COMMUNITY BASED PROGRAMS

The Children’s Home of Reading’s community-based program are designed to meet the needs of the communities we serve. Our broad spectrum of community-based services includes children’s partial hospitalization program, specialized foster care, adoption services, a case management program for drug-addicted moms and their babies, and in-home and other specialized therapeutic community based programs.

The Acute Partial Hospitalization Program (APHP) is designed to provide a therapeutic environment for children who find it difficult to function in school and community environments. The goal of the program is to help stabilize a child’s behavior as an alternative to hospitalization or residential treatment, or as ongoing support following a youth’s discharge from such care.  The focus of the program is to provide intensive multidisciplinary mental health care during the day, allowing the child to reside in their home.

The program serves children ages 5 to 18 years old who suffer from moderate to profound acute psychiatric disorders that impair social, vocational, and / or educational abilities.

Services include: psychiatric evaluations, substance abuse screening, medication monitoring, individual, group, and family therapy, case management, tutorial services, behavioral modification and crisis management/intervention services, and assistance in setting up aftercare for the child when they are prepared to leave the program.

To make a referral, please contact the Program Supervisor at 610-898-4901 ext: 2024 or fax information to (610) 898-0795.

On average approximately sixty percent of foster children are adopted; by their foster parents. To meet this growing need, CHOR Youth & Family Services, Inc. has expanded our continuum of care to include Adoption Services. As a SWAN affiliate, our staff are 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. As part of this new commitment, we will also be teaching all of our foster families to be resource families, which include information sessions on foster parenting and adoptive parenting. Resulting, 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.

“Helping women who have a history of drug and alcohol issues make healthy choices for themselves and their children.”

Berks Parents Services Collaborative (BPSC), established in July, 1991, is a maternal addictions program for Berks County women funded by the Council On Chemical Abuse and Community Care Behavioral Health.

The goals of the program include:

  • Reduce the number of infants born exposed  to alcohol and other drugs
  • Empower, educate and link pregnant and postpartum substance abusing women to drug and alcohol treatment and other social service agencies
  • Reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect
  • Advocate for the clients and their children
  • Provide hope
  • Remove barriers to success

BPSC services include case management services, service planning, outreach services, educational and life skills groups. BPSC, in conjunction with many other local human service agencies, helps to improve the quality of life for the women and their children.

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, help guide the program and services offered.

If you are struggling or have a history of chemical dependency and are pregnant and/or parenting children. Please contact the Berks Parents Services Collaborative program for help at (610) 478-9830. Services are confidential.

The ERC program is a collaborative effort designed to work closely with schools, County Juvenile Probation, parents/families, community members, and other community human service providers to aid juvenile delinquent 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. Through community-based interventions, group sessions, life skills development, recreational activities and community service, the overall goals of the program are:

  • improving academic attendance
  • attending judicial hearings
  • maintaining appropriate behavior in the home
  • participating in community service
  • refrain from committing any new criminal offenses.

Offered in:

Berks County
1040 Nicolls St.
Reading, PA 19604

Lehigh County
1524 W. Linden St.
Allentown, PA 18102

Our programs are based on the belief that children/adolescents should receive services in the least restrictive environment while maintaining community safety. We believe an effective way to achieve this is by providing a continuum of care with varying levels of intensity of in-home services. We recognize the importance of family involvement in providing services to meet the needs of the identified youth and ensuring their active role in treatment planning.

Our approach emphasizes personal accountability when working with pre-adjudicated/adjudicated dependent and delinquent youth/families in a community setting. We expect resistance and spend great energy attempting to work through it to avoid more intensive levels of service. We help youth/families become successful by viewing the resistance as the first level of intervention. We understand that repeated and relentless efforts may be necessary to assist in developing compliance with basic program expectations.

To make a referral, contact our staff at (610) 758-8414 during business hours (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM). Pre-placement interviews may be required prior to admission.

In-Home Service (IS)

The In-Home Service program is designed to be utilized as a free-standing community intervention model, a step-down from more intensive community programming, or as aftercare assisting with the transition of the youth returning to the community from residential placement. The IS program is an individualized and creative approach for male and female youth ranging from 8 to 20 years of age. The program involves case management, direct service, and supervision in the community, school, and home milieus.

An assigned Community Interventionist is responsible for the client and a minimum of three direct contacts occur with Lehigh Valley CHOR In-Home staff weekly. These contacts will consist of two individual contacts with one group contact. If the youth is not in group, an additional contact will be made. If the youth is not present for a scheduled session, at least one additional contact will be made to make up for the missed session. The Community Interventionist will act as a change agent, liaison, and advocate for the identified youth. The client will receive life skills training, alcohol and other drug prevention/intervention, anger management/emotional regulation, and community/victim awareness. The BARJ philosophy is utilized with community/victim empathy, restoration, and competency development woven throughout service delivery. 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. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. The average length of stay is approximately six months. Community Interventionists will ideally carry no more than six full-time IS equivalents to maintain service intensity. CHOR Services staff are on-call 24 hours a day to assist with issues/crises that may arise when the primary Community Interventionist is not available.

