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                                                               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 Services 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.






Top 5% 

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.

One Home

95% of our foster children stay with just one family--- rather than being transferred between multiple families --- as commonly happens in some agencies.

Small Program

Our smaller program size and caseload means we will spend more time getting to know you and providing the services you need.

TBRI Practitioners

Multiple staff are certified TBRI practitioners, having been trained at the Karyn Purvis Institute for Child Development in Texas.

Unique Support 

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.

       Our staff

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




Thank you for your interest in looking into The Salvation Army for your foster care or adoption questions. We look forward to discovering ways we can work together to answer all your questions. The Salvation Army is one of the most recognized and beloved charities in the world and has a geographic footprint that stretches across almost every zip code in America, and 128 countries but what we do in our Children's Services office is unique. This means the opportunities and training found in our facilities create meaningful experiences that match your objectives, needs and create loving families.