Mission Statement: “Doing the Most Good by Nurturing Children, Strengthening Families & Engaging Communities”
Purpose: To provide for the temporary protection, support and nurturing of children placed in Salvation Army’s approved and highly qualified foster and adoptive families. Services are provided in a holistic manner; promoting the safety and well-being of children while responding to the diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds of the children and families we serve. We promote the delivery of services without discrimination while addressing the physical, social, and spiritual needs of all children placed in our care.
Introduction: The Salvation Army Foster Care Program provides for the temporary care for children and youth who are unable to remain in their own homes and are placed in the custody of the county children and youth agencies. The Salvation Army’s Foster Care Program serves children infant to twenty-one years of age. The children are placed with foster parents, who are committed to providing a safe, temporary home for children who have been abused and neglected or experienced severe family distress and are unable to remain living in their own homes. The program is located in Allentown, PA and serves children and families throughout the Lehigh Valley Region. Case management services, parent education, training, on-going support and family networking activities are provided to support the children and families in our program.
The Adoption Program provides case management services for adoptive families and children through our contract with the Statewide Adoption Network (SWAN) and also provides services for private adoption home studies. Adoption services include child profiles, child preparation, family profiles, adoption finalizations and post permanency services. Most of the referrals are for children within our own foster care program that become available for adoption and are adopted by their foster parents.