible. And even if the planned outcome of service is not a return home, we become as involved with the birth family as circumstances permit.

Services are offered to dependent and delinquent children and youths from birth through the age of 18. Youths are considered for placement in based on need and the appropriateness of our services to meet those needs.

County agencies interested in referring children or youths for any level of foster care should visit our Diakon YouthCare Services Web site.