Today's Children's Home is still about helping children... and it's still about home, but their mission, definition, and daily operation has profoundly evolved. Instead of caring for children in an orphanage, today's Children's Home provides trauma-informed care through a variety of community-based programs so that children can learn the skills they need to be a part of a strong, healthy family.
Children's Home of York works to keep families together in their own homes and offers other programs that enable children who are in care to reunify with their families. When reunification is not an option, they help find loving, forever families for boys and girls through foster care and adoption. In addition, they offer Independent Living Skills training for adolescents who are preparing for life on their own.
Their diverse family of programs now includes
This Children's Home of York also partners with other local agencies to provide innovative programming such as the Family Innovative Supportive Housing (FISH) Program. A collaborative effort between the Children's Home of York, Y Community Development Corporation (YCDC), and the York County Office of Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF), FISH provides housing and support services to families with children who are homeless or near
Children's Home of York recently announced their newest project - the York County Strengthening Families Program. Strengthening Families is a FREE program designed to help all families - whether they be single or married parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles, foster or adoptive parents or anyone responsible for the care of children aged 10 - 15 years old. Families in the program meet once a week for 7 weeks and begin each evening with a family mea. The program hosts a series of sessions that teach valuable skills to improve the family connection. Through this proven program, parents learn effective ways to show love and set limits, how to remain calm during stressful times, and how to keep their children out of trouble. Pre-teens and teens learn to better appreciate their family, how to deal with peer pressure, and gain an overall better understanding of the importance of following rules. The program also provides free childcare for younger siblings and even gives incentives to award participation.
What was once an orphanage is now a fully licensed and accredited agency that provides a broad continuum of services to improve the lives of children and families for the better. One more thing that hasn't changed over the years is that Children's Home of York continues to succeed because of the collective efforts of their staff, referring agencies, generous contributors, permanency program families, and volunteers that include a dedicated Board of Directors. If you are interested in learning more about the Children's Home of York, visit www.childrenshomeofyork.org -- and for a more in depth introduction to their newest program, watch the Connections video and visit www.yorkcountystrengtheningfamiliesprogram.com.