Florence Rhue, MSHSA Director of Children's Services
I have been a part of The Salvation Army Children’s Services since Valentine Day 1991 so I can truly say my heart has been engaged in my work since day one! I have had the privilege to develop the foster care and adoption program from the very beginning and so it is very near and dear to my heart. It has been a blessing to be part of so many lives from those who give of themselves – our foster and adoptive families and great staff to those we serve who are benefiting from the healing that occurs with our Visit Coaching and HALO Project programs. I continue to be amazed with foster and adoptive parents who give so selflessly to others each and every day and how birth parents persevere to overcome some of the most challenging life experiences. As an agency we strive to be extremely responsive to the needs of children and families we serve and work together as a team to ensure the best possible outcomes. I hope that your experience with The Salvation Army is a positive one and that we can continue to learn and grow together!
On a personal level, I love being with my friends and family taking trips to the Jersey Shore, I love running and have participated in many special events such as the Boston Marathon. I also am a huge sports fan – particularly the fightin’ Phillies and Villanova Wildcats.
Julie Farnsworth Permanency Coordinator
I am a graduate of Bloomsburg University, with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. I have worked in the field of child welfare for over fifteen years and have a passion for helping families. I am currently the Permanency Coordinator here at SACS and have enjoyed working for this agency over the past two years. It is so rewarding to see families matched with children, through foster care or adoption, after going through the home study process. Seeing children finally get to be part part of their forever family through adoption is especially amazing to see. I love being part of these truly life changing moments!
Angie Gillen Outreach Coordinator
As the Outreach Coordinator for The Salvation Army Children’s Services, my job is to help find families for the thousands of children in the child welfare system. If you decide you’d like to learn more about becoming a resource family (the name we give foster and adoptive families), I’ll be the first person you work with here!
I started my career in 1997, working for The Juvenile Law Center, a Philadelphia non-profit that represented and advocated for children in the child welfare and juvenile justice system. I was the caseworker for the foster children they represented. It was amazing to see how much good could be done by standing up for kiddos who often had no one else listening to them.
The best part of my job is meeting all of the families who take the plunge into becoming foster and adoptive parents. In a field that sees a lot of sadness, nothing reminds you of the good in the world like seeing families step in to be the place to call home for children in need.
Outside of work, my favorite things are being a mom to my little girl and doing absolutely anything that involves arts and crafts.
Robin Hubbard, M.Ed. Visit Coach
I am a graduate of Wheaton College with a BA in Psych/Lit. I earned my Master’s of Education in Marriage and Family Counseling from Springfield College and am proud to have been trained as a TBRI Educator by Texas Christian University.
As a Visit Coach, I have the privilege of serving birth parents and their children who are placed in foster care. By empowering parents to identify and meet the needs of their children, I have the honor of supporting families through a time of overwhelming grief and fear to a place of restored hope, strengthened skills, and healthier relationships. I also have a passion for teaching resource families how to best serve the needs of the children they foster or adopt. As a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Educator, I love to equip parents to apply the essential principles of Connecting, Empowering, and Correcting to their relationship with children who have suffered relational and developmental injury due to trauma. I learn so much from the courage and tenacity of the children and parents I am blessed to serve.
Stefanie Niemira, M.S.W. Visit Coach
I have always had a special interest and ability to connect with children. Due to that interest and ability, I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a part of a profession that worked closely with children. Little did I know that my family would be touched by amazing social workers through my journey battling Leukemia. It was after I was in remission from cancer that I knew I wanted to be a social worker.
I have completed my undergraduate education through Desales University and have received my bachelors degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology. I then went on to graduate school through Marywood University and have received my masters degree in Social Work. Along with my education, I utilize concepts from the Trust Based Relational Intervention Model (TBRI). My work as a Visit Coach includes supporting birth parents to identify and meet the needs of their child, build upon their strengths, and help them to gain parenting skills to best care for a child who has experienced traumatic experiences.