The Children’s Home of Reading’s community-based programs is designed to meet the needs of the communities we serve. Our broad spectrum of community-based services includes children’s partial hospitalization program, in-home, and other specialized therapeutic community-based programs, specialized foster care, adoption services, an intensive case management program for women who are pregnant or parenting, and are in recovery or struggling with substance abuse.

The Children’s Home Acute Partial Hospitalization Program (APHP) is a psychiatric program providing stabilization and treatment for children ages 5-18. The children who attend are experiencing severe psychiatric symptoms and emotional disturbance. The program operates year-round and consists of highly-structured therapy for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Reading Referrals: 610-898-4901
Schuylkill Referrals: 570-362-7849 ext. 516

On average approximately sixty percent of foster children are adopted; by their foster parents. As a SWAN affiliate, our staff is trained to provide services to the child. Families also receive training and services from qualified staff in order to be an adoptive parent.

Our goal is to reunite foster children with their families. However, if this is not possible we are able to seamlessly transition the child into an adoption setting within our own agency. We also teach all of our foster families to be resource families, which include information sessions on foster parenting and adoptive parenting. This results in a smoother transition for a foster child and their resource family, should adoption become an option. If a family is looking to adopt a child, services to train the family, and help to identify a child is also available.

The ERC program is a collaborative effort designed to work closely with schools, juvenile probation, parents and families, and other community human service providers to aid pre-adjudicated and adjudicated delinquent adolescent males in becoming more responsible citizens. An alternative to secure detention, ERC is a short-term program with a projected average length of stay of 30 days. The program service is offered in two locations: Berks County and Lehigh Valley (temporarily closed due to Covid 19).

The Lehigh Valley In-Home Service program utilizes a freestanding community intervention model, a step-down from more intensive community programming, or as an aftercare component assisting with the transition of the youth returning to the community from residential placements.

Traditional Program:

Interventions help clients build upon the behavioral, relational, and emotional competencies that are essential for youth to succeed in family, school, and community life. Service plans are developed and implemented in conjunction with the referral sources and utilize the Youth Level of Risk scoring when possible to assist in treatment goals.

Specialized Family-Based Program:

The Specialized Family Program provides intensive in-home and on-site family-based services for youth who are acting out sexually within a family system. It is a step-down program for youth returning early from residential placement, or as an intensive aftercare program for sexually acting out youth with multiple issues that still need addressing.

For referrals call 484-869-3997 or fax at 610-433-3586.

“Interventions to support recovery, linking pregnant, and parenting women to community resources.”

Maternal Recovery Services Program (MRS), formally Berks Parents Services Collaborative established in July 1991, is a maternal addictions program for Berks County women funded by the Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA) and Community Care Behavioral Health.

A collaborative committee, made up of agency representatives from CHOR, the Council on Chemical Abuse, Berks County Children and Youth Services, local hospitals, treatment, and other social service providers, helps guide the program and services offered.

Referrals can be emailed to or by calling/faxing at 484-577-8047

Specialized Foster Care:
This program provides temporary out-of-home care for children ages birth-21, who are unable to remain at home with their birth parents. Children are provided with a structured, supportive, and safe environment in a caring foster home.

Specialized Foster Care V Program:
This program provides an alternative to institutional, residential, and group home care for youth ages 12-21 who exhibit sexually acting out/reactive/abusing behaviors and are considered appropriate to stay within a community setting.

To make a referral:
The Children’s Home of Reading – 610-478-8266
Lehigh Valley Community Programs – 484-869-3997

Become a Foster Parent

Our society is based on the belief that the family is the cornerstone to good development. There are many children unable to live with their birth families because of abuse, neglect, illness, family crisis, and sometimes, their own behaviors. We are looking for people to provide a family living experience for these children.

As foster parents, you can touch a child’s life in a positive and lasting way. Although foster parents represent a broad range of backgrounds, the common and unifying characteristics among them are love and respect for children, and a basic belief in the importance of good parenting for a child’s healthy growth and well-being.

Considering Foster Care or Adoption but have questions?  Visit our YouTube Channel for several answers to some of our favorite questions.

ANYONE can be an advocate for foster care just by talking with people and referring them to us!  Tell a friend, family member, or co-worker and if you want to be adventurous…share with your Facebook friends!

Our Foster Care/Adoption Info Sessions are now being offered online.

To register or if you have any questions please call 610-478-8266 ext. 491.

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