The Family Program is designed to provide in-home and on-site services to unbalanced family systems. The family is viewed as the client and as such, direct contact is made with the family and also the primary identified youth within the family constellation. Service provision is individualized and flexible to meet the needs of the family and referring agent. Levels/types of interventions are determined/assessed by the treatment team and the identified needs of the referring agency. Lehigh Valley CHOR Services staff will attempt to have direct contact with the identified youth four times weekly. Weekly in-home family sessions are provided. The identified youth receives services from a primary Community Interventionist in addition to the family worker, a Family Interventionist. Typically, the Community Interventionist has two individual contacts and one group contact with the client. The Family Interventionist has one family session. If the client is not in group, an additional individual contact will be made. if the youth/family is not present for the session, at least one additional contact will be made to make up for the missed session. 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. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. Program length of stay varies depending on the complexities within the family and may last nine months or more. CHOR Services staff are on-call 24 hours a day to assist with issues/crises that may arise when the primary Community Interventionist is not available.

Intensive Family Program (IFP)

This intensive program provides five direct contact attempts weekly within the family system. There are typically two identified youth, and the family needs various levels of intervention. Each youth has their own Community Interventionist and there is a Family Interventionist assigned to the case that meets with the entire family. Generally speaking, each youth receives two individual contacts a week with one additional family session with the entire family. If the youth/family is not present for a scheduled session, there is at least one additional attempted contact made to make up for the missed session. Services in this program are provided to school aged youth and older. Weekly in-home family sessions and youth groups are provided as appropriate. 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. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. The duration of IFP varies and can last more than nine months depending on the complexities within the family. Lehigh Valley CHOR Services staff will be on-call 24 hours a day to assist with issues/crises that may arise when the primary Community Interventionist is not available.

Residential Prevention Program (RPP)

This program was designed to provide intensive intervention to delinquent/dependent youth of either gender from 10 to 20 years of age. It can be utilized for high-risk youth as an opportunity to prevent residential placement or as a step down for youth returning early from residential placement. This intensive program is designed to provide cost effective services by preventing residential placement and/or to reduce the length of stay in residential facilities. As the identified youth progresses in the program, the youth can be transferred to a program of lesser intensity/cost. This program offers daily contacts with five attempts at direct contacts weekly. Youth groups are available with the remaining services being provided in the community, schools, and home. The client will receive life skills training, alcohol and other drug prevention/intervention, anger management/emotional regulation, community/victim awareness, and interventions in other individualized areas. The BARJ philosophy is utilized with community/victim empathy, restoration, and competency development woven throughout service delivery. 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. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. CHOR Services staff are on-call 24 hours a day to assist with issues/crises that may arise when the primary Community Interventionist is not available.

Individual and Family Sessions

This service provides individual and/or family sessions in the home, community, and/or on -site. These sessions can provide the following services (but are not limited to) parenting skills, life skills, family sessions when the youth is home on pass from residential placement, etc. This service is best utilized when a youth is in transition from placement; the family system needs to work on issues while the youth is out of the home; and to go through closure after the child/children are removed from the home. 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. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement.

Specialized In-Home Service (SIS)

The Specialized In-Home Service program was designed to be utilized as a free-standing 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 placement. The SIS program is an individualized and creative approach for sexually acting out youth ranging from 8 to 20 years of age. The program involves case management, direct service, and supervision in the community, school, and home milieus.

An assigned Community Interventionist is responsible for the client and a minimum of three attempted direct contacts will occur with CHOR Services staff weekly, with typically two individual sessions and one group session. If the youth is not in group, an additional individual contact will be made. If the youth is not present for a scheduled session, at least one additional contact will be made to make up for the missed session. The Community Interventionist will act as a change agent, liaison, and advocate for the identified youth. The youth sessions are primarily focused on sex offense specific psycho-education, prevention and victimization, but also cover other life skill training. Service plans are developed and implemented in conjunction with referral sources. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during program and post discharge. Lehigh Valley CHOR In-Home will utilize the recommended topics of The Revised Report from the National Task Force on Juvenile Sexual Offending (Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 1993, Vol. 44, No. 4). The BARJ philosophy is utilized with community/victim empathy, restoration, and competency development woven throughout service delivery. 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. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. Weekly groups are available on-site for the youth. Transportation assistance is available, if needed, to youth attending group. The average length of stay is approximately twelve to eighteen months. Community Interventionists will ideally carry no more than six full-time SIS equivalents to maintain service intensity.

