WHO ARE WE?
Guided by faith in God and love for all people, The Salvation Army has served the physical and spiritual needs of humankind since 1865. This foundation is what motivates us to do the work that we do. Today we continue this mission in over 100 countries. Beginning at Ivy House in Philadelphia, The Salvation Army Children's Service has been caring for the special needs of children since 1915. We serve Southeast Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley area, providing foster care, visit coaching, parent education, adoption, and post-adoption services.
HOW WE ARE HELPING
We offer our services without discrimination and with the best interest of the children, we serve at the forefront of all we do. As a foster parent or adoptive parent with our program, you will receive close, personalized from caring staff and ongoing support throughout your journey. Our families are able to help the children placed in their care heal and thrive with the knowledge and skills they learn through significant and ongoing training in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). TBRI is a trauma-informed parenting intervention that recognizes the impact that trauma has on the brain development of children. Through the TBRI principles of connecting, empowering, and correcting, our families promote attachment, trust, and healing for the children they are caring for.
WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL
We are ranked in the top five percent of children's service agencies monitored by the State of Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, scoring a hundred percent on all agency audit requirements for both our Allentown and Harleysville offices for the past four years.
95% of our foster children stay with just one family--- rather than being transferred between multiple families --- as commonly happens in some agencies.
Our smaller program size and caseload means we will spend more time getting to know you and providing the services you need.
TBRI PractitionersMultiple staff are certified TBRI practitioners, having been trained at the Karyn Purvis Institute for Child Development in Texas.
Throughout the foster and adoption process and beyond, we provide resources, support, and guidance for families in all stages of care: foster, adoption, and post-permanency.
Florence Rhue, Director of Children's Services
Sue Shotwell, Placement Services Director
Lisa Auteri - Permanency Specialist
Sindy Berner - Community Resource Specialist
Sue Burnside - Visitation Coordinator
Julie Farnsworth - Resource Family Coordinator
Angie Gillen - Outreach Coordinator
Nicole Hirschman - Foster Care Caseworker
Robyn Hubbard - Visit Coach
Jessica Jacobs - Office Administrator
Stacy Latham - Family and Permanency Specialist
Stefanie Niemira- Visit Coach
Laura Oursler - Family Resource Specialist
Deb Springer - Billing Specialist
Michelle Thomas - Foster Care Caseworker