Specialized Family Program (SFP)

The Specialized Family Program is designed to provide intensive in-home and on-site family-based services for sexually acting out youth behavior within a family system. The family and one identified youth are viewed as the client and as such, direct contacts are made with the family and the primary identified youth. Lehigh Valley CHOR Services staff will have direct contact attempts with the identified youth four times weekly. The Community Interventionist typically meets with the youth individually two times per week and the youth has one group contact. The Family Interventionist meets with the family for one session a week. If the client is not in group, an additional individual contact will be made. If the youth/family is not present for the session, at least one additional contact will be made to make up for the missed session. The identified youth receives services from a primary Community Interventionist in addition to the Family Interventionist. 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. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. Program length of stay varies depending on the complexities within the family and may last eighteen months or more. CHOR Services staff will be on-call 24 hours a day to assist with issues/crises that may arise when the primary Community Interventionist is not available.

Specialized Intensive Program (SIP)

This program was designed to provide intensive intervention to the sexually acting out youth ranging from 8 to 20 years of age. It can be utilized selectively for high-risk youth as an opportunity to prevent residential placement, as a step down for youth returning early from residential placement, or as an intensive aftercare program for sexually acting out youth with multiple issues that also need to be addressed. It can additionally be utilized when there is more than one sexually acting out youth in the home, particularly if there are multiple victims but no perpetrator in the home. If the program is working with one youth, there will be daily contacts on some level with five attempts at direct contacts weekly, including group, if desired. If there are multiple victims within the home, CHOR staff will provide two individual contacts with each victim. The Family Interventionist meets with the family for one session a week. If the youth/family is not present for a scheduled session, at least one additional contact will be made to make up for the missed session. 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. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. Group and individual sessions will primarily address sexual acting and/or victimization specific issues, but other sessions may include life skills training, alcohol and other drug prevention/intervention, community/victim awareness, anger management, and interventions in other individualized areas. The BARJ philosophy is utilized with community/victim empathy, restoration, and competency development woven throughout service delivery. CHOR Services staff will be on-call 24 hours a day to assist with issues/crises that may arise when the primary Community Interventionist is not available.

Specialized Individual and Family Sessions

This service provides individual and/or family sessions in the home, community, and/or on-site. These sessions will be utilized to address specific sexual acting out issues with a youth or within a family system. Sessions can also be used for family and/or individual sessions when the youth is home on pass from residential placement, etc. 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. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement.

This service is provided to assist with the prevention of residential placement, community safety, and complete client disclosure. Polygraph tests are solely therapeutic in nature.

Lehigh Valley Outpatient Clinic by CHOR Youth & Family Services, Inc. opened its doors in 2014, and is licensed by Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. CHOR Youth & Services, Inc. offers outpatient services to our community as part of our continuum of care.

Outpatient Services are provided at our offices in Easton, at local schools, and in the Reading location. We provide confidential assessments and interventions to individuals in all phases of life experiencing a variety of mental health issues, individual and family therapy, group therapy, psychiatric evaluation and treatment.

Our team offers Psychiatric Medical Services and Masters Level Mental Health Therapy. The Medical Team includes Board Certified Psychiatrists and Registered Nurses to provide a comprehensive service in the specialty of Psychiatry. The Masters Level Mental Health Professionals are experienced clinicians specializing in anxiety, depression, bipolar, family issues, adjustment problems, trauma, and crisis intervention

Our School-Based Outpatient Services is a program that allows children and adolescents, parents and families and school staff to benefit in behavioral treatment in the school setting. Our clinicians are specially trained to work with the child, family and school staff to provide interventions that are focused on improving the child’s level of functioning at school, home and community.

The Outpatient Services accepts most Medicaid insurances and some commercial insurance plans.

Inquiries should be directed to: Program Director

Office: 610-250-1943

Fax Number: 610-250-5634

We are located at 2000 S. 25th Street, Easton PA and at 1010 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

To learn more about becoming a foster parent call (610) 478-8129

Become a Foster Parent

Our society is based on the belief that the family is the cornerstone to good development. Throughout this area 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 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.


Foster Parent Job Description

Job Objective:

To help the child in your temporary care to be able to have a permanent home of his or her own.

Responsibilities

  • To help the child in your home maintain or improve relationships with family and friends; school adjustment; and physical growth and development.
  • To maintain an attitude of respect and understanding toward he parents of the child in your home because these people are important to the child.
  • To help the agency in the development and implementation of casework plans for the child in your home.
  • To continue to meet the needs of your own family while sharing your family with the child in your care.

Qualifications:

Whether you are an older adult or a younger adult. single, or married, a working or non-working parent, there may be a place for you on our team, if you:

  • Can make a commitment to be meaningful to a child’s lifetime instead of making a lifetime commitment to a child.
  • Can participate in pre-service meetings about your new parenting job.
  • Through pre-service meetings, can demonstrate that you are a creative problem-solver; have listening skills, flexibility and sense of humor.
  • Respect children and families.
  • Can manage your family finances with the addition of another child and the agency’s amount of reimbursement or medical care, clothing, room and board.

Training:

Training is provided both prior to placement of a child in your home and on a regular basis following placement. Trainers are experienced foster parents, caseworkers and other community members who provide foster care resources.

Commitment:

If you agree to be a foster parent, we ask that you make a commitment to work with the child in your home for a minimum of six months, unless there are plans for the child to move to a permanent home in less time. You will not receive a salary, only reimbursement for the cost of child care, but you will receive other kinds of ‘paychecks’ or rewards:

  • An opportunity to make new friends.
  • New learning experiences.
  • A terrific challenge.
  • The opportunity to develop new parenting skills.
  • A special role in the community.
  • The satisfaction of helping a child and his or her family in improving their relationship.

Foster Parent Responsibilities

Our objective is to provide a treatment oriented program in a family setting. In order to
meet this objective, the foster family must be willing to accept the following responsibilities:

  • Help the child maintain or improve relationships with his/her birth family, school, and peers
  • Encourage and support the child as he/she grows physically, academically, socially, and emotionally
  • Maintain an attitude of respect and understanding toward birthparents, who are important to the child in care
  • Work closely with your social worker in order to develop and implement therapeutic treatment plans for the child
  • Continue to meet the needs of you own family while sharing your home and family with the child in your care
  • Participate in on-going training relative to the special needs of these children

If you feel that you and your family have something to offer a child in need, consider the challenge. Please contact The Children’s Home of Reading and find out how you can become a part of a professional team who cares, and help us make a difference in someone’s life.

Upcoming Events

Foster Care Information Meeting – First Wednesday each month

Upcoming Meetings:

Wednesday, November 7th 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Wednesday, December 5th 5:00-6pm

Dates for Preservice Training 2018

To Be Determined

Spanish Pre-service Training

Fall dates: October 27, 2018.

The Children’s Home of Reading 1010 Centre Ave., Reading

RSVP to Justine at 610-478-8129

The Children’s Home of Reading’s Specialized Foster Care Level V Program (SFC V) provides an alternative to institutional, residential and group home care for youth who exhibit sexually acting out/reactive/abusing behaviors and are considered appropriate to stay within a community setting. This is accomplished through the utilization of a host home model that limits the number of clients in the resource home to one, provides increased training, supervision and support to the host parents while simultaneously providing in-biological home services.

Target Population:

  1. Age 12- 18 years of age and not an emancipated minor
  2. Have significant impairments in functioning within the family and/or among peers as exhibited by sexually acting out/reactive/abusing behaviors.
  3. The behaviors warrant out-of-home placement and cannot be effectively addressed through a lower level of care.
  4. A history of failed treatment efforts and/or multiple failed placements

Youth who exhibit any of the following are not appropriate for the service:

  1. Developmental disabilities that would interfere with understanding point and level system and treatment.
  2. An IQ under 70
  3. Acutely suicidal, homicidal, or psychotic behavior
  4. Primary concern is substance abuse and/or fire setting

Services Provided:

A Treatment Team works collaboratively to utilize trauma specific interventions and cognitive behavioral techniques to assist the client in healing and reframing their impaired thought patterns. The self-esteem of clients is enhanced through the team promoting and modeling a positive self-imagine.

Team Members and their functions:

  • A CHOR Specialized Foster Care staff member is on call 24/7 for support and assistance.
  • A CHOR Specialized Foster Care Level V staff member will contact the Host Home parents daily to obtain information about the youth’s behavior and offer support and guidance to the Host Home parent to assist in managing the youth’s behavior.
  • Host parents participate in pre-training and on-going training dedicated to promoting their understanding of sexually abusive behaviors and to guide their response to this specialized population. Specific trainings related to hosting a sexually abusive youth include: therapeutic treatment terms (to ensure common language amongst members of the team), normative vs. atypical sexual behaviors, safety plans, sexual history, Pathways, grooming behaviors, offense cycles, relapse prevention plan, informed supervision, and boundaries (setting, violations, typical reasons for violations, responses to violations).
  • Additional training is made available to aid treatment with specific problems presented by clients.

COMMUNITY BASED PROGRAMS

The Children’s Home of Reading’s community-based program are designed to meet the needs of the communities we serve. Our broad spectrum of community-based services includes children’s partial hospitalization program, specialized foster care, adoption services, a case management program for drug-addicted moms and their babies, and in-home and other specialized therapeutic community based programs.

The Acute Partial Hospitalization Program (APHP) is designed to provide a therapeutic environment for children who find it difficult to function in school and community environments. The goal of the program is to help stabilize a child’s behavior as an alternative to hospitalization or residential treatment, or as ongoing support following a youth’s discharge from such care.  The focus of the program is to provide intensive multidisciplinary mental health care during the day, allowing the child to reside in their home.

The program serves children ages 5 to 18 years old who suffer from moderate to profound acute psychiatric disorders that impair social, vocational, and / or educational abilities.

Services include: psychiatric evaluations, substance abuse screening, medication monitoring, individual, group, and family therapy, case management, tutorial services, behavioral modification and crisis management/intervention services, and assistance in setting up aftercare for the child when they are prepared to leave the program.

To make a referral, please contact the Program Supervisor at 610-898-4901 ext: 2024 or fax information to (610) 898-0795.

On average approximately sixty percent of foster children are adopted; by their foster parents. To meet this growing need, CHOR Youth & Family Services, Inc. has expanded our continuum of care to include Adoption Services. As a SWAN affiliate, our staff are 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. As part of this new commitment, we will also be teaching all of our foster families to be resource families, which include information sessions on foster parenting and adoptive parenting. Resulting, 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.

“Helping women who have a history of drug and alcohol issues make healthy choices for themselves and their children.”

Berks Parents Services Collaborative (BPSC), established in July, 1991, is a maternal addictions program for Berks County women funded by the Council On Chemical Abuse and Community Care Behavioral Health.

The goals of the program include:

  • Reduce the number of infants born exposed  to alcohol and other drugs
  • Empower, educate and link pregnant and postpartum substance abusing women to drug and alcohol treatment and other social service agencies
  • Reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect
  • Advocate for the clients and their children
  • Provide hope
  • Remove barriers to success

BPSC services include case management services, service planning, outreach services, educational and life skills groups. BPSC, in conjunction with many other local human service agencies, helps to improve the quality of life for the women and their children.

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, help guide the program and services offered.

If you are struggling or have a history of chemical dependency and are pregnant and/or parenting children. Please contact the Berks Parents Services Collaborative program for help at (610) 478-9830. Services are confidential.

The ERC program is a collaborative effort designed to work closely with schools, County Juvenile Probation, parents/families, community members, and other community human service providers to aid juvenile delinquent 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. Through community-based interventions, group sessions, life skills development, recreational activities and community service, the overall goals of the program are:

  • improving academic attendance
  • attending judicial hearings
  • maintaining appropriate behavior in the home
  • participating in community service
  • refrain from committing any new criminal offenses.

Offered in:

Berks County
1040 Nicolls St.
Reading, PA 19604

Lehigh County
1524 W. Linden St.
Allentown, PA 18102

Our programs are based on the belief that children/adolescents should receive services in the least restrictive environment while maintaining community safety. We believe an effective way to achieve this is by providing a continuum of care with varying levels of intensity of in-home services. We recognize the importance of family involvement in providing services to meet the needs of the identified youth and ensuring their active role in treatment planning.

Our approach emphasizes personal accountability when working with pre-adjudicated/adjudicated dependent and delinquent youth/families in a community setting. We expect resistance and spend great energy attempting to work through it to avoid more intensive levels of service. We help youth/families become successful by viewing the resistance as the first level of intervention. We understand that repeated and relentless efforts may be necessary to assist in developing compliance with basic program expectations.

To make a referral, contact our staff at (610) 758-8414 during business hours (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM). Pre-placement interviews may be required prior to admission.

In-Home Service (IS)

The In-Home Service program is designed to be utilized as a free-standing community intervention model, a step-down from more intensive community programming, or as aftercare assisting with the transition of the youth returning to the community from residential placement. The IS program is an individualized and creative approach for male and female youth ranging from 8 to 20 years of age. The program involves case management, direct service, and supervision in the community, school, and home milieus.

An assigned Community Interventionist is responsible for the client and a minimum of three direct contacts occur with Lehigh Valley CHOR In-Home staff weekly. These contacts will consist of two individual contacts with one group contact. If the youth is not in group, an additional contact will be made. If the youth is not present for a scheduled session, at least one additional contact will be made to make up for the missed session. The Community Interventionist will act as a change agent, liaison, and advocate for the identified youth. The client will receive life skills training, alcohol and other drug prevention/intervention, anger management/emotional regulation, and community/victim awareness. The BARJ philosophy is utilized with community/victim empathy, restoration, and competency development woven throughout service delivery. 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. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. The average length of stay is approximately six months. Community Interventionists will ideally carry no more than six full-time IS equivalents to maintain service intensity. CHOR Services staff are on-call 24 hours a day to assist with issues/crises that may arise when the primary Community Interventionist is not available.

The Family Program is designed to provide in-home and on-site services to unbalanced family systems. The family is viewed as the client and as such, direct contact is made with the family and also the primary identified youth within the family constellation. Service provision is individualized and flexible to meet the needs of the family and referring agent. Levels/types of interventions are determined/assessed by the treatment team and the identified needs of the referring agency. Lehigh Valley CHOR Services staff will attempt to have direct contact with the identified youth four times weekly. Weekly in-home family sessions are provided. The identified youth receives services from a primary Community Interventionist in addition to the family worker, a Family Interventionist. Typically, the Community Interventionist has two individual contacts and one group contact with the client. The Family Interventionist has one family session. If the client is not in group, an additional individual contact will be made. if the youth/family is not present for the session, at least one additional contact will be made to make up for the missed session. 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. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. Program length of stay varies depending on the complexities within the family and may last nine months or more. CHOR Services staff are on-call 24 hours a day to assist with issues/crises that may arise when the primary Community Interventionist is not available.

Intensive Family Program (IFP)

This intensive program provides five direct contact attempts weekly within the family system. There are typically two identified youth, and the family needs various levels of intervention. Each youth has their own Community Interventionist and there is a Family Interventionist assigned to the case that meets with the entire family. Generally speaking, each youth receives two individual contacts a week with one additional family session with the entire family. If the youth/family is not present for a scheduled session, there is at least one additional attempted contact made to make up for the missed session. Services in this program are provided to school aged youth and older. Weekly in-home family sessions and youth groups are provided as appropriate. 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. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. The duration of IFP varies and can last more than nine months depending on the complexities within the family. Lehigh Valley CHOR Services staff will be on-call 24 hours a day to assist with issues/crises that may arise when the primary Community Interventionist is not available.

Residential Prevention Program (RPP)

This program was designed to provide intensive intervention to delinquent/dependent youth of either gender from 10 to 20 years of age. It can be utilized for high-risk youth as an opportunity to prevent residential placement or as a step down for youth returning early from residential placement. This intensive program is designed to provide cost effective services by preventing residential placement and/or to reduce the length of stay in residential facilities. As the identified youth progresses in the program, the youth can be transferred to a program of lesser intensity/cost. This program offers daily contacts with five attempts at direct contacts weekly. Youth groups are available with the remaining services being provided in the community, schools, and home. The client will receive life skills training, alcohol and other drug prevention/intervention, anger management/emotional regulation, community/victim awareness, and interventions in other individualized areas. The BARJ philosophy is utilized with community/victim empathy, restoration, and competency development woven throughout service delivery. 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. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. CHOR Services staff are on-call 24 hours a day to assist with issues/crises that may arise when the primary Community Interventionist is not available.

Individual and Family Sessions

This service provides individual and/or family sessions in the home, community, and/or on -site. These sessions can provide the following services (but are not limited to) parenting skills, life skills, family sessions when the youth is home on pass from residential placement, etc. This service is best utilized when a youth is in transition from placement; the family system needs to work on issues while the youth is out of the home; and to go through closure after the child/children are removed from the home. 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. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement.

Specialized In-Home Service (SIS)

The Specialized In-Home Service program was designed to be utilized as a free-standing 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 placement. The SIS program is an individualized and creative approach for sexually acting out youth ranging from 8 to 20 years of age. The program involves case management, direct service, and supervision in the community, school, and home milieus.

An assigned Community Interventionist is responsible for the client and a minimum of three attempted direct contacts will occur with CHOR Services staff weekly, with typically two individual sessions and one group session. If the youth is not in group, an additional individual contact will be made. If the youth is not present for a scheduled session, at least one additional contact will be made to make up for the missed session. The Community Interventionist will act as a change agent, liaison, and advocate for the identified youth. The youth sessions are primarily focused on sex offense specific psycho-education, prevention and victimization, but also cover other life skill training. Service plans are developed and implemented in conjunction with referral sources. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during program and post discharge. Lehigh Valley CHOR In-Home will utilize the recommended topics of The Revised Report from the National Task Force on Juvenile Sexual Offending (Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 1993, Vol. 44, No. 4). The BARJ philosophy is utilized with community/victim empathy, restoration, and competency development woven throughout service delivery. 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. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. Weekly groups are available on-site for the youth. Transportation assistance is available, if needed, to youth attending group. The average length of stay is approximately twelve to eighteen months. Community Interventionists will ideally carry no more than six full-time SIS equivalents to maintain service intensity.

Specialized Family Program (SFP)

The Specialized Family Program is designed to provide intensive in-home and on-site family-based services for sexually acting out youth behavior within a family system. The family and one identified youth are viewed as the client and as such, direct contacts are made with the family and the primary identified youth. Lehigh Valley CHOR Services staff will have direct contact attempts with the identified youth four times weekly. The Community Interventionist typically meets with the youth individually two times per week and the youth has one group contact. The Family Interventionist meets with the family for one session a week. If the client is not in group, an additional individual contact will be made. If the youth/family is not present for the session, at least one additional contact will be made to make up for the missed session. The identified youth receives services from a primary Community Interventionist in addition to the Family Interventionist. 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. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. Program length of stay varies depending on the complexities within the family and may last eighteen months or more. CHOR Services staff will be on-call 24 hours a day to assist with issues/crises that may arise when the primary Community Interventionist is not available.

Specialized Intensive Program (SIP)

This program was designed to provide intensive intervention to the sexually acting out youth ranging from 8 to 20 years of age. It can be utilized selectively for high-risk youth as an opportunity to prevent residential placement, as a step down for youth returning early from residential placement, or as an intensive aftercare program for sexually acting out youth with multiple issues that also need to be addressed. It can additionally be utilized when there is more than one sexually acting out youth in the home, particularly if there are multiple victims but no perpetrator in the home. If the program is working with one youth, there will be daily contacts on some level with five attempts at direct contacts weekly, including group, if desired. If there are multiple victims within the home, CHOR staff will provide two individual contacts with each victim. The Family Interventionist meets with the family for one session a week. If the youth/family is not present for a scheduled session, at least one additional contact will be made to make up for the missed session. 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. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. Group and individual sessions will primarily address sexual acting and/or victimization specific issues, but other sessions may include life skills training, alcohol and other drug prevention/intervention, community/victim awareness, anger management, and interventions in other individualized areas. The BARJ philosophy is utilized with community/victim empathy, restoration, and competency development woven throughout service delivery. CHOR Services staff will be on-call 24 hours a day to assist with issues/crises that may arise when the primary Community Interventionist is not available.

Specialized Individual and Family Sessions

This service provides individual and/or family sessions in the home, community, and/or on-site. These sessions will be utilized to address specific sexual acting out issues with a youth or within a family system. Sessions can also be used for family and/or individual sessions when the youth is home on pass from residential placement, etc. 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. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement.

This service is provided to assist with the prevention of residential placement, community safety, and complete client disclosure. Polygraph tests are solely therapeutic in nature.

Lehigh Valley Outpatient Clinic by CHOR Youth & Family Services, Inc. opened its doors in 2014, and is licensed by Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. CHOR Youth & Services, Inc. offers outpatient services to our community as part of our continuum of care.

Outpatient Services are provided at our offices in Easton, at local schools, and in the Reading location. We provide confidential assessments and interventions to individuals in all phases of life experiencing a variety of mental health issues, individual and family therapy, group therapy, psychiatric evaluation and treatment.

Our team offers Psychiatric Medical Services and Masters Level Mental Health Therapy. The Medical Team includes Board Certified Psychiatrists and Registered Nurses to provide a comprehensive service in the specialty of Psychiatry. The Masters Level Mental Health Professionals are experienced clinicians specializing in anxiety, depression, bipolar, family issues, adjustment problems, trauma, and crisis intervention

Our School-Based Outpatient Services is a program that allows children and adolescents, parents and families and school staff to benefit in behavioral treatment in the school setting. Our clinicians are specially trained to work with the child, family and school staff to provide interventions that are focused on improving the child’s level of functioning at school, home and community.

The Outpatient Services accepts most Medicaid insurances and some commercial insurance plans.

Inquiries should be directed to: Program Director

Office: 610-250-1943

Fax Number: 610-250-5634

We are located at 2000 S. 25th Street, Easton PA and at 1010 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

To learn more about becoming a foster parent call (610) 478-8129

Become a Foster Parent

Our society is based on the belief that the family is the cornerstone to good development. Throughout this area 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 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.


Foster Parent Job Description

Job Objective:

To help the child in your temporary care to be able to have a permanent home of his or her own.

Responsibilities

  • To help the child in your home maintain or improve relationships with family and friends; school adjustment; and physical growth and development.
  • To maintain an attitude of respect and understanding toward he parents of the child in your home because these people are important to the child.
  • To help the agency in the development and implementation of casework plans for the child in your home.
  • To continue to meet the needs of your own family while sharing your family with the child in your care.

Qualifications:

Whether you are an older adult or a younger adult. single, or married, a working or non-working parent, there may be a place for you on our team, if you:

  • Can make a commitment to be meaningful to a child’s lifetime instead of making a lifetime commitment to a child.
  • Can participate in pre-service meetings about your new parenting job.
  • Through pre-service meetings, can demonstrate that you are a creative problem-solver; have listening skills, flexibility and sense of humor.
  • Respect children and families.
  • Can manage your family finances with the addition of another child and the agency’s amount of reimbursement or medical care, clothing, room and board.

Training:

Training is provided both prior to placement of a child in your home and on a regular basis following placement. Trainers are experienced foster parents, caseworkers and other community members who provide foster care resources.

Commitment:

If you agree to be a foster parent, we ask that you make a commitment to work with the child in your home for a minimum of six months, unless there are plans for the child to move to a permanent home in less time. You will not receive a salary, only reimbursement for the cost of child care, but you will receive other kinds of ‘paychecks’ or rewards:

  • An opportunity to make new friends.
  • New learning experiences.
  • A terrific challenge.
  • The opportunity to develop new parenting skills.
  • A special role in the community.
  • The satisfaction of helping a child and his or her family in improving their relationship.

Foster Parent Responsibilities

Our objective is to provide a treatment oriented program in a family setting. In order to

meet this objective, the foster family must be willing to accept the following responsibilities:

  • Help the child maintain or improve relationships with his/her birth family, school, and peers
  • Encourage and support the child as he/she grows physically, academically, socially, and emotionally
  • Maintain an attitude of respect and understanding toward birthparents, who are important to the child in care
  • Work closely with your social worker in order to develop and implement therapeutic treatment plans for the child
  • Continue to meet the needs of you own family while sharing your home and family with the child in your care
  • Participate in on-going training relative to the special needs of these children

If you feel that you and your family have something to offer a child in need, consider the challenge. Please contact The Children’s Home of Reading and find out how you can become a part of a professional team who cares, and help us make a difference in someone’s life.

Upcoming Events

Foster Care Information Meeting – First Wednesday each month

Information Night (Both English and Spanish speaking ) is CANCELLED for March 7, 2018

The next meeting date:

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Dates for Preservice Training 2018

The Preservice Training scheduled for Wednesday March 7th is CANCELLED due to the predicted winter storm

The First Session will now take place on Wednesday, March 14th

March/April (Wednesday Evenings 5:30 – 9) 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11

June (Saturdays 9 – 4) 6/2, 6/16, 6/30

September/ October (Wednesday Evenings 5:30 – 9) 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10

Spanish Pre-service Training:

Spring dates: March 31, April 14, and April 28, 2018.

Fall dates: September 22, October 13, and October 27, 2018.

The Children’s Home of Reading 1010 Centre Ave., Reading

RSVP to Justine at 610-478-8129

The Children’s Home of Reading’s Specialized Foster Care Level V Program (SFC V) provides an alternative to institutional, residential and group home care for youth who exhibit sexually acting out/reactive/abusing behaviors and are considered appropriate to stay within a community setting. This is accomplished through the utilization of a host home model that limits the number of clients in the resource home to one, provides increased training, supervision and support to the host parents while simultaneously providing in-biological home services.

Target Population:

  1. Age 12- 18 years of age and not an emancipated minor
  2. Have significant impairments in functioning within the family and/or among peers as exhibited by sexually acting out/reactive/abusing behaviors.
  3. The behaviors warrant out-of-home placement and cannot be effectively addressed through a lower level of care.
  4. A history of failed treatment efforts and/or multiple failed placements

Youth who exhibit any of the following are not appropriate for the service:

  1. Developmental disabilities that would interfere with understanding point and level system and treatment.
  2. An IQ under 70
  3. Acutely suicidal, homicidal, or psychotic behavior
  4. Primary concern is substance abuse and/or fire setting

Services Provided:

A Treatment Team works collaboratively to utilize trauma specific interventions and cognitive behavioral techniques to assist the client in healing and reframing their impaired thought patterns. The self-esteem of clients is enhanced through the team promoting and modeling a positive self-imagine.

Team Members and their functions:

  • A CHOR Specialized Foster Care staff member is on call 24/7 for support and assistance.
  • A CHOR Specialized Foster Care Level V staff member will contact the Host Home parents daily to obtain information about the youth’s behavior and offer support and guidance to the Host Home parent to assist in managing the youth’s behavior.
  • Host parents participate in pre-training and on-going training dedicated to promoting their understanding of sexually abusive behaviors and to guide their response to this specialized population. Specific trainings related to hosting a sexually abusive youth include: therapeutic treatment terms (to ensure common language amongst members of the team), normative vs. atypical sexual behaviors, safety plans, sexual history, Pathways, grooming behaviors, offense cycles, relapse prevention plan, informed supervision, and boundaries (setting, violations, typical reasons for violations, responses to violations).
  • Additional training is made available to aid treatment with specific problems presented by clients.

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